Wednesday, January 17, 2007

the Amazing Life of Birds


Here's a fun and quick read about everyone's favorite topic: puberty! The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty-Day Journal of Duane Homer Leech) is a humorous book written from the perspective of a 12 year old boy. Duane is just as confused about the changes around and inside him as any preteen but manages to find the humor in it and shares it with the reader. His clumsiness that seems most profound when he is in public and a pretty girl is nearby, his battle with zits as well as other body changes and his realizaton that girls really aren't all that bad is sometimes painful to witness but the reader holds out hope that Duane will survive. You can thoroughly enjoy this book of 84 pages from cover to cover in one evening and will come away with a new understanding of what young boys are going through. (I had a 13 year old read it and heard him laugh through most of it!) Author Gary Paulsen, a puberty survivor, has written many critically acclaimed books for young people. Hatchet is another great story of a young boy who is the sole survivor of a plane crash in the wilderness and discovers an inner strength he didn't know he possessed.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I almost survived puberty. Will it give me post-traumatic nightmares? (just kidding!) Thanks for the recommendation. Although, considering the subject matter, I can imagine my barely pre-teen son might be slightly embarrassed by MY recommending it to him.