This novel is quirky, serious and silly all wrapped up in a world of internal dialogue. Books about foster-care are always full of angst and this is no exception, but the way it unfolds is unique.
Kyle’s experience of a new foster-family is painted for us with his skepticism of anything good lasting, his abusive father’s voice telling him he’s wrong at every step, and his imaginary friend modeled after The Doctor in Doctor Who who advises him.
It is interesting that in choosing to be mute Kyle finds ways to express himself for the first time. The metaphor of the wounded bird will not be lost on thoughtful young readers but is subtle enough not to feel didactic.
I’d recommend this to those who enjoyed The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen.