Strange birds a field guide to ruffling feathers

by Pérez, Celia C., 1972-

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After Ofelia, Aster, Cat, and Lane fail to persuade a local girls club to change an outdated tradition, they form an alternative group that shakes up their sleepy Florida town. Includes tips for beginning birders, characteristics of crystals, a cookie recipe, tips for aspiring journalists, directions for creating badges, and facts about the killing of birds for fashion.
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Booklist Review: "Pérez follows her award-winning debut, The First Rule of Punk (2017), with a well-crafted story of friendship and activism as four rising seventh-graders form a secret club that endeavors to make a local scout troop (the Floras) stop using an unethically made feathered hat in its annual pageant. Each girl brings a unique passion and perspective to the group that plays a key role in the story's development. Cat and Ofelia are Cuban American with very different family lives. Bird-obsessed Cat feels pressure to uphold the family tradition of participating in the Flora pageant, and Ofelia (an aspiring journalist) feels smothered by her overprotective parents. Meanwhile, Bahamian American Aster is bright but socially awkward, as a result of being homeschooled. When the girls take up Cat's Flora protest, issues of race and class emerge, proving particularly eye-opening to white, privileged Lane. At times these conversations feel purposeful, but there's no denying their importance. Readers will be invested in the girls' mission, while gaining perspective on how different people's experiences of a shared situation can be.--Julia Smith Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Four unique personalities form a crew with a mission in this engaging, well-plotted second novel from Peréz (The First Rule of Punk). New in Sabal Palms, Fla., and living with her grandmother during her parents' divorce, Lane DiSanti, who is white, randomly places anonymous invitations to her grandmother's opulent home, leading the recipients to form a secret scout troop, "the Ostentation of Others and Outsiders," the summer before seventh grade. Each has a personal motivation for joining the eclectic group: Ofelia Castillo, the daughter of protective Cuban immigrants, is a budding investigative journalist intent on uncovering the affluent DiSanti family's secrets; Cat Garcia, a passionate birder, wants to expose the tragic history behind a local troop's celebrated artifact but feels pressure from her Cuban-American family to fall in line; and culinary whiz Aster Douglas believes her Bahamian ancestors might have been swindled out of the DiSanti fortune. As the girls rally behind Cat's cause, important, nuanced discussions about privilege, institutional racism, and rectifying historical wrongs arise, prompting each to a deeper understanding of intersectionality and activism. Ages 9--12. Agent: Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel, Full Circle Literary. (Sept.)"
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Subjects Clubs Juvenile fiction
Social action Juvenile fiction
Friendship Juvenile fiction
Families Florida Juvenile fiction
Clubs Fiction
Social action Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Family life Florida Fiction
Juvenile Literature
Juvenile Fiction
Florida Juvenile fiction.
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Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Penguin Young Readers Group2019
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience 750L
Language English
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Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographic references.
ISBN 9780425290446
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