The Theory of Hummingbirds

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The Theory of Hummingbirds

By Michelle Kadarusman
Juvenile Fiction Ages 8-12
ISBN: 978-1-77278-027-7 (HC) / 978-1-77278-035-2 (PB)
List Price: $17.95 (HC) / $11.95 (PB)
Hardcover with dust jacket / Paperback with French flaps
Trim size: 13.97 x 19.05 cm / 5.5 x 7.5 inches
Pages: 160

Canadian Publication Date: September 25, 2017
U.S. Publication Date: October 16, 2017

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

A moving novel for middle-grade readers that is not about overcoming disability, but rather becoming one’s truest self

“Hummingbirds and angels don’t need two good feet. They have wings.” That’s what Alba’s mother always says. Of course, Alba doesn’t have wings or two good feet: she has Cleo. Cleo is the name Alba has given to her left foot, which was born twisted in the wrong direction. When she points this out, though, her mother just smiles like the world has some surprise in store she doesn’t know about yet.

Well, Alba has her own surprise planned. After one final surgery and one final cast, Cleo is almost ready to meet the world straight on—just in time to run in the sixth grade cross-country race. Unfortunately, Alba’s best friend Levi thinks there’s no way she can pull it off. And she thinks there’s no way he’s right about the school librarian hiding a wormhole in her office. Tempers flare. Sharp words fly faster than hummingbirds. And soon it looks like both friends will be stuck proving their theories on their own.