The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya
Author: Jane Kelley
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.
In The News
“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.” —Booklist
“An uplifting story of courage, resilience, and cross-species friendship.” —Publishers Weekly