The Silent Spillbills by Tor Seidler

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Katerina has a problem with S's. A s-stuttering problem. And now that she's in seventh grade, at a new school, she's become self-conscious about it -- so self-conscious she hardly speaks to her classmates. Which confirms their opinion that she's stuck-up. For Katerina's last name is Farnsworth, and in her part of Connecticut, Farnsworth means Farnsworth Aeronautics, the major aircraft manufacturer, founded by her grandfather.

But if school life is miserable for Katerina, after-school life is the opposite -- at least on the days when she gets to go bird-watching with her father. Heaven, for her, is sitting with him in a rowboat in the wetlands off Farnsworth Bay. Of all the wonderful shore-birds indigenous to the wetlands, their particular favorite is one that isn't in any of the bird books. In fact, Katerina names the species herself: s-silent s-spillbill. But these small birds, with their drab brown feathers and remarkable aerial acrobatics, aren't everyone's favorite. When they're implicated in the crash of a Farnsworth jet prototype, Katerina's fearful grandfather develops an intense grudge against them. And when they're implicated in a second crash, his animosity hardens into a desire to destroy them.

By turns dramatic and funny, The Silent Spillbills is the story of these odd little birds and the girl who learns, in facing up to their enemies, to face up to her own fears.

 

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Born in Littleton, New Hampshire, Tor Seidler grew up in Born in Littleton, New Hampshire, Tor Seidler grew up in Vermont and later, Seattle, Washington, in both of which plaVermont and later, Seattle, Washington, in both of which places his parents were involved in the theater. Encouraged by ces his parents were involved in the theater. Encouraged by his family's love of the arts, Mr. Seidler studied English lhis family's love of the arts, Mr. Seidler studied English literature at Stanford University, and at the age of twenty-siterature at Stanford University, and at the age of twenty-seven his first book, "The Dulcimer Boy", was published, launeven his first book, "The Dulcimer Boy", was published, launching his celebrated career as a writer. Over the past twching his celebrated career as a writer. Over the past twenty years, Mr. Seidler has become one of the most importantenty years, Mr. Seidler has become one of the most important voices in children's fiction with such classics as, "A Rat' voices in children's fiction with such classics as, "A Rat's Tale", "The Wainscott Weasel", an ALA Notable Book, "Terpis Tale", "The Wainscott Weasel", an ALA Notable Book, "Terpin", and "Mean Margaret", which was selected as a finalist fon", and "Mean Margaret", which was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award in 1997. He currently lives in Newr the National Book Award in 1997. He currently lives in New York City. York City.
 
Published June 1, 2003 by Perfection Learning. 224 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The suspense that readers anticipate never develops, despite a plot that includes Robert’s trip to a space station that suddenly falls silent, a budding but rocky friendship between Katerina and a very eligible schoolmate, and her cantankerous CEO grandfather’s decision to poison the spillbills a...

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