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Coo

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Coo

“A baby girl, abandoned by her mother, is raised by pigeons high on the rooftop of an old warehouse. She speaks their language and, even though she comes to understand that she is different from the rest of her flock, they are the only family she knows and loves. Desperate to save an injured bird, she takes the frightening journey to the ground to seek the help of an old woman who often comes to feed the birds. As Coo experiences the warmth and full-belly comfort of the human world and begins to learn a strange new language, she finds a new kinds of love and friendship. When her flock is threatened by a city-imposed program to reduce pigeon populations, Coo takes another frightening journey to try to save them. Young readers who love stories about animal heroes will love this book. Audio narrator, Jesse Vilinski, makes pigeon dialogue sound just delightful.”

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In this exceptional debut, one young girl’s determination to save the flock she calls family creates a lasting impact on her community and in her heart. Gorgeous and literary, this is an unforgettable animal story about friendship, family, home, and belonging. For readers who love books by Kate DiCamillo and Katherine Applegate.

Ten years ago, an impossible thing happened: a flock of pigeons picked up a human baby who had been abandoned in an empty lot and carried her, bundled in blankets, to their roof. Coo has lived her entire life on the rooftop with the pigeons who saved her. It’s the only home she’s ever known. But then a hungry hawk nearly kills Burr, the pigeon she loves most, and leaves him gravely hurt.

Coo must make a perilous trip to the ground for the first time to find Tully, a retired postal worker who occasionally feeds Coo’s flock, and who can heal injured birds. Tully mends Burr’s broken wing and coaxes Coo from her isolated life. Living with Tully, Coo experiences warmth, safety, and human relationships for the first time. But just as Coo is beginning to blossom, she learns the human world is infinitely more complex—and cruel—than she could have imagined.

This remarkable debut novel will captivate readers from the very first line. Coo examines the bonds that make us family, the possibilities of love, and the importance of being true to yourself. Fans of Katherine Applegate, Kate DiCamillo, and Barbara O’Connor will devour this extraordinary story.

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