The Milk of Birds


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$16.99  $15.80
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.8 X 8.3 X 1.4 inches | 1.01 pounds

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About the Author

Sylvia Whitman, a writer and educator, has published a slew of articles and a handful of children's history books as well as a picture book, Under the Ramadan Moon. A folklore and mythology major in college, she has always liked proverbs, particularly this one: "A book is a garden carried in the pocket." She lives with her husband and two kids in Arlington, Virginia. Visit her at


In alternating first-person accounts and letters, fifteen-year-old Nawra, an "internally displaced person" living in a camp in the Sudan, and K. C., a fourteen-year-old girl struggling with learning disabilities in Richmond, Virginia, find strength in their friendship and begin to work through their problems.... These two correspondents make readers long to learn more about them and will likely inspire more than one to follow the author's appended note on ways to help alleviate suffering in the Sudan.-- "The Horn Book, March/April 2013"
"Nawra's gentle dignity and steely resilience in the face of such horror is so delicately portrayed...the plight of the refugees will be eye-opening for many readers."-- "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, May 2013"
Teen readers will be moved by the personal connections and by the stories behind news headlines.-- "Booklist Online, April 22, 2013"
* "In this debut, an American teen from Richmond, Va., and a Sudanese teen in Darfur exchange letters during 2008, transforming their very different lives.... Punctuated with Sudanese proverbs, Nawra's letters reflect her temperate, resilient, positive personality, while K.C.'s brash, humorous style appropriately relies on American idioms. A timely, authentic, inspiring story of two unlikely pen pals whose global, snail-mail communication makes all the difference."-- "Kirkus Reviews, *STARRED REVIEW"
"This powerful and important book has a lot to say to young people about seeing beyond their own struggles and opening their minds and hearts to others."-- "School Library Journal"
Readers will feel shocked, outraged and saddened, but like K.C., they'll ultimately be moved to learn more about Sudan's ongoing injustices and the people they affect.-- "BookPage Online, May 2013"
Whitman's passionate, important novel draws a deep and intimate picture of suffering in Darfur that is eased by a sisterhood of compassion.-- "Richmond Times Dispatch, June 23, 2013"