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Summer Bird Blue

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Emotional novel deals with death, grief, and abandonment.

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Akemi Dawn Bowman's emotional novel provides an intense, realistic depiction of survivor's guilt while powerfully reminding teens that they don't have to grieve alone. With diverse, well-developed characters, vivid descriptions of life in Hawaii, and positive mental health messages, readers will be captivated by Rumi's journey toward healing. The poignant memories scattered throughout Summer Bird Blue demonstrate Rumi's deep love for her sister and the complicated relationship she shares with her mom. As Rumi forms eye-opening friendships with Kai and Mr. Watanabe, and realizes that music will help her keep Lea's memory alive, teens will understand the importance of family, friendship, and forgiveness.

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