Quill & Quire calls The Theory of Hummingbirds “a gentle, hopeful, a wholly innocent portrayal of a sixth-grade girl dealing with being different”
Posted on June 28th, 2017 by pajamapress
“…The Theory of Hummingbirds is a gentle, hopeful, and wholly innocent portrayal of a sixth-grade girl dealing with being different….
Alba uses several coping techniques to deal with her physical challenges. She is deeply invested in hummingbirds and sees them as a metaphor for her own life. ‘Hummingbirds don’t sit around moaning about their tiny feet and the fact that they can’t walk,’ she says. Alba calls her clubfoot Cleo, viewing it with compassion and kindness rather than resentment and self-pity. Support comes from her best friend Levi, who spends recess indoors with her because of his serious asthma.
…In the mode of Jeanne Birdsall and Natalie Lloyd, Kadarusman makes some narrative choices that favour poeticism and poignancy over realism….
The negativity is fleeting and the trajectory of Alba’s journey is onward and upward….”
Read the full review on page 47 of the July/August 2017 issue of Quill & Quire