A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue

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A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue by J. A. Myhre is a middle grade fiction novel, which focuses on Kiisa, a clever and courageous 11-year-old girl. The story is set against an enchanting African backdrop.

Summary: When Kiisa is sent to boarding school, little does she know the adventure that awaits her. After opening a trunk her father gave her, Kiisa finds a magical wagtail bird named Njili…and together, Kiisa and Njili end up on a rescue mission involving African rebels, stolen girls, illegal logging, and a dangerous cobra.

The novel is very well-written, and Myhre is a natural storyteller. It is definitely a page-turner! The book also features occasional illustrations by Acacia Masso, as well as a helpful glossary of terms from the Luwendigo dialect. A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue is a story that can be enjoyed by both children and adults, which is often rare to find.

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