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Author: Kisner, Adienne
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends/ Macmillan
Year Published: 2019
ISBN: 9781250146045
Grades: Grades 9 to 12

The Confusion of Laurel Graham

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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

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