Attention owl fans and lovers of middle school literature! If you love owls and if you adore books where characters learn and become something more… Of a Feather is just the book for you.
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Of A Feather, the basic details
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books published Dayna Lorentz’s book Of a Feather. Written for youth 10-12 years. 336 pages in length. I am reviewing an ARC copy for Raincoast Books.
Dayna Lorentz writes a careful story about a young lady caught in a foster care system. A mom who struggles with being sad, and a gramma who can’t be trusted. An aunt with concerns of her own takes Reenie in and thus a story is born. The aunt does Falconry… Reenie is hooked! This makes the first part of the book make a whole lot more sense when we are let into the internal thoughts of a young Great Horned Owl named Rufus. Reenie, Rufus and Falconry and thus a story is born.
I’ll let you in on a secret… it’s a good story.
Just what do you get?
I loved the chapter images. Isn’t Rufus an adorable owl? Reenie had her own chapter image as well. Occasionally they would share a chapter as well. 🙂 There wasn’t a lot of art work in this tome, but those chapter images were great!
Well-developed characters…. we got to know Rufus through his internal dialogue. A thinker, who was lacking in confidence, and not doing well living as a wild owl.
Reenie, a young lass with a troubled family life and then the child care system became involved. Needing a safe place, in stepped her aunt.
You’ll find Of a Feather to be an easy read, suitable for most middle schoolers.
Should You Get It?
YES! Go get this book Of a Feather you won’t regret it.
Do be alert that issues come up that some families really struggle and some aren’t very good for children. So depending on your children this may or may not be a good read for them. BUT nothing bad happens directly, it’s just alluded to.
But the story of Rufus and Reenie and how they helped each other… is such a sweet, good story. Seeing confidence grow in both was a wonderful thing to observe. Trusting their own abilities, learning to trust those around them. Fantastic.