Friday, April 01, 2016

Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schröder Review

Be Light Like a Bird
by Monika Schröder
Capstone Young Readers

Middle Grade, Children's Fiction
Pub Date 01 Sep 2016

After the death of her father, twelve-year-old Wren finds her life thrown into upheaval. And when her mother decides to pack up the car and forces Wren to leave the only home she's ever known, the family grows even more fractured. As she and her mother struggle to build a new life, Wren must confront issues with the environment, peer pressure, bullying, and most of all, the difficulty of forgiving those who don't deserve it. A quirky, emotional middle grade novel set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Be Light Like a Bird features well-drawn, unconventional characters and explores what it means to be a family — and the secrets and lies that can tear one apart.
For ages 9-12.

About the Author:
Monika Schröder
Monika Schröder writes novels for middle-grade readers. Her books include My Brother's Shadow, which was nominated for the 2014 New York State Reading Association's Charlotte Award; Saraswati's Way, a Story of an Indian Street Child, which Bank Street College named one of the best books of 2011; and The Dog in the Wood, which earned a starred review from Kirkus and was chosen by VOYA  as "Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers." Monika grew up in Germany but has lived and worked in Egypt, Oman, Chile, and India. She brought an Indian Street dog, whom she calls Frank, from New Delhi to her current home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. When Frank isn't demanding her attention, Monika invents vegetarian dishes, bakes cheesecakes, and tends her garden.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- While any age can take and learn from this book, it is great for middle schoolers.  The author created a wonderful story with vivid and easy to connect with characters.  I enjoyed reading this outloud to my family and think this would be a great book to add to a school library as well because it is also going to bring up a few discussions and in a good way.

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