What can one courageous girl do to help two endangered Whooping Cranes survive? The answer might surprise you!. #Teachers and #Librarians looking for the perfect book about citizen science and conservation will want to read this delightful tale! @LynneKelly #netgalley, #amreading, #bookreivew, #citizenscience #birdnerd

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What can one courageous girl do to help two endangered Whooping Cranes survive?

What can one courageous girl do to help two endangered Whooping Cranes survive? The answer might surprise you!. #Teachers and #Librarians looking for the perfect book about citizen science and conservation will want to read this delightful tale! @LynneKelly #netgalley, #amreading, #bookreivew, #citizenscience #birdnerd

What Can You Do to Save the Endangered Whooping Cranes?

I don’t often find middle-grade books that inspire me to participate in citizen science projects, but Lynne Kelly’s new book about endangered Whooping Cranes does just that. As an avid birder (birding ranks as one of the few sports I have an affinity for), I love finding gems where the main characters geek out over birdy things. As an adult who feels slightly awkward in social situations, I can relate to Nina as she struggles to navigate the murky waters of friendship. If you love birds, you’ll love this book about endangered Whooping Cranes and want to share it with others (even non-birders).

The Secret Language of Birds

By Lynne Kelly, Delacorte Press, April 9, 2024, 240 pages, 8-99 year-olds.

Nina has always felt like the odd duck out. Making friends at school feels uncomfortable, and she can’t even make friends with the girl across the street. Nina questions her value in the world when her large family accidentally leaves her at a gas station.

The incident does spark her interest in birds, though, and her older sister, Sage, encourages Nina to try something new for the summer. When Nina’s parents agree to let her spend time at her Aunt Audrey’s summer camp, Nina can’t believe her good luck. Maybe.

Camp will involve campers and maybe the same problems she has during the school year. By the end of the first day, Nina wants to go home. But the girls in the Oddballs cabin invite her to join their group, and Nina decides to wait a few more days.

When Nina joins a midnight visit to the haunted infirmary, the rest of the girls run away when they see a ghost in the marsh. But Nina sees something even more startling—an endangered crane far from its usual home. Getting ditched by all the girls hurts, but finding an endangered bird might change her life. And then, to her surprise, the Oddballs come back to rescue her. Even better, they join in her quest to learn more about the crane—or is it cranes?

As Nina and the Oddballs work together to identify the large, ghostly-looking birds from the marsh, Nina learns the value of friendships and acceptance.

What I Loved About This Book

From the awkward heroine to the tidbits of history, I loved everything about Lynne Kelly’s new release, The Secret Language of Birds. Kelly weaves together ornithology, biology, citizen science, befriending a Deaf person, adventure, ghost stories, and a bit of summer camp charm into a comfy nest of a story.

Parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians will want to purchase (and read) this tale of adventure for the animal lovers in their lives. Look no further if you’re looking for storybooks about conservation, endangered species, and learning to embrace differences.

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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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