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Flight of the Puffin, by Ann Braden

jengennari's review

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5.0

Told in four alternate voices, a heartfelt exploration of bullying on all sides. In Vermont, there is Libby, who is trying to not become a bully like her parents, and Jack, who is grieving the tragic death of his brother. In Seattle, there's Vincent, who is tormented by classmates, and T, who finds the street preferable to home. The issue comes to a head over transgender bathrooms, and it is hopeful, handwritten messages on index cards that brings the foursome together. Really loved this one.

rachelschloneger's review

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hopeful inspiring medium-paced

3.0

julieshaver414's review

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5.0

What a beautiful story of how easy it can be to spread love!!

lisamcdreads's review

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5.0

Thanks to NetGalley, Ann Braden, and Nancy Paulsen books for the digital ARC. Flight of the Puffin by Ann Braden is a wonderfully-moving, uplifting, important book that I think would make a great read aloud for grades 5-7. It starts with a girl, Libby, who because of her family association, is expected to be a bully and is treated as such. But she wants to be different, MORE, than that. She begins by writing positive messages on index cards and leaving them in places for people to find. In addition to Libby, there are three other main characters in the book that we hear from, Vincent, Jack and T. Each has their own story to tell and each story intertwines in a unique way. I absolutely loved this book and already pre-ordered it.

lauralynnwalsh's review

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5.0

I don't often give books a 5 star rating and this one is probably just a bit under that for me, but I rounded it up to 5 stars because, even as an adult, I felt it held significance for me. People don't have to do something newsworthy or groundbreaking or even great in order to be amazing and worth appreciating. I have been told this before and, I suppose I believed it, but this book made me FEEL it. There is a bit of suspension of disbelief that is necessary for all of the connections to work out, but I didn't really mind, because it still felt good. And she didn't tie up all threads neatly at the end - there was enough to satisfy your mind, but not too much so as to be completely fairy tale ending. Worthwhile for me.

sydneyk's review

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inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0

darthchrista's review

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5.0

“I thought I could figure it out with T, but T qhad to explain it to me. It isn't that hard to understand if you're willing to listen.” 161
A gentle book to begin discussion on non-binary questions. Have a kiddo wondering what that is, are you as an adult wondering? This is a gentle book to start a conversation. And you’ll probably be inspired to send a postcard or learn more about puffins or something else amazing! To paraphrase @sharonsaysso Reading to understand does not obligate you to agree. (Actual quote is Listening to understand doesn’t obligate you to agree).

techielibgrl's review

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5.0

This book is fantastic. It gave me so many feelings. The first character we are introduced to comes from a family of bullies and she seen as a bully in her school even though that is not the identity that she wants. Kids who have been pigeon-holed into being what their older siblings/parents were like in school will really identify. It really highlights how important it is to take each student for themselves not the family they come from. The book is a loose collection of stories that lightly connect (but not neatly) in the journey of a homeless man, bullied student, activist, and a bully who really does not want to be a bully. The bully actually starts writing inspirational messages and leaves them around her town. I do not want to give it away but these message impact all of their lives in unexpected ways. It really is a book that everyone should read.

From the synopsis that really gives good insight into the book: Four kids. Four different lives. And then… one card with a message of hope takes flight and starts a chain reaction, helping each kid summon the thing they need, whether it’s bravery, empathy, or understanding.

jdanforth's review

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4.0

Do you know how many triangles you are making with your body right now?

mldavisreads's review

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challenging emotional inspiring reflective

5.0

Middle grade contemporary realistic fiction.  This story focuses on four different characters, two male, one female, and one non-binary. They are all dealing with a lot, trying to be who they are and be loved for it. Vincent is a science geek born to an artist, Libby feels unloved by her parents and seeks comfort in her art, Jack is mourning the death of his younger brother and takes on a brotherly role to young Joe at their rural schoolhouse, and T would rather live on the streets than face their non-supportive mother.  Watching the storylines connect and seeing how these kids built each other up was beautiful.  This book shed some light on some of those stories we don't always get to see-- the kids who have a hard time at home, dealing with distant parents who don't see how their children shine. A tribute to the power of a random act of kindness and a reminder that everyone shines in different ways.