Don’t Feed the Boy by Irene Latham – Giveaway

| October 18, 2012 | 3 Comments

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 18, 2012

Enter to win a copy of Irene Latham‘ s Don’t Feed the Boy.

An exploration of friendship for animal lovers and everyone else!

Giveaway begins October 18, 2012, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends November 17, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 8 and up

Hardcover: 288 pages


No kid knows more about zoo life than Whit. That’s because he sleeps, eats and even attends home-school at the Meadowbrook Zoo. It’s one of the perks of having a mother who’s the zoo director and a father who’s the head elephant keeper. Now that he’s eleven, Whit feels trapped by the rules and routine of zoo life. With so many exotic animals, it’s easy to get overlooked. But when Whit notices a mysterious girl who visits every day to draw the birds, suddenly the zoo becomes much more interesting. Who is the Bird Girl? And why does she come by herself to the zoo?

Determined to gain her trust, Whit takes the Bird Girl on his own personal tour of the zoo. He shows her his favorite animals and what happens with them behind the scenes. For Whit, having a friend his own age that he can talk to is an exciting new experience. For Stella the Bird Girl, the zoo and Whit are a necessary escape from her chaotic home life. Together they take risks in order to determine where it is they each belong. But when Stella asks Whit for an important and potentially dangerous favor, Whit discovers how complicated friendship and freedom can be.

Whit and Stella in Don’t Feed the Boy
Illustration copyright © 2012 by Stephanie Graegin

About the Author

Irene Latham is a poet and novelist who lives and writes in Birmingham, Alabama. Her debut novel Leaving Gee’s Bend was named a Bank Street College Best Book, a SIBA finalist, a Crystal Kite Finalist and ALLA’s Children’s Book of the Year. As a child she dreamed of being a zoo veterinarian and even trained as a teenage zoo volunteer. All it took was observing one surgery to convince her that perhaps she’d better just write about the animals instead. Visit her at

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About the Contributor ()

The Children’s Book Review, named one of the ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Great Web Sites for Kids, is powered by Bianca Schulze. Bianca is a freelance writer, bookseller, aspiring author, and mother to two daughters. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, her goal is to grow readers by showcasing useful and inspiring books!

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  1. Melody says:

    Illustrations in this book look Awesome!

  2. Congratulations to Betty Ramsey! You’re copy of Don’t Feed the Boy will be on its way to you very soon. Enjoy!

  3. Miciellecarter says:

    To be so young and dream the dreams.

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