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Rio: The Junior Novel
     

Rio: The Junior Novel

by Lexa Hillyer
 

From the makers of the Ice Age films comes a high-flying tale of a bird who never learned to do what birds do best—fly!

Blu, a rare blue Spix's Macaw, has everything he needs—heart, attitude . . . feathers—but he's afraid he may never soar. That's all about to change in the magical city of Rio, where Blu has incredible adventures and makes new

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From the makers of the Ice Age films comes a high-flying tale of a bird who never learned to do what birds do best—fly!

Blu, a rare blue Spix's Macaw, has everything he needs—heart, attitude . . . feathers—but he's afraid he may never soar. That's all about to change in the magical city of Rio, where Blu has incredible adventures and makes new friends who show Blu he's always had what it takes to make his dreams come true.

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Children's Literature - Michele C. Hughes
When bird poachers steal a macaw named Blu from his idyllic home, he fears the worst. After a plane trip from South America to the United States, a careless driver loses Blu's crate off the back of his truck, and a kind girl named Linda rescues him. Fifteen years later, Linda and Blu have settled into a happy life together. An ornithologist named Tulio approaches them to propose that they travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, so that Blu can mate with the only remaining Spix's Macaw and save their species. In Rio, Blu meets Jewel and finds that she is both beautiful and spirited—and more interested in escaping the aviary than mating with him. When they are left alone to mate, smugglers kidnap them to sell on the black market. Jewel and Blu free themselves with their kidnappers in hot pursuit through the streets of Rio, Jewel lamenting all the while that Blu cannot fly. Nonetheless, they find their way to the jungle, which seems strangely familiar to Blu. It is a race between the good guys and the bad guys to locate the macaws, and it culminates during a Carnevale parade on the streets of Rio. Because this novel is based on the movie, there is no internal life for any of the characters—it is essentially just a detailed narrative of what viewers would see on the screen. Consequently, it lacks depth. Readers may enjoy this reiteration of the film if they have already seen it. Otherwise, it is no substitute for the film. Reviewer: Michele C. Hughes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062022691
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/22/2011
Series:
Rio Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Lexa Hillyer is the cofounder of literary incubator Paper Lantern Lit and a former YA editor. Lexa is also an award-winning poet: her first collection, Acquainted with the Cold, won a Foreword Book of the Year Award. Her poetry has been anthologized in Best New Poets 2012 and has appeared in various journals. Proof of Forever is her first novel. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and an orange tree.

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