"I never did tell my parents what happened that summer. I never said a word about that morning when I woke up in the forest with glossy black wings and flew. When I joined a mob of crows and chased off an owl. When I surfed the waves with a snapping turtle. When I saved my birdy friend from a bobcat's jaws. When a pair of crows became my second family. When I flew!"
Zo in the Roosting Tree tells the story of a young crow who is really a human girl inside. This warm, nature-based fantasy teaches readers about clever, playful, family-loving crows. It's perfect for kids and parents who love nature, birds, and magic.
One morning in the Maine woods, an eleven-year-old girl named Jae wakes up on top of a tall tree. Looking down at her beautiful black feathers, stretching out her long wings, Jae knows that she has become Zo the crow. And she guesses that if Jae is now living inside Zo, then Zo must be living inside Jae. Girl and crow. Crow and girl. But where is Jae? When Zo meets her loving crow-parents Corbin and Merla, they teach her how to fly—and land without falling beak-first in the dirt! Zo learns how to catch yummy grasshoppers and escape hungry owls. With her best friend, a goofy cardinal named Rufus, she plays games on telephone wires, soars over treetops, and surfs the wind. Zo saves Rufus from a bobcat, steals food from otters, meets a bossy goose . . . and best of all, she flies! Being a crow can be confusing and scary sometimes, but Zo loves her new life. She has learned to use her instincts and her birdy smarts, with some help from her animal friends. Still, Zo is torn between two lives. And once she discovers the dangers of crow life—owls and bobcats and cars—Zo misses her human family. One day, Zo sees the human girl Jae paddling a canoe with her brother Griff. Zo visits Jae at her human family's cabin, and they decide it's time to switch places again. But how? Zo asks her friend, a mysterious snapping turtle named Shelly, for the magic she needs to go home. Shelly explains about the "Switch" that allows animals and humans to change places and learn from each other. It's time for Zo and Jae to un-switch. But will Shelly the magical snapper be able to help Zo switch back from crow to human?