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Flip the Bird

by Kym Brunner

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This book started out great. It proposed 2 sides to the controversial issue of the treatment of animals. Mercer, the main character, is a meat-eating falconer who is interested in a vegetarian girl who is part of an animal rights group that protests outside of Mercer's mother's university research lab. As they get to know each other, Mercer misrepresents himself. The plot evolved well until Mercer said too many times that he would never lie again. He didn't seem to be learning the lesson that lies get you in trouble. The 2 sides of the animal treatment subject was definitely one-sided at the end. I hoped it would continue with the open-minded beginning. Finally, a personal pet peeve--the author made it sound as if a growing boy can't be vegetarian because he would not grow or be able to maintain an adequate weight. There are vegetarian boys all over the world growing just fine--some are probably even over-weight. ( )
  AmandaSanders | Jul 22, 2017 |
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Mercer Buddie wants two things in this world: a girlfriend and the chance to prove to his master falconer father that he’s not a flake. With hunting season fast approaching, fourteen-year-old Mercer has only a short time to work with Flip, a red-tailed hawk he irreverently named to show his dad that falconers don’t have to be so serious all the time.
     When Mercer meets Lucy, he falls hard for her gorgeous looks and bubbly personality. He thinks his love life is about to take flight, until he discovers that Lucy and her family belong to a fanatical animal-rights organization called HALT—a group that believes imposing any sort of restrictions on animals is a form of cruelty. Mercer soon realizes that if he wants to keep seeing Lucy, he’ll need to keep his love of falconry and his family’s raptor rehabilitation center a secret from her, and Lucy’s involvement with HALT from his family.
     With humor and honesty, Mercer’s story shows how growing up means making difficult choices…and sometimes, being rewarded in unexpected ways.

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