A Bird, A Girl and a Rescue Book Review

It's amazing to me that almost six weeks has flown by since my last post. I've been super busy over the past month and a half. I've had two articles published on Familyshare.com (three things your teenager needs from you and three ways to say no and mean it), and I finished one more that is awaiting publication.

I've been crocheting, working, spending time with my family and I ran my first half-marathon a few weeks ago! 

I'm tired just looking at all of that. Whew.

Luckily, things have slowed down a bit, and I was given the opportunity to participate in a blog tour through New Growth Press. The book is called A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue and it's written by J. A. Myhre, a doctor serving in East Africa. A Bird, a Girl and a Rescue is the second novel in her series (the Rwendigo Tales), which are books she originally wrote as Christmas gifts for her four children!

The book is aimed at children aged 8-10 and is about a young girl growing up in Africa. She is sent to a boarding school and her father sends a talking bird named Njili to keep her company. The school is attacked by rebels (which is something that actually happened at a school in Africa in 1998) and the main character, Kiisa, bravely follows the rebels to rescue her abducted schoolmate. 

My daughter (who is almost eight) read it in one day and loved it!  She asked to read the first book in the series as well, A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest, and said her favorite part of the story was when Kiisa sneaks into the rebel's camp and learns to forgive a girl who had bullied her.

One of the neat things about this book is that I read it and enjoyed it as much as my daughter. Some of today's books can be a little tedious to read as parents, but this one was enjoyable and a quick read, and because of its strong messages of forgiveness and bravery, it is a great discussion-starter between parents and children.

While the book is not overtly Christian, it is full of Christian themes and talks about Kiisa going to church and attacks from the "Enemy."  It is beautifully illustrated, and one of the best things about the book is that the author donates half of her royalties to a fund that provides education for children in Africa, which as a social worker, I totally love!

If you are looking for a positive gift for your young reader, this is a great choice! I'm an avid reader and I'm always looking for books to get my daughter as involved/obsessed with reading as I am!

You can buy the book at Amazon: 

Or through the publisher here.

What about you guys? Do you have any book recommendations for young readers?

Now that life is (a bit) calmer, I'll be posting more soon! In the meantime, you can always follow me on Facebook.

1 comment

  1. Hilary, thanks so much for the review! I am particularly thrilled that your daughter read it in a day and got the message, and that it opened conversation between the two of you. I hope you'll get her the first book for Christmas . . and I really appreciate your help in getting the work out to others.