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Rare Birds

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the RARE BIRDS by Jeff Miller Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 

About The Book

Rare Birds book cover by Jeff Miller


Author: Jeff Miller

Pub. Date: January 31, 2023

Publisher: Union Square Kids

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 288

Buy it: Amazon

Find it: Goodreads


Jeff Miller’s heartbreaking, coming-of-age middle-grade novel—inspired by his personal experience living through his own parent’s heart transplant—invites readers into the world of a twelve-year-old birdwatcher looking for a place to call home and a way to save his mother, even if it means venturing deep into Florida swampland.
Twelve-year-old Graham Dodds is no stranger to hospital waiting rooms. Sometimes, he feels like his entire life is one big waiting room. Waiting for the next doctor to tell them what’s wrong with his mom. To find out what city they’re moving to next. Waiting to see if they will finally get their miracle—a heart transplant to save his mom’s life.
When Graham gets stuck in Florida for the summer, he meets a girl named Lou at the hospital, and he finds a friend who needs a distraction as much as he does. She tells him about a contest to find the endangered Snail Kite, which resides in the local gator-filled swamps. Together they embark on an adventure, searching for the rare bird . . . and along the way, Graham might just find something else—himself.
Jeff Miller crafts a heartfelt story about what it means to live in this unforgettable middle-grade novel. Rare Birds is a rare find that will resonate with fans of the Carl Hiassen’s Hoot and Melissa Savage’s Lemon. For readers looking for novels with literary appeal and classic themes of family, friendship, and the meaning of life, Rare Birds is a perfect pick.  

Rare Bird Review

A middle school book for all ages. I couldn’t have enjoyed this book more and it’s been a while (cough) since I was in school. There are two plots stitched together perfectly that kept me turning the pages. The characters have a lot of depth and I couldn’t help but love them. One minute I was cheering, the next, choking up. And the ending…be still my heart! Great job. 

About the Author

Jeff Miller is a middle-grade author and former camp counselor originally from Kent, Ohio. He loves snow, coffee, and visiting schools to connect with young readers. His mom, a 2018 heart transplant recipient, has always inspired him to face life with humor and heart. He currently lives in Chicago, where he keeps asking his cats for writing advice.

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Giveaway for Rare Birds

1 winner will receive a finished copy of RARE BIRDS, US Only.

Ends February 7th, midnight EST.

Enter the giveaway HERE. Good Luck!

Rare Birds blog schedule post

Rare Birds Tour Schedule

Week One:

1/23/2023YA Books Central
1/24/2023Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers 
1/26/2023A Blue Box Full of Books

Week Two:


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