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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 28/Jan/2020
Fry Reading Level: 3.6
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Ava works hard at maintaining a certain image online and at school. As far as anyone else knows, life is great. But when she inherits an African gray parrot from her great-uncle Bernie (whom she barely remembers), Ava’s carefully crafted world starts to crumble. The parrot, Mervin, is loud and messy and obnoxious. Ava’s brother thinks it’s hilarious to post videos of Ava trying to deal with the crazy bird. He even creates a profile for the two of them. Everyone wants to see more of Ava and Mervin. Suddenly, Ava is internet famous—in the worst possible way. Her friends think the parrot is gross and start acting weird. But then a new girl at school helps Ava see that this parrot might not be the worst gift in the world and that just being yourself is the best way to be.

Kirkus Reviews
“The lively parrot and Ava's growing understanding of and affection for him rise above average.”
Booklist
“A breezy read but still touches on many of the struggles of middle-grade students in the digital age…It’s a pleasure to follow the avian antics and watch as Mervin squawks his way into everyone’s hearts.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Recommended.”