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Justine McKeen and the Bird Nerd
By author: Sigmund Brouwer   Illustrated by: Dave Whamond
Selling Points: "birds, animal conservation, community, activism, humor, environmentalism, ""green"" projects and activities"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Nov/01/2013
Pages: 64
Fiction Ages 7-9
Price:  $6.95
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Meet Justine McKeen, the Queen of Green. She's trying to save the planet, one person at a time, and when she decides to get something done, it's a lot of fun.

When a small bird is injured after flying into a school window, the students are shocked and upset. But they are even more shocked when school bully Jimmy Blatzo rescues the bird and nurses it back to health. Blatzo may have saved one bird, but the problem is much bigger and not confined to the school grounds. Birds are flying into the windows at the town hall too. With the help of Justine, green activist extraordinaire, Blatzo gets the courage he needs to approach town council. Getting over his fear of public speaking will be one challenge. Getting used to his new nickname, Bird Nerd, will be another matter entirely.
School Librarian's Workshop - June 1, 2014
"Readers will love this engaging Orca Echoes environmental series."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - January 1, 2014
"A well written story...Elementary teachers wanting to show students how to study a community problem and present solutions will find this an excellent resource and read aloud."
Resource Links - December 1, 2013
"This fun story about three friends who really care about each other and about the environment provides a foundation for questions about many ways to care for animals and our world...A lighthearted and informative read that will entertain."
CM Magazine - September 27, 2013
"What is so interesting about author Brouwer's Justine McKeen books is that they are well-researched and offer websites for further reading into the issues and ideas his characters bring up...Children are interested in the environment, and the characters Brouwer creates are engaging and smart. Children will enjoy reading how the children cooperate to solve problem and share information to find solutions. The extra reading websites offered can help teachers, parents or students to learn more about specific parts of the book."


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