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The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe



by
Tricia Springstubb

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Holiday House
Imprint
Margaret Ferguson Books
ISBN
9780823447572
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For fans of Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly and The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle by Christina Uss, a novel about one unadventurous girl who discovers she is anything but.

While 11-year-old Loah Londonderry’s mother, a noted ornithologist, works to save endangered birds of the shrinking Arctic tundra, shy and timid Loah stays home counting the days till her return. But now, believing she’s sighted Loah’s namesake, a bird long believed extinct, Dr. Londonderry sets off on a risky solo trek that alarms Loah and makes her wonder if her mother cares more about Loah the bird than Loah her daughter.

When Loah’s caretakers wind up in the hospital, she’s left alone for the first time. A new friend, Ellis, sees things in Loah no one else does, something hidden and beautiful, like the golden feather tucked away on her namsake bird’s wing. She gives Loah strength and comfort—and when Dr. Londonderry calls to say her expedition has gone all wrong, Ellis helps Loah to find a way to step out of her comfort zone and save her mother, lost at the top of the world.

Beautifully written, The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe is about expeditions big and small and creatures who defy gravity and those bound by it.Author’s note. Selected bibliography.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

192

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2021

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Mothers and daughters. Adventure and adventurers. Birds. Friendship. Found family.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6–Loah Londonderry’s mother is off on yet another expedition while Loah stays behind in their large old home with caretakers Miss Rinker and her brother Theo, who look after her while Dr. Londonderry is away. Loah’s mother may be an adventurer at heart, but timid Loah is a homebody, who counts the days her mother has been gone and tries to keep busy, as Miss Rinker always suggests. But this summer it seems everything is going wrong. Dr. Londonderry may be on the brink of a discovery, so her trip has been extended. Theo has a medical emergency, and Loah is left alone while Theo is in the hospital and Miss Rinker stays with him. And a man who says he is a housing inspector from the city keeps dropping by at unexpected moments. That would be a lot for anyone to handle, much less a shy homebody. Readers will cheer as Loah steps up and makes things happen, with the help of some unexpected friends. It’s a sweet, satisfying story full of heart—and fascinating facts about birds, climate change, and the environment. An author’s note explains that while Loah’s namesake, the loah bird, is fictional, other bird facts in the book are true, including the fact that climate change is affecting many birds’ habitats. Loah and most of the primary characters are cued as white. VERDICT An excellent choice for fans of realistic fiction and readers interested in nature.–Mindy Rhiger, Hennepin County Lib., MN

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6–Loah Londonderry’s mother is off on yet another expedition while Loah stays behind in their large old home with caretakers Miss Rinker and her brother Theo, who look after her while Dr. Londonderry is away. Loah’s mother may be an adventurer at heart, but timid Loah is a homebody, who counts the days her mother has been gone and tries to keep busy, as Miss Rinker always suggests. But this summer it seems everything is going wrong. Dr. Londonderry may be on the brink of a discovery, so her trip has been extended. Theo has a medical emergency, and Loah is left alone while Theo is in the hospital and Miss Rinker stays with him. And a man who says he is a housing inspector from the city keeps dropping by at unexpected moments. That would be a lot for anyone to handle, much less a shy homebody. Readers will cheer as Loah steps up and makes things happen, with the help of some unexpected friends. It’s a sweet, satisfying story full of heart—and fascinating facts about birds, climate change, and the environment. An author’s note explains that while Loah’s namesake, the loah bird, is fictional, other bird facts in the book are true, including the fact that climate change is affecting many birds’ habitats. Loah and most of the primary characters are cued as white. VERDICT An excellent choice for fans of realistic fiction and readers interested in nature.–Mindy Rhiger, Hennepin County Lib., MN

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