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Ten years ago, an impossible thing happened: a flock of pigeons picked up a human baby who had been abandoned in an empty lot and carried her, bundled in blankets, to their roof. Coo has lived her entire life on the rooftop with the pigeons who saved her. It's the only home she's ever known.

But then a hawk nearly kills Burr, the pigeon she loves most, and leaves him
Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Greenwillow Books
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    Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    It's such a sweet story. I loved getting to lose myself in Coo's world. I would recommend this book to any middle-grade reader, and to any adult, for that matter. I think Coo is something that people of all ages can enjoy and learn from, and I hope that's exactly what happens.
    Stacy Hackney
    Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely loved this unique and beautiful story.

    COO is about a young girl raised by a flock of pigeons. Coo (the main character) has never left the roof where she lives with her pigeons until one of her flock is injured and she must find her way into the human world to save her friend. Noel's realistic depiction of Coo's journey to trusting other humans and finding her voice is a joy to read. The concept of a girl raised by pigeons on a roof in New York City feels utterly real in Noel's
    Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Coo was one of the most beautiful MG reads I've read this year! I honestly can't stop gushing about this book, and I've added this to my list of all-time fave MG reads. I had zero expectations when I started reading this, but deep down, I knew I would connect to this story. The first thing I should mention is that there are parts of the story that read as completely unbelievable, for example, a dozen pigeons carrying a baby with a blanket from the street to a building rooftop, and then that baby ...more
    Erin Kelly
    Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I love this book so much!
    "Coo" is not just something a pigeon says-- it's also the name of a girl raised by a flock of them. Abandoned as a baby, these feathered friends took her to their rooftop, where she's lived the past eleven years. When her favorite pigeon, Burr, is injured, she leaves the roof in search of help; rumor has it there's a lady who helps sick pigeons. Coo is then thrust into the human world, with a language and customs that she knows nothing about. The pigeon healer, Tully, takes Coo under her wing, ...more
    Terri M.
    What a great start to 2o2o!

    Coo is a delightful uplifting read. (Yes, you do need to suspend your belief a bit, but it is worth it.) As a middle grade novel, it hits all right notes. I loved Coo and her amazing world. This book made me smile a lot.

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
    Ms. Yingling
    Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

    Coo was abandoned by her mother as a newborn, and a flock of pigeons concerned for her safety flew her off to their abandoned dovecote on the roof of a building and cared for her. They fed her doughnuts and found plastic bags and newspapers to keep her clothed and warm. She can talk to the pigeons, and is especially fond of Burr. When Burr is injured, she goes down from the roof to seek out Tully, a retired postal worker who frequents the area, feeding the pigeons
    Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    High above on a New York City rooftop, you’ll find the home of a flock of pigeons and their featherless friend. Kaela Noel’s COO, releasing 3/3/20, is an urban fantasy full of heart and hope that will have your imagination take flight. With evocative narration, I easily pictured the dovecote Coo has lived in ever since Burr and his flock found her abandoned as an infant on the street below. For ten years, Coo has had no human interaction, speaking only in pigeon, and relied on Burr and the ...more
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for an eARC of this book.

    It's taken me several weeks to process this book and write a review as I generally struggle with anthropomorphic characters, but it has stuck with me all that time, and it's one that often comes to mind when I think about the 2020 debut releases I've read.

    Coo is a story with a unique premise about a girl who is raised by pigeons on the roof of a building until she is discovered by a woman named Tully when she seeks help for her
    Katie Reilley
    Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing an early edition with our #bookexpedition group.

    Ten year old Coo is living on a rooftop in a dovecote with her family, a pigeon flock who carried her there when she was abandoned in an empty lot as a baby. Things have not been easy. Food is difficult to come by, and winters are very harsh. But it’s the only life Coo’s ever known, until her favorite pigeon named Burr becomes injured by a hawk. The flock convinces Coo to take her first trip to the
    Justine Ridder
    2.5 stars

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    Coo's mother left her at the doorstep during a storm. A flock of pigeons decided to save her and together flew her on top of a rooftop. There she lived for almost a decade living off scraps of food the pigeons would bring her. She used plastic bags as a romper and shoes. She spoke pigeon, so she could communicate with them. First of all, this book was so unrealistic. I couldn't get past it. A child would never survive in such conditions. The reason she climbed down
    Travess Smalley
    Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Coo is a marvelous book, and I'm so proud to be married to the author. I've watched my wife work on it for many years and I am so excited that now others can read this incredible story about a very unusual girl finding her family, home, and place in the world. Coo is at once a fantastical book but also incredibly comforting and familiar in a classic way. It’s been through so many changes, big and small, and I’m so proud of her for writing it, crafting it, into something truly wonderful. I highly ...more
    Bonnie Grover
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This book was a little far fetched, I mean really a flock of pigeons saving a baby? They manage to carry baby Coo to a rooftop and feed her all sorts of deliciousness from the dumpster. Somehow she lives the life of a pigeon for 10 years. That being said I got sucked into it’s charm and fell in love with Coo. When disaster strikes, Coo is forced from the rooftop and meets Tully. Together Coo, Tully and her pigeon friends must find a way to navigate the complex world of humans and danger. A great ...more
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This was a delightful, and surprising book by first time novelist Kaela Noel. The characters both human and pigeon were wonderfully developed. The story has a very satisfying push to the well thought out and depicted conclusion. A very, very good read for young and old. I will remember Coo, Burr and even Roohoo for quite a long time smiling
    Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This is a unique story about ten-year-old girl who has been raised by pigeons her entire life. In order to help one of the pigeons in her flock, she must venture into the human world. As Coo finds family and friends beyond her flock of pigeons, she learns about life as a human. This is a hopeful story about family, love and loyalty.
    I received this book from the author for the ARC-sharing group, the Lit Review Crew.

    What I loved:
    -the unique storyline of Coo, a girl raised by pigeons
    -Tully, such a beautiful character full of love
    -character development with Coo
    -description of the city
    -such tension in the last 3/4 of the book

    Overall, it was a wonderful read. I look forward to reading more by Noel!
    Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2019, middle-years
    [ARC] Required more suspension of disbelief than I wanted to give it, and the writing felt a little too simplistic. (And despite a whole book romanticizing them, I still think pigeons are yucky birds. But that's just me ) ...more
    Rick Buttafogo
    Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Cute. Kids will love it and maybe some of us humans will even begin to love pigeons.
    Margaret Lembo
    I loved this book. It's YA novel and I loved reading it at 62!
    Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This book was really enjoyable I am excited for other people to read it when it hits the stores!
    Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
    Odd but sweet
    Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
    Sweet. Good for kids who like animals.

    Apparently pigeons sound just like Yoda. Who knew?
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