Episode # 12

Blue Birds

Caroline Starr Rose

Author of the beloved May B. returns with another stunning novel in verse. Read More »

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10 And Up / 5 And Up
Putnam Juvenile




Blue Birds

It’s 1587 and twelve-year-old Alis has made the long journey with her parents from England to help settle the New World, the land christened Virginia in honor of the Queen. And Alis couldn’t be happier. The streets of London are crowded and dirty. But this new land, with its trees and birds and sky calls to Alis. Here she feels free. But the land, the island Roanoke is also inhabited by the Roanoke tribe and tensions between them and the English are running high, quickly becoming deadly.

Amid the strife, Alis meets and befriends Kimi, a Roanoke girl about her age. Despite not even speaking the same language these girls form an impossible bond becoming as close as sisters, willing to risk everything for the other. Finally, Alis must make an impossible choice when her family resolves to leave the island and bloodshed behind.

With a beautiful, tender story of friendship and the meaning of family, Caroline Starr Rose delivers another historical gem.

Praise for Caroline Starr Rose

“The short, free-verse lines are one-two punches in this Laura Ingalls Winder-inspired ode to the human spirit.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review on May B.

“Writing with compassion and a wealth of evocative details, Rose offers a memorable heroine and a testament to the will to survive.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review on May B.

“Heroes come in all sizes, and my newest hero is a pint-sized girl named May. She is a girl you’ll be proud to know.”
Karen Cushman, Newbery Award-winning author of The Midwife's Apprentice on May B.

Caroline Starr Rose is the author of critically acclaimed May B. Blue Birds is her second novel.