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The Theory of Hummingbirds

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Kathie M, Librarian

My Recommendation

Thank you to NetGalley for an E ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

Alba wants to be normal. She wants to looks like other kids, move like other kids, and most of all, she wants to run in the school’s upcoming race. But she has just completed her final surgery for her clubfoot (which she calls Cleo), and only has two weeks to get ready after her cast is removed. Her expectations are high, but those around her try to prepare her for reality. As Alba comes to terms with the fact that she will never be just like other kids, she also learns that a good friend matters more than being normal. 

This was a good read, and I actually learned a lot about hummingbirds. The topic is not often covered in middle grade literature, and the author had surgery to repair a clubfoot in elementary school, so I appreciate the perspective she shares. The book is not long, so it’s appealing to a wide variety of readers.

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