The Theory of Hummingbirds
by Michelle Kadarusman
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 16 Oct 2017 | Archive Date 20 Apr 2018
Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC, Pajama Press
A moving novel for middle-grade readers that is not about overcoming disability, but rather becoming one’s truest self
“Hummingbirds and angels don’t need two good feet. They have wings.” That’s what Alba’s mother always says. Of course, Alba doesn’t have wings or two good feet: she has Cleo. Cleo is the name Alba has given to her left foot, which was born twisted in the wrong direction. When she points this out, though, her mother just smiles like the world has some surprise in store she doesn’t know about yet.
Well, Alba has her own surprise planned. After many surgeries and one final cast, Cleo is almost ready to meet the world straight on—just in time to run in the school cross-country race. Unfortunately, Alba’s best friend Levi thinks there’s no way she can pull it off. And she thinks there’s no way he’s right about the school librarian hiding a wormhole in her office. Tempers flare. Sharp words fly faster than hummingbirds. And soon it looks like both friends will be stuck proving their theories on their own.
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“Hummingbirds and angels don’t need two good feet. They have wings.” Alba envies the runners on her school's team and dreams of a day that her club foot, (nicknamed Cleo), will be "normal" and she too can be as fast and free as her peers. Her friend, Levi, is truthful about his concern that she cannot make such a meteoritic evolution and wants her to help him solve the mystery of the disappearing teacher and the possible wormhole in her closet. As close as they have been, this difference in belief may be what tears their friendship irreparably. Are the bonds of friendship strong enough to mend these breaks? It was easy to fall in league with these two characters, as different and challenged as they each were as the story unfolds. Alba was remarkable for her perseverance and her drive, and Levi equally solid in his knowledge and conviction that space-time continuum and scientific discovery need not be left to the adults and titled scientists. This is a great book to share with students in discussion of friendship, resilience, perseverance, and goal-setting.