The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya

Jane Kelley

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An orphaned African grey parrot who can speak 127 words. A girl so sick, she has forgotten what it means to try. Fate––and a banana nut muffin––bring them together. Will their shared encounter help them journey through storms inside and out? Will they lose their way, or will they find what really matters?

Here is a story that will remind readers how navigating so many of life’s desperate adventures requires friendship and, above all, hope.

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An alarm buzzed. A phone rang. Theme music from a news program played. A clock chimed ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen times. The alarm buzzed again louder and louder. And louder. No one turned it off. No one got up and put food in the shiny aluminum bowl that was, alas, completely empty.
The source of all these sounds rapped his beak on top of the bookcase. The house was silent for a moment, as if everything in it, even the walls of leather-bound books, hoped for a response. There was none. So the alarm buzzed, the phone rang, the music played, the clock chimed, the alarm

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"The story is alternately told in Zeno’s and Alya’s voices, and both characters are compelling, believable, and likable. Sprinkled with humor, particularly with Zeno’s gaps in vocabulary, the plot is fast paced and will appeal to a wide range of readers as they root for a satisfying ending for both the bird and the young girl." -- School Library Journal

"For animal lovers looking for something unique, this story of true friends missing each other will fit the bill." -- BCCB


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Jane Kelley

JANE KELLEY is the author of the middle-grade novels NATURE GIRL and THE GIRL BEHIND THE GLASS. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their daughter.

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The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya
Jane Kelley

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Hardcover

Hardcover
Feiwel & Friends
October 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250023483
ISBN10: 1250023483
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$15.99

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Feiwel & Friends
October 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466848542
ISBN10: 1466848545
Middle-Grade Fiction208 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$9.99
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