Humor delivers an important message here in the guise of an illustrated catalog of bird parts and do-it-yourself instructions for a world in which the real creatures are nearly gone. With interchangeable feathers, beaks, legs and feet, bodies and tails you can recreate familiar species or create flying fantasies – as long as you follow the simple rules. Differently shaped parts serve different purposes. For readers old enough to get the joke and not be overwhelmed by its very real likelihood. Ten to Fourteen. Kathy Isaacs
When Greg’s mother insists he provide support to fellow teen Rachel, who is dying of cancer, he can no longer maintain his desired low profile at school. He recruits his best friend Earl to help with Rachel; hilarity and awkwardness ensue.