I rarely read fiction books but I wanted to give A Bird, A Girl, and a Rescue by J. A. Myhre a try. I also thought it would be interesting to read a book from the juvenile fiction genre especially since its setting was in Africa. Kiisa is an eleven-year-old girl who begins her first year at a boarding school. Her father leaves her a special gift in her suitcase-a talking pied wagtail bird which she names Njili.
Kiisa and Njili embark on an adventure that involves a rebel group that attacks the school and the rescue of her fellow classmate Masasi. Along the way they meet Mbega, a monkey that also talks. From a cobra scare to a crocodile attack this book is a fast-paced adventure. While it is fiction, it also brings to light the real life situations that many African children face such as rebel attacks.
The author intersperses common Luwendigo words within the story. A glossary is in the back which defines each one. This aspect of the book allows kids to see a word in another language which I think they would find very interesting. The bold, black and white illustrations were done by Acacia Masso.
I thought the talking animals to be a bit odd. Especially as they were called messengers. This seemed to give a mystical tone to the book which I found unappealing.
I commend the author for donating half of her royalties to the Rwendigo Fund which provides student scholarships, nutrition programs, books and library initiatives to community schools.