Saturday, March 18, 2017

Brunner, Kym. Flip the Bird.

Brunner, Kym.  Flip the Bird.  Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt Brace  2016  357p  $17.99  ISBN 978-0-544-80085-4  Hardback  ms/hs  Realistic fiction  VG  

Fourteen-year-old Mercer Buddie is determined to prove to his master-falconer father and brother Lincoln that he can be just as serious and successful a falconer as they are. Then he meets Lucy, a hot girl with a great personality. With adolescent hormones raging, he is set to impress her and claim her as his girlfriend. Then Mercer realizes that Lucy and her family are members of HALT, a fanatical activist animal-rights organization. With his mother being the head of a research department trying to find cures for cancer by testing medications on dogs, and his passion for falconry, he is faced with moral and ethical dilemmas that make him think about what is right. When his family’s history in falconry is revealed to the group, Mercer must face the ensuing consequences.

This well-written, fast-paced book will delight adolescent readers. The plot is filled with tension that bounces between animal rights, ethics, morals, and young teenage minds and antics. It is further complicated by the protagonist’s passion for falconry, which contradicts the beliefs of his girlfriend and her fixated parents. This book introduces a new and refreshing story. There are not many novels about falconry or animal-rights activists. Brunner has captured the experience of being an adolescent boy and juxtaposed it with an original plot. A warning, though: this book is not for the faint of heart, as accurate but brutal aspects of hunting and falconry are described. It is highly recommended for any middle- or high-school library and will appeal to adolescent readers. 

Summary: Fourteen-year-old Mercer Buddie is determined to prove to his father and brother that he can be a serious falconer, but when he meets Lucy, who is a part of HALT, a fanatical activist animal-rights organization, he must make a decision about his own beliefs and face the consequences of his involvement with her and the HALT group.     

Falconry-Fiction, Animal rights-Fiction                     —Virginia McGarvey

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