Be Light Like a Bird

Be Light Like a Bird

by Monika Schröder

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Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schröder

After the death of her father, twelve-year-old Wren finds her life thrown into upheaval. And when her mother decides to pack up the car and forces Wren to leave the only home she's ever known, the family grows even more fractured. As she and her mother struggle to build a new life, Wren must confront issues with the environment, peer pressure, bullying, and most of all, the difficulty of forgiving those who don't deserve it. A quirky, emotional middle grade novel set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Be Light Like a Bird features well-drawn, unconventional characters and explores what it means to be a family—and the secrets and lies that can tear one apart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496533012
Publisher: Capstone Press
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Series: Middle-grade Novels
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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Be Light Like a Bird 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Be Light Like a Bird, by Monika Schroder is a wonderfully woven fictional tale about a young girl facing loneliness and heartbreak. Twelve year old Wren is grief-stricken when a plane crash unexpectedly kills her father. Devastated Wren finds herself needing to talk about what happened, but her mother just ignores her request. Her mother tells Wren one day to pack her stuff in her suitcase. Wren’s already shattered world crashes down even more as she moves from town to town not ever staying in one place too long. Staying in a town known as pyramid in michigan Wren finally begins to feel at home making an unexpected friend and connects to Pete’s Pond, a local pond filled with wildlife. As Wren probes more and more to understand why her mother won’t talk about Wren’s father she uncovers a secret that shatters the new reality she has started to build for herself in Pyramid. With the help of her mother and new friend, however Wren resolves to forgive her father and remember the best of his life. Be Free Like a Bird is an engaging story full of both heartbreak and resilience. A perfect book for tweens about sorting truth from lies and choosing what’s best remembered and what should be left in the past. All together Monika Schroder has done an excellent job fabricating an excellent story. Carys C., 13, Central Pennsylvania Mensa
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schröder is a stand-alone novel meant for the middle grades and it's pretty darn awesome! What a wonderful book about dealing with loss, grief, and anger! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Wren, her mother, Theo, and the rest of our cast of characters are well-rounded, complex characters who are believable and just jump off the page with their realism. Wren's mother is running from her grief and anger and of course, Wren's just along for the ride because she doesn't have a choice, but she really does well with all the change considering that she's grieving too. Eventually, after a few stops along the way, they land in Pyramid, Michigan, a small town in the upper peninsula near the end of I-75. Wren decides she likes it there and wants to stay. She makes a new friend in Theo and together they fight against the draining of a wetland by a local landfill. The whole time, there's still a rift between Wren and her mother which is only increased by some terrible news her mother has to tell her about her father. Can they ever mend the rift between them? I'm not going to provide the answer to that or to whether or not Wren and Theo win their fight against the landfill. You'll just have to read this absolutely marvelous book to find out! I highly recommend this book. Even if you're an adult, I believe you'll enjoy it as well! ** Special thanks to the author, Monika Schröder for providing me with a copy of the wonderful book. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions and conclusions expressed in this review are my own. **
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is extremely depressing. But it is written in such a way that makes you want to read more. If you read this, NEVER GET IN A CAR OR HOUSE WITH A STRANGER! Because that is dangerous. Overall a ok book. For ages 9-17
Holly More than 1 year ago
Be Light Like A Bird is the story of a young girl dealing with a loss and coming to terms with what had happened. Wren is a twelve year old girl who just lost her father in a accident and dealing with her mother who packs up everything and forces Wren to leave the only home she has ever known. As they go from town to town until a town called Pyramid, MI that will force the both of them to make a hard decision to move on or to finally make a home there. With Wren still dealing with her father's death, it takes a huge secret about him to make her realize why her mother made her leave in the first place that will make Wren understand everything that had to happen even when she didn't agree with it. As Wren navigates a new school, she comes across some mean girls who only want her around to do their work until a boy named Theo comes into her life that will make her see who is her true friends. It will all come down to a school project that will leave the town divide over a lake but at the same time, bring together people that was meant to be in the perfect ending for Wren's story! This book was amazing and it's one of those books that you can start and be finished with the book in like two hours because you don't want to put it down. You feel for what Wren is going through during her loss and what she is having to deal with at school with bullies. As the secret comes out about her father and why her mother made her leave, it all makes sense that leads to what happened in the end to where they both can finally be in a happy place in their lives! Thank You to Monika Schroder for writing a book that had me glued to the pages just to see what is next for Wren! I received this book from the Author in exchange for a honest review.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
Wren, a typical twelve-year old, has her world come crashing down when her father is tragically killed in a plane crash. She gets no emotional support from her ma who is consumed with feelings of deep anger concerning her husband's death. Unable to communicate with her ma leaves her feeling abandoned and completely shattered inside and things even get worse. Ma forces Wren to pack up her belongings and move several times which causes the black looming cloud that envelopes her to become almost suffocating. How can a young girl mend the constant pain in her heart and get her life back on track all on her own? Wren struggles through episodes of loneliness, despair, peer pressure in her new school, bullying and a feeling of hopelessness. She tries valiantly to journey forward and make sense of the confusion that she wallows in and the state of her present life. She clings to her love of birds and nature which she enjoyed with her loving dad. This special interaction with wildlife leads her to a friendship with a nerdy boy who is also shunned by school peers and is deemed uncool and a misfit. Together they successfully work on issues affecting a local environmental crisis and thankfully her relationship with her ma takes a positive turn bringing them back together as family secrets are shared between the two. Wren's heartbreaking journey allows many opportunities for discussion and reflection as to what is central in life. "Be Light Like a Bird" strongly highlights the importance of family relationships, the power of forgiveness and it offers the reader hope when they are confronted with life's difficult challenges. I truly enjoyed this well-written book and I guarantee it is one that will have you thinking about it long after the last page is read. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schroder is not a light book. This middle grade novel shows that death of a loved one affects each person differently and sometimes divides people who should be close. Twelve-year-old Wren wants and needs to talk to her mother about her father’s death in a plane crash, but her mother shuts her out. Not only that, her mother burns her father’s papers, packs up and moves herself and Wren several times. The prologue shows one of Wren’s coping mechanisms—burying roadkill she finds as she bikes. She discovers a kindred spirit in Theo, who has lost his mother to cancer and takes photos of roadkill. Together, they face school bullies and the town establishment to conserve a nature area where Wren and Theo go to bird watch, an activity Wren shared with her father. Wren is a strong, smart, stubborn, independent girl who finds a way to crack through her mother’s grief and bring them back together. Wren and Theo’s community activism also helps bring people together. Schroder’s excellent writing brings us an important story that will touch the hearts of middle-graders. Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.