Katerina has a problem with Ss. A s-stuttering problem. And now that shes in seventh grade, at a new school, shes become self-conscious about it -- so self-conscious she hardly speaks to her classmates. Which confirms their opinion that shes stuck-up. For Katerinas last name is Farnsworth, and in this part of Connecticut, Farnsworth means Farnsworth Aeronautics, the major aircraft manufacturer, founded by her grandfather.
But if school life is miserable for Katerina, her after-school life is the opposite -- at least on the days when she gets to go bird-watching with her father. Heaven, for her, is sitting with him in a rowboat in the wetlands off Farnsworth Bay, catching glimpses of the indigenous shorebirds. Their particular favorite is one that isnt in any of the bird books. In fact, Katerina names the species herself: s-silent s-spillbill. But these small birds, with their drab brown feathers and remarkable aerial acrobatics, aren't everyones taste. When they're implicated in the crash of a Farnsworth jet, prototype, Katerina's daunting grandfather develops a distinct grudge against them. And when they're implicated in a second crash, his animosity hardens into a desire to destroy them.By turns dramatic and funny, The Silent Spillbills is the story of these odd little birds and the girl who learns, while solving their problems, to solve her own.
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Tor Seidler has written several books for children, including The Wainscott Weasel, an ALA Notable Book, and Mean Margaret, which was nominated for the National Book Award. He lives in New York City.From AudioFile:
Tor Seidler's THE SILENT SPILLBILLS provides the opportunity for a master storyteller to display her talents. Amid a clash between generations and ecosystems, Christina Moore crafts a myriad of characters subtly and convincingly. The fawning headmistress, the arrogant grandfather, the mother of German decent, the taunting schoolmates and the stuttering heroine, Katerina Farnsworth, come to life with Moore's narration. Seidler's story tells of a new breed of waterfowl that inspires an aircraft design and a family that comes to a deeper understanding of itself. Moore's storytelling keeps the listener involved. The predictability and laboriousness of the tale are lessened by the power of the narration. A.R. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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