Bird Boy by Elizabeth Starr Hill

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All his life, Chang has not been able to speak. The only sounds he can make are the squawks and caws of the cormorants his father trains for fishing. Chang loves the birds, and is thrilled when he is finally old enough to help raise a cormorant chick. But this is more challenging than Chang expects, for in the process he must learn hard lessons about untrustworthy friends and what it really means to prove himself.

Elizabeth Starr Hill's poignant story, set on the Li River in southern China, is accompanied by the evocative illustrations of Taiwanese artist Lesley Liu.

About Elizabeth Starr Hill

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Elizabeth Starr Hill lives in Winter Park, Florida. Lesley Liu lives in Taipei, Taiwan.
Published April 30, 1999 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 64 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors, Travel. Fiction

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Chang, mute from birth but able to imitate bird sounds, is thrilled when his father, a cormorant fisherman, decides he’s old enough to help with the “Big Catch,” a night when thousands of fish gather in one particular spot on the Li River in southern China.

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Although Chang can't speak, ""the birds seemed to understand his odd squawks and croaks,"" and so the local bully, Jiang, nicknames him ""Bird Boy."" Now old enough to go cormorant fishing with his father, Chang proves himself such a worthy helper that he is entrusted with raising the family's ne...

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