A review by mldavisreads
Flight of the Puffin, by Ann Braden

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.