Roll

By: Darcy Miller

In this hilariously funny and poignant novel, eleven-year-old Ren Culver meets new neighbor Sutton, who introduces him to the world of competitive pigeon rolling.

ISBN: 9780062461223

JLG Release: Sep 2017


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Coming of age , Cross-country running , Family life , Friendship , Pigeons , Training pigeons , School

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Soon-to-be sixth grader Lauren Hall has a lot going on. His dad, a former cross-country coach, is very excited that Ren (as he likes to be called) plans on joining the school’s cross-country team in the fall, but as Ren begins training, he’s not so sure running is his thing. Ever since Ren and his family moved into his grandparents̵ Soon-to-be sixth grader Lauren Hall has a lot going on. His dad, a former cross-country coach, is very excited that Ren (as he likes to be called) plans on joining the school’s cross-country team in the fall, but as Ren begins training, he’s not so sure running is his thing. Ever since Ren and his family moved into his grandparents’ old house, he’s finding it harder and harder to keep in touch with his old neighbor and best friend, Aiden. And this summer, Aiden is starting to hang out with the cool kids. One morning while he’s out running, Ren sees a flock of birds acting in the strangest manner and meets a girl who just moved nearby. Her name is Sutton, and she is training a kit of Birmingham Roller Pigeons. As the summer progresses, Ren sorts through his familial and friendship issues, coming out a bit wiser in the end. VERDICT This character-driven, light coming-of-age story will appeal to fans of realistic fiction. Kids with an interest in animals will find the pigeons fascinating.—Matthew Forster, Big Words, Clarkston, MI

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Seeing birds fall out of the sky may lead a person to doubt himself. When you are a very short eleven-year-old boy named Lauren, you doubt yourself often. Ren, as he prefers to be called, senses that he is growing apart from his best friend, Aiden—Aiden is now hanging around with the popular kids and is no longer interested either in the comi Seeing birds fall out of the sky may lead a person to doubt himself. When you are a very short eleven-year-old boy named Lauren, you doubt yourself often. Ren, as he prefers to be called, senses that he is growing apart from his best friend, Aiden—Aiden is now hanging around with the popular kids and is no longer interested either in the comics they previously enjoyed or in Ren’s company. Ren attempts to adapt to his changing circumstances by joining the cross-country team, emulating his trophy-winning runner father. When he meets new neighbor Sutton, with her bright-red dyed hair, he becomes curious about her. He learns that she is training Birmingham Roller pigeons to drop from the sky and do backward somersaults. Somehow, helping Sutton produce champion somersaulting pigeons feels as normal as anything else. Readers will easily predict the story’s destination but will still delight in Sutton’s fierce honesty and Ren’s geeky selfdiscoveries (guess what? He really hates running). Readers will also have very little trouble rolling with the human characters—and the pigeons—and will willingly accept the growth Ren makes as a natural byproduct of the events of the novel. Plus, we learn about Birmingham Roller pigeons. How cool is that? ed spicer

Book Details

ISBN

9780062461223

First Release

September 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 4; Points: 5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.3; Points: 10;

Lexile

Level 590L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

HarperCollins

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Coming of age, Cross-country running, Family life, Friendship, Pigeons, Training pigeons, School,

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