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Be Light Like a Bird by [Schröder, Monika]
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Length: 240 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 8 - 12 Grade Level: 3 - 7

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Gr 5–8—Wren is grieving. Her father has just passed away, his body lost at sea after a flying lesson crash. She would like nothing more than to talk with, cry with, or even just get a hug from her mom, but her mother is grieving in a different way—she's angry, and she doesn't want to talk about it. After burning all of her husband's papers and getting rid of all his possessions, she packs up the car and drives Wren north out of Georgia, to a new life. A couple of weeks later, they move on again. And then again. Finally, they can't get any further north than Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and Wren decides she won't let her mom move them anymore. Being the new kid in sixth grade isn't easy, but she does manage to get to know Theo, a boy who also has a deceased parent. Wren and Theo discover that the town dump is planning to expand and fill in the wetland where Wren likes to bird-watch, and they begin to form a friendship as they research and start an environmental movement against the plan, with the help of several caring adults in town. In this book, readers experience the many different forms that grief can take and the varied effects it can have on people. Despite the heavy theme, the story is not mired in mourning, and the empowerment that Wren and Theo begin to feel as they work together is uplifting. Some of the secondary characters are one-dimensional, and the arc of Wren's mother's journey is a little uneven; however, overall, this is a thoughtful novel. VERDICT A moving and ultimately heartwarming journey through loss. Hand to readers who loved Ali Benjamin's The Thing About Jellyfish.—Jenny Berggren, Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley, CA


"This book should come with a warning. It will pull you in, break your heart, and take you by surprise. A masterful weaving of loss and grief, friendship and family, bullies and birds...I guarantee you've never read anything like it." - Barbara O'Connor, author of How To Steal a Dog

"A moving and ultimately heartwarming journey through loss. Hand to readers who loved Ali Benjamin's The Thing About Jellyfish." - School Library Journal

"Be Light Like a Bird is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, a quiet and gentle story of the isolation of grief--and of growing up. It speaks straight to the heart about the power of communication and of forgiveness and is sure to inspire compassion in its readers." -- Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX

"Wren's sense of self and ingenuity will inspire readers to find hope and opportunity . . ." -- Elizabeth O. Dulemba, author of the award-winning A Bird on Water Street

"With amazing surprises of love, connection, resentment and nature this story weaves together life's lies and truths and explodes when the two can no longer co-exist." -- The Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, Georgia

"This novel is overflowing with great discussion topics including the grief of losing a parent, protecting our environment, Native American history and making special friends in a place you can call home. Highly recommended." -- Schuler Books and Music, Okemos, Michigan

"A wonderful look at the way grief and loss affect us, and how friendship and connection are everything. One of my favorite tween books this year!" - The Fountainhead Bookstore, Hendersonville, North Carolina

"Skillful characterization carries this quiet novel along." - Kirkus Reviews

Product details

  • File Size: 1705 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone Young Readers (September 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JAEGK96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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