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Mack, Tracy.
New York : Scholastic, 2003.
ISBN 0439535905

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

The rhyhtm of the city is alive for Jed.  He and his friend Flyer have been given a school assignment to film their neighborhood.  As the two explore thier familiar environment, they find unfamiliar sites and emotions.  Jed is dealing with the death of his older brother.  Flyer is trying to come to terms with the fact that his mother has left and won't be coming back.  In the midst of this is a young runaway named Kiki who needs  more than the Jed can give.

Booktalk #2

Jed and Flyer have been friends since fifth grade. Now, as eighth graders, they are working on a Christmas vacation project for school to make a  documentary of where they live. As they video their East Village New York neighborhood, they take a look at all the things that make their neighborhood unique; Jamal drumming in the subway, Melody at the diner, the lady who walks dogs, the statue of Jesus in his glass case, and the homeless girl they see on the street. Something about the girl puzzles Jed. Who is she, and did Zeke, his brother, who died last summer, really know her? Is she the one that Zeke wrote about in his poetry? Join Jed and Flyer as they film their documentary of discovery and learn more about their neighborhood, their families and themselves. Read Birdland by Tracy Mack.  Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award nominee, 2005-2006

SUBJECTS:     Video recordings -- Production and direction -- Fiction.
                        Brothers -- Fiction.
                        Speech disorders -- Fiction.
                        Jews -- New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
                        New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.


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