In this fresh and funny novel, a teenage falconer in training gets in trouble when he finds himself falling for a girl who is part of a radical animal rights group, now available in paperback. Mercer Buddie wants two things: a girlfriend and the chance to prove himself to his master falconer father. With hunting season approaching, fourteen-year-old Mercer has only a short time to train his red-tailed hawk, Flip. Then Mercer meets Lucy and thinks his love life is about to take flight—until he discovers that she belongs to a fanatical animal rights organization called HALT. If Mercer wants to keep seeing Lucy, he’ll need to keep his love of falconry and his family’s raptor rehabilitation center a secret from her, and Lucy’s involvement with HALT from his family. Is love worth all the lies—and maybe even the loss of his bird?
About the Author
Kym Brunner is the author of the YA novels Flip the Bird, Wanted: Dead or In Love, and One Smart Cookie. She teaches 7th grade and lives in Illinois. Visit her website at www.kymbrunner.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Oh. My. Gosh. I LOVED IT!! Loved it. This book had me from page one. FLIP THE BIRD by Kym Brunner is delightful, refreshing, and engaging. As the title suggests, fun word plays are peppered throughout the book, and Brunner infuses the story with a sense of humor that had me laughing out loud multiple times. Brunner takes us into a world that many readers are not familiar - the world of falconry. While there are scenes set in a typical high school, most of the story takes place in settings new and fresh for most readers. I'm always amazed when a contemporary novel feels like a page-turner to me. As a fan of thrillers and high-suspense novels (which are inherently page-turners), when I come across a story that is not in that genre but still compels me to read faster and longer and past my bed-time, my mind is blown. Another thing I love about a great story is when the plot catches me by surprise. FLIP THE BIRD has several plot points that took me in directions I wasn't expecting. Nicely done, Kym Brunner. Nicely done. FLIP THE BIRD will appeal to everyone - adults and kids of all ages.