Mack, Tracy. Birdland.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

Scholastic. 208p. c2003.0-439-53590-5. $16.95. J*

Jed and his best friend Flyer are filming a documentary of their neighborhood, New York City's East Village, for an English assignment over Christmas break. Thirteen-year-old Jed is mourning the death of his older brother, Zeke, a fan of Charlie "Bird" Parker, who died six months ago of diabetes. He seeks out street images that illustrate Zeke's poems, jazz-like riffs on the "mad tea party" that surrounds them. When Jed meets a homeless girl who seems to have some connection to Zeke, he does his best to help her, and in the process...

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