Adrienne Kisner has penned another light-hearted contemporary story for nature enthusiasts with passionate characters who fight for what is right. Seventeen-year-old Laurel Graham, a skilled wildlife photographer and ornithologist (bird lover) narrates this bittersweet novel about family, friends and the environment. When her beloved activist and nature-loving grandmother is involved in a terrible car accident and left in a coma, Laurel’s world is turned upside down. Soon Gran’s house is being sold, developers are trying to destroy the nature sanctuary Laurel volunteers at, and there is a mystery bird that no one can identify in the region. Complex side characters include Laurel’s infuriating mother, a two-faced reporter, corrupt public officials, ill-informed citizens and students, environmentalists, plus a female frenemy and potential love interest. Quotes throughout the book by famous birder Michael Warbley provide inspiration for Laurel and a touch of magical realism to her search of the mystery bird adds a symbolic role to the story. Mature middle school and high school students will enjoy this poignant novel as Laurel seeks stability in her life, protecting what she loves.
Note: A “Confusion” is a group of Warblers