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About the Author
Sandy Stark-McGinnis is a debut author and award-winning poet whose work has appeared in Quercus Review, In the Grove, and Penumbra. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Sandy lives with her husband and children in California, where she works as a fifth grade teacher.
"A beautiful story filled with heart." --Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s and coauthor of To Night Owl from Dogfish.
"An amazing debut -- filled with heart, lyrical prose, and a heroine who soars!" --Jewell Parker Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Boys
"A heartbreaking and hopeful story about a young girl who learns the power of kindness and the beauty of belonging." --School Library Journal, starred review
"With an endearing and diverse cast of characters, this is a unique debut novel with an inspiring message of hope, determination, and fortitude... Highly Recommended." - School Library Connection, starred review
"Poignant...this heartbreaking but ultimately redemptive middle grade novel shows the beauty of accepting one's true self and finding a place to belong." --Foreword Reviews, starred review
"Stark-McGinnis' prose is carefully crafted, direct, and convincing... appealingly hopeful." --Kirkus Reviews
"This ably constructed first-person narrative is meant to tug at the heartstrings and it surely does, encouraging readers to hope for a happy ending to this affecting story."" --Booklist
"Stark-McGinnis adds a vivid artistic flourish with the avian theme [and] writes with smooth sympathy... This is a gracefully written modern take on the orphan story." --BCCB
"Stark-McGinnis nimbly constructs poignant relationships born of reciprocal patience, trust, and understanding, and December's connections with Eleanor, Cheryllynn, and the red-tailed hawk feel authentic and earned.... This sensitive debut is a sincere and hopeful exploration of family, history, and belonging from a promising new voice." - Publishers Weekly
"This soulful story will wing its way straight into your heart." --Jess Keating, zoologist and author of the My Life is a Zoo series
"Such a tender story. You'll root for this bird-loving girl to soar." --Sally Pla, award-winning author of The Someday Birds
"An emotional tale about finding one's home and facing one's truth...An extraordinary debut!" --Ellie Terry, author of Forget Me Not