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The Language of Seabirds (Hardcover)
There's more than just birds up in the air this summer for twelve-year-old Jeremy-- like whether he'll live with mom or dad now that they're divorced, or if he'll ever feel comfortable telling anyone he likes boys. Fortunately during his visit on the Oregon coast, he meets Evan, and they form a close friendship-- and perhaps it might be more than that. The Language of Seabirds is a soft and sweet story that takes place at such a pivotal time in life, right on the cusp of adolescence, and Taylor captures that uncertainty and growth in a wonderfully realistic fashion. Jeremy and Evan come up with a secret bird language in this novel-- "cormorant" means "beautiful". I would definitely say that The Language of Birds is a cormorant book, one that has made a nest in my heart.
Recommended by Andrew for readers ages 10 - 13— From Our Favorite Kids Books
A sweet, tender middle-grade story of two boys finding first love with each other over a seaside summer.
Jeremy is not excited about the prospect of spending the summer with his dad and his uncle in a seaside cabin in Oregon. It's the first summer after his parents' divorce, and he hasn't exactly been seeking alone time with his dad. He doesn't have a choice, though, so he goes... and on his first day takes a walk on the beach and finds himself intrigued by a boy his age running by. Eventually, he and Runner Boy (Evan) meet -- and what starts out as friendship blooms into something neither boy is expecting... and also something both boys have been secretly hoping for.