The Secret Language of Birds (Hardcover)

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The Secret Language of Birds (Hardcover)


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If you need a go-to book for girls age 9-13, this is your summer book. You don't need to read Song for a Whale first, but Iris (the protagonist in "Song") is an important tertiary character in this one.
Nina is at summer camp for the first time, but she's not a "real" camper. Her aunt Audrey runs the camp, and Nina is there to pitch in for the summer. Instead, she makes some pretty great friends and gets caught up in a rare-bird sighting that takes everyone by surprise. My favorite message of the book is when Nina can't stop herself from rattling off bird facts and is nicknamed "Wikipedia" by another camper. It's supposed to be a an insult, but her friends come to the rescue by dubbing it a badge of honor.
This is a great book for any child who could benefit from the power of embracing their thirst for knowledge. Recommend for ages 9 and up.

— From Jessilynn

From the award-winning author of Song for a Whale comes a poignant and heartwarming tale about a girl who discovers a pair of endangered birds about to lay eggs in the marshes of her summer camp...and the secret plan she hatches to help them.

Nina is used to feeling like the odd one out, both at school and in her large family. But while trying to fit in at summer camp, she discovers something even more peculiar: two majestic birds have built a nest in the marsh behind an abandoned infirmary. They appear to be whooping cranes, but that’s impossible—Nina is an amateur bird-watcher, and all her resources tell her that those rare birds haven’t nested in Texas for over a hundred years.

When Nina reports the sighting to wildlife officials, more questions arise. Experts track all the endangered birds, but they can’t identify the female bird that Nina found. Who is she, and where did she come from?

With the help of some fellow campers, Nina sets out to discover who the mystery bird really is. As she gets closer to the truth, will she find a flock of her own?

This instant classic captures the coming-of-age moment of learning to spread your wings in a way you'll never forget.
Lynne Kelly is the award-winning author of Song for Whale which won the 2020 Schneider Family Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by New York Public Library. She lives near Houston, Texas with her dogs, Abigail and Eloise.

Product Details ISBN: 9781524770273
ISBN-10: 1524770272
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: April 9th, 2024
Pages: 240
Language: English
"From the lively characters to the secret at the heart of the plot, this book takes readers on an unusual and rewarding adventure." —Booklist

"A slow but cozy and relatable read for nature lovers and those unraveling the mystery of friendship." —Kirkus Reviews