The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya
The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya
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The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya

Written by Jane Kelley
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Prices as of Oct 26

What's This Book About

Publisher Summary

A desperately ill girl and an orphaned African gray parrot find friendship, security and healing when they are inadvertently joined by fate. By the author of The Girl Behind the Glass.

What Kind of Book is The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya



What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following are concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Zeno has a few instances where he isn’t treated so well as a pet, and other times when he’s treated fantastically. You might want to have a discussion about pet and animal treatment with your child.
  • Ask your child how different characters helped one another by focusing on someone besides themselves (Zeno helps Alya, Alya’s brother helps her, Alya helps Zeno) and encourage them to find a way to help someone today.


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What type of parrot is Zeno?
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    African Grey
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Book Details

Publication Date
October 15, 2013
Page Count
Reading Age
8 - 12 years

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