Idea for a novel: Chelsea Busby – Seymour Tribune
Name: Chelsea Busby
Job Title: Youth Program Specialist for Jackson County Public Library
What is the name of the book and author you recommend?
“Of a Feather” by Dayna Lorentz (reading level 4.5/9 AR points)
What made you want to get this book in the first place?
The synopsis attracted me as well as the beautiful cover.
Once you got into the book, what made you want to keep reading it?
The relationship between Reenie and Rufus. Reenie bonds knowing that one day she will have to let Rufus go, with Rufus believing he can never be good at being a great horned owl and the bond that allows them to discover each other and what they are capable.
When you finished the book, what did you enjoy?
I liked that it showed realistic and difficult struggles that some children face in life, from families who are strangers in their own homes to families struggling with a loved one who has mental illness and grief and loss. uncertainty that these two things bring.
What is the book about?
It is about a girl, Reenie, who had forbidden herself to let people in because she never knew consistency and an owl, Rufus, who is perhaps the worst eagle-owl. of America of the world. Reenie is pushed to live with an aunt she has never met after her mother is hospitalized again and her grandmother’s boyfriend puts her in danger. Rufus is a young owl whose mother is hit by a car while teaching him how to hunt. In a turn of events, Reenie and Rufus’ paths cross and an unlikely friendship is built. As Reenie navigates learning to let others in, Rufus learns to be a true Great Horned Owl. When it’s time for them to part, they learn the bitter sweetness that comes with saying goodbye.
Why would you recommend this book to others?
He does a really good job of describing the feelings that come with being unsure of yourself and those around you and how navigating those feelings can be. It is also a very touching story that will make you smile.