The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe

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$17.99  $16.73
Margaret Ferguson Books
Publish Date
5.7 X 8.5 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
Tricia Springstubb has written many well-reviewed books for young readers, including What Happened on Fox Street, which was an Indie Pick, and Every Single Second which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
"Ms. Springstubb brings a light, deft touch to this sensitive novel that, like its protagonist, draws inspiration from the lives and ways of birds."--The Wall Street Journal

★ "there is plenty to keep readers engaged in this heartfelt exploration of goodness. . . . Satisfying and life affirming: a perfect thing in the universe of juvenile fiction."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★ "Through metaphor and imagery, Springstubb's (Every Single Second) tender, sensitively written story captures the essences of places and characters, including frequently dismayed, brave Loah." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Readers will cheer as Loah steps up and makes things happen, with the help of some unexpected friends. It's a sweet, satisfying story full of heart--and fascinating facts about birds, climate change, and the environment. . . . An excellent choice for fans of realistic fiction and readers interested in nature."--School Library Journal

"The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe is an appealing coming-of-age story with broad emotional range. Author Tricia Springstubb writes with a deft hand, and her moving and complex third-person narration contains frequent humorous asides to the reader."--BookPage

"From Loah to her caretakers to her only friend, the characters have convincing backstories that shed light on their idiosyncrasies. The well-paced story, enhanced with avian information and enchantment, builds in intensity as Loa becomes more isolated and self-reliant, yet increasingly focused on others. The novel concludes in a heartening, wholly satisfying way, suitably accompanied by birdsong." --Booklist

"The authentic and compelling narrative sings with avian metaphors as Springstubb plays with language. . . ."--The Horn Book

"The third-person narration manages both compassion and cleverness with direct addresses to the reader that oscillate in tone between thoughtfully poignant and drolly amused. . . . The book makes clear the distinction between loving someone and caring for them, and both Loah's and Ellis' experiences convey how painful the absence of either can be."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books