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Extraordinary Birds by Sandy Stark-McGinnis

Extraordinary Birds by Sandy Stark-McGinnis is narrated by December, a troubled 11-year-old who loves birds so much that she's convinced she will one day turn into one. Abandoned by her mother some years ago, December has only one thing to remember her by, The Complete Guide To Birds Volume One. And December is writing a book of her own, too: a diary-cum-memoir of her quest to spread the wings she believes will unfurl from a scar on her back and fly.

After being moved from one of her many foster placements after jumping from a tree, December is taken to live with Eleanor. Taxidermist Eleanor, like December, loves birds, but December is wary of her motives. This book is the tale of how December and Eleanor gradually get to know and trust each other, and how December slowly begins to recover from her deeply traumatic past.
This book is, I'd guess, aimed at the 9 - 12 age group, so while it's obvious that something awful has happened to December, it's largely left to the …

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