|Of a feather|
Author: Lorentz, Dayna
A baby great horned owl, Second, so called because his sister, First, is already out of the nest, is reluctant to hunt for himself, but when his mother is injured he is forced out into the forest; Maureen is a human girl pulled out of her grandmother's violent home and placed with an aunt--but her Aunt Beatrice is involved in falconry and runs a mews where injured raptors can heal, and it is here Maureen and Second (now called Rufus) meet and learn how to heal each other.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 510714
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/20)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/02/21)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 01/01/2021 After Maureen’s mom is once again admitted to the hospital for mental-health reasons, Reenie is left in the care of a relative she’s never met, her great-aunt Beatrice. Reenie, though resilient, is exhausted and skeptical of the prospect, but Beatrice has a marvelous secret: she’s an experienced falconer, and her red-tailed hawk (“not a pet . . . a partner”) lives in the mews out back. Throwing herself into the world of falconry, Reenie discovers another young creature without a mother or real home: Rufus, the self-proclaimed “absolute worst great horned owl ever,” injured, alone, and hopelessly trapped in a snare. Together, the unlikely pair begin to heal and hope, navigating unfamiliar worlds and learning to trust. Rufus and Reenie split narration duties from chapter to chapter, and it’s often funny; Rufus has a delightfully distinct voice and a bewildered way of sorting out human behavior. A tender tale that reminds readers that families come in all forms and that the greatest rewards come from opening oneself to all that life has to offer. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.