Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya by Jane Kelley ADVISABLE

Kelley, Jane The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya, 201 pgs. 2013. Feiwel and Friends, $15.99. Language: G; Violence: PG; Mature Content: G.  

An orphaned African Grey parrot with a remarkable vocabulary is free on the streets of Brooklyn, looking for a home, or at least someone who will feed him.  11-year-old Alya has leukemia and the two forge an unlikely bond, which helps both bird and girl.  

This is a sweet story of a sad little girl and a desperate parrot, and their need for each other. I think this would be best enjoyed by the 5th, 6th and 7th graders.  EL, MS - ADVISABLE  Lisa Librarian

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