Publication Date: October 2008
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Young Mekhai, better known as Bird, loves to draw. With drawings, he can erase the things that don't turn out right. In real life, problems aren t so easily fixed.
As Bird struggles to understand the death of his beloved grandfather and his older brother s drug addiction, he escapes into his art. Drawing is an outlet for Bird s emotions and imagination, and provides a path to making sense of his world. In time, with the help of his grandfather s friend, Bird finds his own special somethin and wings to fly.
Told with spare grace, Bird is a touching look at a young boy coping with real-life troubles. Readers will be heartened by Bird s quiet resilience, and moved by the healing power of putting pencil to paper.
Bird, the recipient of Lee & Low's New Voices Award Honor, is the first picture book of both Zetta Elliot and Shadra Strickland."
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