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.
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