Flip the Bird

Kym Brunner (Author)


In this fresh and funny novel, a teenage falconer in training gets in trouble when he finds himself falling for a girl who is part of a radical animal rights group, now available in paperback.

Mercer Buddie wants two things: a girlfriend and the chance to prove himself to his master falconer father. With hunting season approaching, fourteen-year-old Mercer has only a short time to train his red-tailed hawk, Flip.

Then Mercer meets Lucy and thinks his love life is about to take flight--until he discovers that she belongs to a fanatical animal rights organization called HALT. If Mercer wants to keep seeing Lucy, he'll need to keep his love of falconry and his family's raptor rehabilitation center a secret from her, and Lucy's involvement with HALT from his family. Is love worth all the lies--and maybe even the loss of his bird?

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date
May 15, 2018
5.4 X 1.1 X 8.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Kym Brunner is the author of Wanted: Dead or In Love and One Smart Cookie. She teaches seventh grade reading and language arts in a suburb of Chicago. Visit her at www.kymbrunner.com and on Twitter at @KymBrunner.


"Brunner writes an impassioned story with real-life moral dilemmas. Abundant details of falconry, the result of the author's own falconry apprentice lessons... root the story solidly in a fascinating world new to most readers. An engaging story of a young teen finding what's most important in his life."

"An exciting adventure into the art of falconry and the heart of a young man."
--David Lubar, author of Hidden Talents and Character, Driven