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Be Light Like a Bird
by Monika Schroder


Overview - After the death of her father, twelve-year-old Wren finds her life thrown into upheaval. And when her mother decides to pack up the car and forces Wren to leave the only home she's ever known, the family grows even more fractured. As she and her mother struggle to build a new life, Wren must confront issues with the environment, peer pressure, bullying, and most of all, the difficulty of forgiving those who don't deserve it.  Read more...

 
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Overview
After the death of her father, twelve-year-old Wren finds her life thrown into upheaval. And when her mother decides to pack up the car and forces Wren to leave the only home she's ever known, the family grows even more fractured. As she and her mother struggle to build a new life, Wren must confront issues with the environment, peer pressure, bullying, and most of all, the difficulty of forgiving those who don't deserve it. A quirky, emotional middle grade novel set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Be Light Like a Bird features well-drawn, unconventional characters and explores what it means to be a family--and the secrets and lies that can tear one apart.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781623707491
  • ISBN-10: 1623707498
  • Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 239
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

After 12-year-old Wren's father dies in a plane crash, Wren and her "angry and distant" Ma leave Georgia and begin hopping from town to town in search of a fresh start. In each place it's the same routine: Wren's mother works a lot, falls quickly in and out of love, and they move once again. Seeking stability and a place to go birding, like she used to do with her father, Wren comes up with a plan to buy a house in their third town, near Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. When Wren befriends a "quiet, nerdy" classmate named Theo, they bond over the loss of a parent and work together to save a local nature preserve from becoming a landfill. In a quiet but potent novel about grief, Schröder (My Brother's Shadow) gently traces Wren's struggles as she comes to see both of her parents in a different light. Readers should be easily drawn into Wren's honest, thoughtful narrative as she carries her father's words with her, remembering her past even as she opens her eyes to the future. Ages 912. (Sept.)

 
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