True companionship means defying obstacles that may threaten to destroy it. For three best friends, the final days before summer break put their allegiances to the ultimate test in this coming out of age tale.
Set in 1990s Southern California, "Birds on a Wire" explores the complexities of courage and secrets amongst three teenage boys - sons of Mexican immigrants, a generation of house painters and a single mom - as they head toward a heated confrontation.
During the final seventy-two hours of junior year, Miguel wrestles with a decision to tell Jesse about his girlfriend's indiscretions while he harbors his own escapades from years prior.
Matt spies Ruby and Nate sharing a kiss in the library, and Ruby lets Matt know what she saw between him and the star boys' basketball player.
Jesse knows about Ruby, and he's handling it with his uncle's drugs.
Hoping to deflect Jesse's anger, Ruby tells him and Miguel all about Matt's encounter at the library. The two friends must come to terms with their own judgments and prejudices about love, friendship and loyalty.
Ultimately, someone will die, someone's dream will end, and a new secret will spill out that threatens to break a bond forever.
"Birds on a Wire" takes the reader on a journey inside the passionate and self-doubting hearts of teenage boys.
It explores the challenging path boys take into manhood and suggests how far each might go to protect the ones he loves.
Birds on a Wire by Ellen Plotkin Mulholland
Fiction, Young Adult, Ages 13 & Up
Format: Paperback, 5.25x8
Publication Date: October 2013
List Price: $10.95
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