Eleven-year-old December knows everything about birds, and everything about getting kicked out of foster homes. All she has of her mom is the bird guide she left behind, and a message: “In flight is where you’ll find me.” December believes she’s truly a bird, just waiting for the day she transforms. The scar on her back is where her wings will sprout; she only needs to find the right tree and practice flying.
When she’s placed with foster mom Eleanor, who runs a taxidermy business and volunteers at a wildlife rescue, December begins to see what home means in a new light. But the story she’s told herself about her past is what’s kept her going this long. Can she learn to let go?
This sweet Middle-Grade novel was originally recommended by Kelly. I was searching for some good trans fiction and Kelly had just read this one. I’m not a big reader of Middle-Grade fiction, so I wasn’t sure ho I would like this.
OMG did it just rip my heart out of my body and crush it. The main focus of this book is the trauma that December has gone through and how she has covered it up. It has always fascinated me how we can sometimes fabricate memories to cover trauma. Each step of this book is so beautifully written and makes you ache for December and her utter feeling of loneliness.
The SUpporting cast was excellent! I loved Eleanor, who found ways to connect with December and allow her to express herself. Cheryllynn is the fiercest and toughest little transgirl ever and her story was perfection. I loved that we see a caring social worker who really wants the best for December.
Even the bully had depth and sadness to her, anger flowing from her confusion. This was the first book I have read by Sandy Stark-McGinnis, but it won’t be the last.
I Give Extraordinary Birds 5 Stars
Extraordinary Birds by Sandy Stark-McGinnis was released 3rd June 2019 by Bloomsbury. You can purchase your own copy at Amazon, Book Depository, Mighty Ape, Whitcoulls, Booktopia or wherever you like to purchase books.