Bird Lake Moon

Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

When two boys come to spend the summer at Bird Lake, each is reeling from his own personal tragedy. Mitch feels isolated at his grandparents’ house and can’t help hating his father, who walked out on him and his mom two and a half weeks earlier. Spencer’s family has decided it’s finally time to return to Bird Lake, years after his brother, Matty, drowned there. Both boys arrive at the lake scarred and fragile, but as they become friends, the sharp edges of their lives smooth out and, slowly, they are able to start healing.


“Henkes knows children and their secrets, and readers will lean close to hear the whispers.”— Booklist (starred review)

“Superbly crafted. . . . A ‘must have’ for every library.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

“In a novel as tender as his acclaimed Olive’s Ocean, Henkes probes the psyches of two boys facing family conflicts.”— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[A] quiet, beautifully told story.”— KLIATT (starred review)


Booklist Editors’ Choice
Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best
New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice
Book Sense Summer Children’s Pick
Washington Post Book World Best Kids’ Books of the Year
Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award Nominee
Georgia Children’s Book Award Master List
Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Nominee
Wisconsin Library Association’s Children’s Book Award

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