Birdland by Tracy Mack

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Questions of identity and faith beset a New York City teen whose family has been shaken to its core by loss in this stirring, incisive novel from an author we all know and love.

Swirling riffs of language and a propulsive beat set this gritty, transcendent novel in motion. Amidst the sparkle and hum of a New York City winter, Jed and his best friend Flyer are filming a documentary of their neighborhood. All around them are images that Jed's older brother Zeke wrote about: drummers, drunks, dog walkers, and the beautiful water towers that dot the city's skyline. But what Jed is really in search of is Zeke, a poet who loved jazzman Charlie "Bird" Parker and who left behind his CDs, a notebook, and a lot of unanswered questions. When Jed encounters a mysterious homeless

About Tracy Mack

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Tracy Mack is the author of two celebrated novels: BIRDLAND, a Book Sense Top Ten Book, a Sydney Taylor Award Honor Book, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and DRAWING LESSONS, a Booklist Top Ten First Novel and a Teen People NEXT Award Finalist. Michael Citrin is an attorney and has been a Sherlock Holmes fan since he was a young boy. Together they have written the Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars series published by Orchard Books. Tracy and Michael are married and live in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts with their three young children.
Published October 1, 2003 by Scholastic Press. 198 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The setting is the star in this moving portrayal of a boy coming to terms with his brother’s death set in New York’s East Village.

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Some touches, such as Jed's younger brother's obsession with ambulances, seem scripted, and both Jed's speaking problem and Kiki's self-injuring never feel fully developed (conversely, readers may well appreciate the information on diabetes).

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