Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers

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5.6 X 8.3 X 1.5 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author
Celia C. Pérez is the author of The First Rule of Punk, a 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book; Strange Birds, a 2020 Rise: A Feminist Book Project List Selection; and Tumble, which received six starred reviews and is an NPR Best Book of 2022. She lives in Chicago with her family where, in addition to writing books about lovable weirdos and outsiders, she works as a librarian. She is originally from Miami, Florida, where roosters and peacocks really do wander the streets. Visit her at
Praise and accolades for STRANGE BIRDS

Washington Post Best Children's Books of 2019
An ALSC Notable Children's Book
Kirkus Best Children's Books of 2019
Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books of 2019
CSMCL's Best Multicultural Children's Books of 2019
A 2020 Rise: A Feminist Book Project List selection
Charlie May Simon Book Award
New Jersey Garden State Book Award
South Carolina Children's Book Award
South Dakota Children's Book Award

"Strange Birds respects its readers' intelligence and sophistication. Pérez's charming story explores what is means to belong to a community while being willing to stage small but significant revolutions, all the while reveling in the joy of childhood."
--Erika L. Sanchez, New York Times bestselling author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter for The New York Times Book Review

"Thought-provoking, timely, and laugh-out-loud funny--Strange Birds explores friendship, community, and the role each of us plays in creating a better world."
--Aisha Saeed, New York Times bestselling author of Amal Unbound

"Strange Birds is an inspiring story about the power of truth, and of true friends."
--Rebecca Stead, New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me

★ "Writing with wry restraint that's reminiscent of Kate DiCamillo... a beautiful tale of the value of friendship against unconquerable odds."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "Four unique personalities form a crew with a mission in this engaging, well-plotted second novel from Pérez."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "A perfect title for school and public libraries seeking realistic books about friendship."
--School Library Journal, starred review

★ "Perfect for preteens becoming aware that friendships can be complicated, and that the world is more so."
--The Horn Book, starred review

Select praise and accolades for THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK

★ "Thoughtful."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "Those who enjoy vivacious, plucky heroines... will eagerly embrace Malú."
--School Library Journal, starred review
★ "A rowdy reminder that people are at their best when they aren't forced into neat, tidy boxes."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

A 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book * An ALSC Notable Children's Book * A 2018 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award Winner * A 2017 ABA Indies Introduce Title * A Kids' Indie Next List Pick * An E.B. White Read-Aloud Middle Reader Award finalist * A 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Honor Book