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.
Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following is a list of concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.
Serious Subject Matter: Alya has leukemia and this story talks about her symptoms and feelings. She improves as throughout the story.
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.
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.