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Strange birds : a field guide to ruffling feathers / Celia C. Pérez.

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library J PER (Text) 33500013127279 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J PER (Text) 33500013127287 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780425290439
  • ISBN: 0425290433
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Kokila, [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.:
After Ofelia, Aster, Cat, and Lane fail to persuade a local girls club to change an outdated tradition, they form an alternative group that shakes up their sleepy Florida town.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.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1
    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. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Celia C. Pérez is the author of The First Rule of Punk, a 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book, a 2018 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award Winner, and a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Honor Book. She lives in Chicago with her family where, in addition to writing books about lovable weirdos and outsiders, she works as a librarian. She is originally from Miami, Florida, where roosters and peacocks really do wander the streets. Visit her at

Subject: Clubs > Juvenile fiction.
Clubs > Fiction
Social action > Fiction
Friendship > Fiction
Family life > Florida > Fiction
Florida > Fiction
JUVENILE FICTION > People & Places > United States > Hispanic & Latino.
JUVENILE FICTION > Nature & the Natural World > Environment.
JUVENILE FICTION > Social Issues > Friendship.
Genre: Fiction.
Juvenile works.

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