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An Odd Bird: Of the Wing

P.K. Butler

Pinchey House Press, 160 pages, (paperback) $7.99, 9780982034231
(Reviewed: September, 2021)

In the first book of P.K. Butler’s debut middle-grade trilogy, an 11-year-old girl realizes she has a mystical connection to birds and is determined to find an explanation.

Claire is obsessed with birds. She is also highly self-conscious of her appearance: She’s tall, with white hair and lashes, and startling yellow-gold eyes, which she hides […]

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Tom and Lovey II: Pursuit of the Thunderbird

G.R. Jerry

PageTurner Press and Media, 318 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9798886227918
(Reviewed: July, 2023)

This mashup of buddy road trip and indigenous horror genres features a supernatural odd couple—a blonde preacher with seemingly endless lives and a seductive brunette who morphs into a panther—solving a 150-year-old mystery.

An eternally-young white man, Tom was a teenager in the 1870s, taken in by the Navajo and mentored by Red Deer after […]

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The Blackbird and the Rainbow

Christina Smith

AuthorHouse, 412 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781449044732
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

The Blackbird and the Rainbow begins as Chrissie Smith, spending a pleasant weekend with her husband, Geoff, and their youngest son, Steve, receives the news that her oldest son, Dave, has died of a heroin overdose. Dave seemed to have finally kicked his drug habit, which makes the news even more devastating.

After this dramatic […]

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Odd Sock’s Adventures

Alma Aspin

Xlibris, 52 pages, (paperback) $44.99 NZ, 9781465300676
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

Poppa Bob is missing one of his favorite socks. It’s a fine red sock, and Grandma Kay joins in the search, but it is nowhere to be found.

This is the start of Odd Sock’s Adventures, a children’s book by New Zealand author Alma Aspin that tells the story of a lost sock and his […]

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The Adventures of Sebastian the Helpful Seagull

Margaret Lee

Xlibris, 69 pages, (paperback) 21.99 UK, 9781477106723
(Reviewed: July, 2013)

Margaret Lee has used her lifelong interest in art to create a children’s book of stories called The Adventures of Sebastian The Helpful Seagull.

The book contains three stories, each building upon the last. First, Sebastian falls asleep on a boat and wakes to find himself on the other side of the English Channel, in […]

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Torro, the Silly Parrot

Virginia Loving Pope, illustrated by Terri Kelleher

AuthorHouse, 24 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781496959881
(Reviewed: January, 2024)

A fun-loving parrot enjoys life with his owner in Virginia Loving Pope’s picture book Torro, the Silly Parrot.

Purchased in a “faraway place” by a young woman, Torro the parrot is brought to the U.S. He enjoys imitating the sounds that humans make and also likes to ride vacuum cleaners, play with toys, and snuggle […]

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Welcome to the Zoo

Paul Smith

Penguin Book Writers, 345 pages, (paperback) $27.25, 9781962012447
(Reviewed: December, 2023)

Like Aesop’s Fables, Paul Smith’s inclusive collection of 30 animal tales delivers life lessons.

Each tale is a standalone with different characters, but all follow a 10-15 page per story format, with five chapters (excluding one that isn’t broken into chapters) and a concluding message. The animals are typical—bunnies, squirrels, birds, bears, lions, tigers, elephants, […]

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Neville the Froad

M. Shepherd

AuthorHouse, 32 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781665572248
(Reviewed: October, 2023)

This rhyming children’s book features “Neville the Froad – half-frog, half-toad”: a creature who works hard to fulfill his wish to soar like a bird.

Neville feels like he doesn’t fit in. Wishing he could fly, he lives in a tree to be more birdlike. Meanwhile, his fellow toads and frogs think he’s “a bore” […]

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Running on Maybe

Jackson McGarry

Ciao Brahma Group, 536 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781735891507
(Reviewed: August, 2023)

Jackson McGarry’s novel Running on Maybe presents a convincing portrait of greed, graft, and the struggle for freedom in early 20th-century Mississippi.

In Peabodyville, Mississippi, Lillian Molyneaux spirals into alcoholism after the death of two of her children. Her rich husband Scanlan exploits his ownership of fertile delta land and the local bank hoping to […]

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The Hawk’s Message: Of the Wing, Book 2

P.K. Butler

Pinchey House Press, 150 pages, (paperback) $7.99, 9780982034255
(Reviewed: September, 2021)

In the second offering of P.K. Butler’s Of the Wing trilogy, 11-year-old Claire, who has a mystical connection with birds, goes on a trip with a billionaire ornithologist to find a rarely-seen species.

Whenever Claire wears a T-shirt with a picture of a bird, that bird will come to her. She has a special relationship […]

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