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Pablo and Birdy

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
A boy who drifted into the seaside town of Isla as a baby searches for answers about where he and his parrot came from in this charmer of a tale laced with magical realism from New York Times best-selling author Alison McGhee.

The seaside town of Isla has many stories, the most notable being the legend of the Seafaring Parrot. Locals claim that the Seafarer remembers every sound, every whisper, cry, laugh, or snort ever uttered. But, though there have been rumored Seafarer sightings, no one has actually seen the bird before. Other stories surround a boy named Pablo, who had washed up onshore in a blow-up swimming pool as an infant with only a lavender parrot as a companion. Now, on the eve of his tenth birthday, the stories are repeated.

"At first I thought it was a huge fish," Emmanuel, the man who found and took Pablo in, says. Pierre the baker's guess was a good one: Perhaps Pablo has come from an undiscovered country, one unknown to the rest of the world. Maybe the inhabitants there lived in tree houses or underground. Or maybe he's a pirate baby. But Pablo wants the truth, and the only one who might know it is Birdy, his parrot. After all, she was there, holding on to the raft. But unlike most birds who live in Isla, Birdy can neither talk nor fly. Or, at least, she never has. Until...one day, when strong winds begin to blow - winds similar to the ones that brought Pablo to shore - Birdy begins to mutter. Could Birdy be a Seafaring parrot? If she is, then she will be able to tell Pablo the true story of where he came from - of who tied him so lovingly and safely to that raft? But if she is, that also means the second part of the Seafarer myth is true...that Seafaring Parrots will eventually fly away.

As Pablo is buzzing with questions, hopes, and fears, an old saying echoes in his mind: Winds of change mean fortune lost or fortune gained. And while the winds rise in Isla, Pablo holds tight to Birdy. Would losing his companion, his dearest link to his past, be that loss?

Genre: Children's Fiction

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August 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Pablo And Birdy (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Alison McGhee
ISBN: 0-606-41357-X / 978-0-606-41357-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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August 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Pablo and Birdy
Author(s): Alison McGhee
ISBN: 1-4814-7026-4 / 978-1-4814-7026-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
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August 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Pablo and Birdy
Author(s): Alison McGhee
ISBN: 1-4814-7027-2 / 978-1-4814-7027-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
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August 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Pablo and Birdy
Author(s): Alison McGhee
ISBN: 1-5082-3170-2 / 978-1-5082-3170-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Title: Pablo and Birdy
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Title: Pablo and Birdy
Author(s): Alison McGhee
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