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ENVIRONMENTAL FICTION

Trying to make sense of humanity’s quirky and often devastating behaviors, birds formed a religion complete with mythology, lore and fissured beliefs.

“This is dangerous territory you place your wings in, my starling friend,” the goldfinch lowered his voice. “I feel something strange in the air ever since you came here. You aren’t usual, and there is an
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Paperback, First, 274 pages
Published February 2014 by Forestry Press
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C.W. Thomas
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The Starling God" is a brilliantly crafted reminder that we share this world with a great number of species and that in whatever ways we are all connected we are exactly that... connected. And that is no small truth, rather it is an important part of daily living that is—as the book suggests—a potentially dangerous thing to forget.

The story is quite unique for a novel in that the main character is a bird, a little starling who sets out to learn the truth about this connection after being told
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Tweedledum
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
a bird's eye view?

Tanya Sousa explores the idea "what if birds were capable of higher thought and critical thinking.... How would they interpret the world and human activity? " Through the eyes of young Slan , an orphan starling chick raised by a woman - God Flower- , we are taken on a fantastic journey of discovery. What Slan learns and what he decides to do about it make for a compelling read.
Darryl Duffe
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I previewed the draft manuscript of this book and this is what I took away from the experience.

"The Starling God", by Tanya Sousa, begins with an urgent dramatic scene in which the main character, a lone surviving starling nestling is rescued from repairmen fixing a hole in the eaves of a building and have cast the baby birds out of the nest considering the starling species to be an invasive nuisance. The young bird is saved and nurtured by a kind empathetic human female (not unlike Sousa
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Andree Sanborn
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, kindle, july
I am not usually a fan of books with talking animals (I've never read Watership Down). However, the theme that I saw unfolding in The Starling God compelled me to continue reading.

The Starling God is a fable and it tells of the evolution of Christian thought. There are birds who blindly believe in the theology of the birds, birds who quietly question the belief of damnation and divine punishment for their sins, and even birds who anticipate the coming of the Messiah. This Messiah does come — in
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Mom
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Book Club Book for All Ages
It has been several weeks since I read Tanya Sousa’s book, The Starling God. Her message and story does not fade as time passes if anything it grows and prompts continual reflection. Why do writers’ write, and why do readers read? Writers write because they have something they want to share. As a reader I like to learn and to enjoy the journey that is within the book. The Starling God provides both many lessons and a great journey through the lens of SL’an – the
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Jacob Grant
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"The Starling God" is a brilliantly crafted reminder that we share this world with a great number of species and that in whatever ways we are all connected we are just that... connected. And that is no small truth, rather it is an important part of daily living that is—as the book suggests—a potentially dangerous thing to forget.

The story follows a little starling bird who sets out to learn the truth about this connection after being told he is "The Starling God," a bird destined to help other
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Joyce
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think that this Book is sensational in that it relates to our Loving Species our Starlings who are gifted with their flights across our sky, forming shapes and flowing with the wind..This Book and it's Author brings out something very important to think about and that is not only that we are all connected and that if we think about it all of our Birds and all animals have a personal life..a Life of Heart/Mind and Soul and not just a Cow on a Hill or a bird in a tree or in flight...They all ...more
Amanda
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This book was won in a First Reads giveaway.

I'm terrible at writing reviews, but will say that this was an excellent read. Definitely worth the 5 stars. It's an intriguing story about the way birds see the world and how all beings are connected. Also, the cover design is lovely. I look forward to reading more books like this by Ms. Sousa.
Janet Heartson
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tanya Sousa has revealed to us a world that needs to be seen and understood. We need to learn to respect and even love the value of each species. This peek inside the cultures of birds encourages us to see birds as loving communities that deserve our support. Integral to our need to take care of the earth as that which supports us, we need to see all living things as the miracles they are. I found this book painful to read at times because of my guilt over our inhumane behavior. This is thought ...more
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Tanya grew up in Northern Vermont and spent her childhood searching for partridge eggs, catching frogs, and taking sojourns with the family dog. She turned nearly every school assignment into a chance to write a story and had to be pulled away from reading time – the books of course being animal-related tales.
She holds a BFA in Writing and was a licensed Guidance Counselor for years; most of her
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