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Bird Gardner, twelve, lives quietly with his loving but shattered father, a former linguist who now racks books in a university library. Bird understands the need of not asking too many questions, standing out too much, or straying too far. For the last decade, their lives have been regulated by regulations enacted to protect “American culture” in the aftermath of years of economic insecurity and bloodshed.
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To maintain peace and prosperity, authorities are now permitted to relocate children of dissidents, particularly those of Asian origin, and libraries have been forced to remove books deemed unpatriotic, including the work of Bird’s mother, Margaret, a Chinese American poet who abandoned the family when he was nine years old.
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Bird has grown up rejecting his mother and her poetry; he has no idea what happened to her or what happened to her, and he knows he shouldn’t worry. But when he receives a mystery letter with only a cryptic sketch, he is drawn into a search for her. His quest will lead him back to the countless folktales she instilled in him as a boy, into the ranks of an underground network of librarians, into the lives of the children who have been abducted, and eventually to Fresh York City, where a new act of resistance may be the start of much-needed reform.
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