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Young Mekhai, better known as Bird, loves to draw. With drawings, he can erase the things that dont turn out right. In real life, problems arenxt so easily fixed.As Bird struggles to understand the death of his beloved grandfather and his older brotherxs drug addiction, he escapes into his art. Drawing is an outlet for Birdxs emotions and imagination, and provides a path to making sense of his world. In time, with the help of his grandfatherxs friend, Bird finds his own special somethinx and wings to fly.Told with spare grace, Bird is a touching look at a young boy coping with real-life troubles. Readers will be heartened by Birdxs quiet resilience, and moved by the healing power of putting pencil to paper.Bird, the recipient of Lee Lows New Voices Award Honor, is the first picture book of both Zetta Elliot and Shadra Strickland.

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