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Duckling

A duck unlike other ducks, a raincloud-duck, with the heart of a lion, strikes out into the world on her own.

On the farm, some eggs are hatching. A flock of sweet ducklings are popping out but one duckling looks different from all the others.Kamila Shamsie retells The Ugly Duckling with great empathy and a warm heart. Cast out and all alone, the odd duckling will need all her bravery and curiosity to survive. Her journey is a search for belonging, but what she finds is the right to be different.

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  • “[A] moving, poetic tale [that] celebrates an outsider's adventurous spirit in a world that's quick to judge.”— Eithne Farry, Sunday Express

  • “This magical fable of courage and difference continues after Hans Christian Andersen’s original tale leaves off… This story asks young readers to think about complexity—both of belonging and of how unkindness and forgiveness are possible.”—Kirkus

  • “[T]he work itself dares to be different and should be applauded for the effort.” —School Library Connection