Blue heron

Author Avi.
Language English
Publisher
Prince Frederick MD: Recorded Books, 1994




Annotation:

Professional Media Service Corp.



Subjects :

  • Herons
  • Friendship
  • Family problems
  • Fiction

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Best of the Best Revisited (100 Best Books for Teens), 2001 American Library Association-YALSA
  • Booklist Book Review Stars, Jan. 15, 1992 American Library Association
  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson
  • Kirkus Book Review Stars, 1992
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 H.W. Wilson
  • School Library Journal: Best Books for Young Adults, 1992 Cahners
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1993 American Library Association

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, 1995; Nominee North Dakota
  • Prairie Pasque Award, 1995; Nominee South Dakota
  • Virginia State Young Readers' Award, 1996; Nominee Virginia

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Reading Measurement Programs:


0380720434
Avon Bks. () 1992.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 4
Accelerated Reader Points 5

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 590
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 10


999999
Bradbury Press (New York:) 1992.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 4
Accelerated Reader Points 5

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 10

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Reviews :

Hazel Rochman (Booklist, Jan. 15, 1992 (Vol. 88, No. 10))
When you read the lyrical nature descriptions in the quiet parts of this story, it's hard to believe that they're by the writer of books like the tight thriller Wolf Rider , or the raucous comedy S.O.R. Losers , or the jumpy, brilliant school story Nothing but the Truth. Then, as this novel continues and the scenes of stillness and solitude contrast with raging family confrontation, you realize that Avi is drawing on everything he's written, and more. The telling has the best kind of surprise, reversal that then appears inevitable. There's a rich ambiguity, a yoking of opposites in character, language, mood, pace, and viewpoint that's rare in YA fiction. It doesn't always work. But then, Avi's never been afraid to take risks, to try something new. At first, the nature symbolism and the family dynamics seem like coming-of-age cliches. Maggie, nearly 13, flies in from her home on the West Coast to spend August with her divorced father, his young wife, and their new baby in a rented cabin on a pond at the New England shore. Early every morning, alone in the mist, Maggie watches an enormous blue heron on the marsh. Quiet, solitary, dogged, patient, she's obsessed with its beauty, its infinite slowness. Avi builds each chapter with tight emotion, ending on a hanging note that leaves you wondering and yet pulls you to read on. Maggie soon realizes that her father is ill and that his new marriage is troubled. She's surprised at how much she likes her stepmother, even as she sees that the father she loves is a bully, that he's cruel and also deeply hurt. The message is spelled out ("The people I love--sometimes--I don't like them"), but the story does show that things are confused, complicated, changing--and connected. There's a double climax: one of yelling, explosive fury when Maggie discovers her father's seething secret, what he's been talking about all vacation in those intense, private business calls on his cellular phone; the other, an infinitely fragile moment when Maggie finally gets close enough to touch the heron "hardly more than a breath of finger to feather." Through the most private experience, Maggie connects with nature and with people. Watching the bird, she doesn't know she's being watched by Tucker, a sad, lonely boy who's trying to shoot the heron. The scenes between these two very different kids are moving and funny (he calls her Big Bird), with a contemporary dialogue that's casual and intense. It turns out they're not as different as they seem. She's horrified to see his father slap Tucker's face in public, but soon after, her own father yells abuse at her when he breaks down in a crowded restaurant. Maggie and Tucker are joined in trouble and, finally, in their feeling for something beyond themselves. In contrast to that slap, there's another exquisite moment of contact: when Maggie begs Tucker not to kill the heron she loves, she "touched fingers to his cheek." To Maggie's father, all herons look the same, and the pond is "pretty as a picture." But she looks close enough and hard enough to get beyond that stereotype, and she finds "a different way of seeing . . . what else is there." Category: Older Readers. 1992, Bradbury, $14.95. Gr. 5-8. Starred Review.
(PUBLISHER: Bradbury Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1992.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1992)
A versatile author whose popular books include rousing historical adventures (The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, 1990, Newbery Honor) and sparkling satire (Nothing But the Truth, 1991) portrays a contemporary family under unusual stress. Flying in for her annual visit with her 50-ish father, his young wife Joanna, and their new baby, Maggie (12) hopes that "nothing about her father [has] changed." Not so: Dad is unaccountably snappish and unreasonable. As the vacation on a Connecticut lake progresses, it develops that he's at odds with Joanna and has heart trouble, while even Joanna doesn't know that he lost his job just after the baby's birth and isn't taking his medication. Maggie's plea that he do so precipitates an angry outburst during which Dad nearly dies in an accident. Though sadly credible, Dad's behavior, as observed by Maggie, makes him unsympathetic and hard to like. Meanwhile, Avi draws other relationships with exceptional subtlety, especially Maggie's growing affection for her nice, intelligent stepmother, who in her need reaches out to her like a sister; and Maggie's delicate negotiation with a neighborhood bully, Tucker, who has been stalking a noble great blue heron. The heron, a potent symbol (Dad says it can mean life or death), has been Maggie's preoccupation and solace; in the end, though Dad's adult problems may defy solution, she manages to transform the belligerent Tucker's perception of the awe-inspiring bird. A thoughtful, beautifully crafted story. 1992, Bradbury, $14.95. Starred Review. © 1992 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Bradbury Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1992.)

Susan G. Baird (Audiofile, October 1994)
Intended for young adult readers, Avi's beautiful, moving, but realistic, story appeals to everyone. Avi is adept at creating background, mood and dialogue. Moore's voice is the perfect vehicle to convey this exceptional tale. Maggie, soon to be thirteen, falls in love with a blue heron. She also learns the truth about her difficult father who is critically ill. There are relatively few characters; this makes their presentations that much more important. The differences between men, women, boys, girls all come through superbly. This lovely, uplifting story is a wise purchase for all libraries. S.G.B. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 1994 (orig. 1992), Recorded Books, Three cassettes, 4.5 hrs., Book pak, $24.00. Ages 13 up.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books (Prince Frederick MD:), PUBLISHED: p1994.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
Maggie Lavchek believes in magic. Magic doesn’t change things. It keeps them the same. Maybe that’s what she was hoping as the plane she had taken from her home in Seattle, Washington touched down on the airstrip in Westport, Connecticut. Maggie’s parents were divorced, and this was her yearly summer visit with her father and his wife Joanna, who had just had a baby. The four of them were going to spend part of the summer at Sawdy Pond, a lakeside cottage in Massachusetts. But from the start Maggie has a feeling things aren’t going to work out. All of Joanna’s attention is focused on the baby, and something is terribly wrong with her father. When he isn’t sleeping, he seems to spend all of his time on the phone. Early every morning Maggie escapes down to the marshes where she had discovered a blue heron her first day at Sawdy Pond. The beautiful gray-blue bird seems to be the only thing she can count upon. But someone is tracking the heron, and Maggie has to stop him before it is too late. n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 94207, $30.75. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books (Prince Frederick MD:), PUBLISHED: p1994.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Prince Frederick MD: Recorded Books, 1994

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
3 sound cassettes (4.5 hr.):
PZ7.A953 ([Fic])
0788700081
9780788700088
This title is a middle nominee for Virginia Young Reader Award- 1995-1996.
Unabridged.
Based on the book by Avi.
New York N.Y.: Avon Books, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
186 p. ;
PZ7.A953 ([Fic])
0606051635
9780606051637
Originally published New York: Bradbury Press c1992.
Avon Bks., 1992

Media Type: Language Material
p.
([Fic])
0380720434
9780380720439
New York: Bradbury Press, 1992

Media Type: Language Material
186 p. ;
PZ7.A953 ([Fic])
0027077519
9780027077513

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