A Bird Will Soar

Regular price $ 17.99

by Alison Green Myers

Dutton Books for Young Readers


SKU: 9780593325674


Axel loves everything about birds, especially eagles. No one worries that an eagle will fly too far and not come home--a fact Axel wishes his mother understood. Deep down, Axel knows that his mother is like an osprey--the best of all bird mothers--but it's hard to remember that when she worries and keeps secrets about important things. His dad is more like a wild turkey, coming and going as he pleases. His dad's latest disappearance is the biggest mystery of all. Despite all this, Axel loves his life--especially the time he spends with his friends observing the eagles' nest in the woods near his home. But when a tornado damages not only Axel's home but the eagles' nest, Axel's life is thrown into chaos. Suddenly his dad is back to help repair the damage, and Axel has to manage his dad's presence and his beloved birds' absence. Plus, his mom seems to be keeping even more secrets. But Axel knows another important fact: an eagle's instinct is to soar. Axel must trust his own instincts to help heal his family and the nest he loves.


"Lyrical descriptions of birds are woven seamlessly into the plot of this heartfelt debut. A beautiful and moving book." -- Padma Venkatraman, Walter Award winning author of The Bridge Home

"A soaring tale of family in its many forms." -- Booklist

"I was always going to love this book because it's about a boy who loves birds. What I didn't expect was how deeply I would fall in love with the characters. Alison Green Myers makes choices in her writing that reflect the complicated nature of Axel's thoughts so tenderly that I ached for him and his family. This is absolutely my favorite middle grade novel this year." --Heidi E. Y. Stemple, author of Fly With MeCounting Birds, and You Nest Here With Me

About the Author:

Alison Green Myers is a writer and educator. She is the program director for the Highlights Foundation. Her debut novel, A Bird Will Soar, won the Schneider Family Book Award. She lives in the woods with her family.