Karl Wolf-Morgenländer: Ragtag by Karl Wolf-Morgenländer

L they kill little birds for fun but there s no mention of them ever eating their prey because gosh I guess that s too violent and gruesomeI also ave the sneaking suspicion that the author didn t do any real research at all about birds Pigeons and swallows fly very different from sparrowhawks and falcons because of the difference in the size and shape of their bodies and wings but you d think that every little bird is the cheetah of the skies the way they outfly and outmaneuver the raptors Not to mention all the times when oh noes the raptors miss the little birds by a talon length and instead just shear off some tail feathers Tail feathers are vital to the way a bird flies and losing one so violently in midflight is bound to Goethean Science have conseuences on their aerial capabilities All right enough I didn t need or reuire exhaustive encyclopedic descriptions of aerial avian maneuverability but I m no expert and even I know this and when you re presenting a book about birds as birds I expect them to ACT like birds These don t Theyop and fly and that s about all the birdness they display There was even a point where some city birds are captured and are beginning to starve because their raptor captors promised to bring them berries to feed them Excuse me BERRIES Really In the middle of Boston these little sparrows and pigeons and cardinals expect the raptors to bring them BERRIES as if BERRIES are an easily obtainable staple of their everyday dietAHEM Anyway yes 1 star for being boring way too padded with dialogue and worst of all claiming to be epic tale of bird VS bird warfare I read this book since my younger brother owns it It s simplistic vocabulary is for the younger generation and I enjoyed it for a simple uick reading I don t see the point in rating it based on other mature books since it was written for the teens and below Besides my brother really enjoyed reading it Ragtag is a swallow living in Boston His mother is the representative of the swallows to the city wide bird government The Feathered Alliance The city is being attacked by the Raptors an alliance of falcons Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! hawks and other meat eating birds Thisas a good cover although I wish it was just a touch lighter and it s a good readalike for the animal adventure genre Warriors series Oppel s Silverwing series Personally it s not my genre I m not really into blood spillage I wish the characterizations were a bit deeper the plot s a bit predictable the writing isn t that great But those aren t generally the things that kids will worry about and my uibbles are slight It s good just not awesome Recommend to fans of The Guardians of GaHoole and Warriors series The battles between the Feathered Alliance and the Bird of Prey are fast paced Ragtag is a young sparrow who is continuously ignored and put down so is somewhat withdrawn from the politics and old ways of the Feathered Alliance but demonstrates Digital Crossroads his leadership and ingenuity ase attempts to save the city of Boston from being taken over by raptorsI love the Tors Soon the Talon Empire and the Feathered Alliance are at war and as the battle ensues an unlikely ero emerges to defend is ome a young swallow named Ragtag.

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I picked up this book thinking it would be a cheesy okay read to pass the time but once I started reading it I found out that I was pleasantly surprised Of course depending on what your expectations are for what makes an enjoyable read your mileage may varyThis book is about a bird war The basic premise is that there is a bird alliance of city birds sparrows pigeons crows etc who suddenly find their territory contested by a group of predatory birds awks falcons etc who How to Negotiate Your First Job have been displaced from their forestome by uman ex Man I was so excited about this book when I saw the cover but there is reason they tell you not to judge a book that way The plot is fine a tiny swallow ends up being the key figure in a a war between Boston s songbirds and an invading group of raptors The book flap describes it as a re imagining of the classic ero story set in the city of BostonWhat went wrong First of all I think I can count on two Perfect Justice (Ben Kencaid, hands the number of adjectives in the book Everything is driven by dialogue with some action thrown in between I think it s trying to be fast paced but it just comes across as lacking For a book with all birds as characters we learn very little about the types of birds portrayed There are pictures of the different types of birds at theead of each chapter but no key to the pictures and no descriptions within the book If you don t already know what they all look like you are going to The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore have to find out for yourselfLastly the names just drove me crazy Half of them a taken from Norse mythology andalf are just random words or a combination of lettersif you know a kid already obsessed with birds this is probably a great book but otherwise it s for the birds Yuk yuk WOW Just WowSo We Suggestions for Marketing Small Timber have Boston as the setting for an epic feathered battle a whole flock of characters and loads of problems being thrown at our feathery friends When the Talon Empire is forced from theiromes they decide to move to the city where the Feathered Alliance New Exploration had kept to themselves so far but the two groups can t seem to be able to live together peacefully Ragtag a plucky little Swallow thinkse knows The Shaping of Western Civilization how toelp but no one seems willing to listen Now it s up to one little Swallow to save the city from the Talon Empire if only the others would listen The book being a lethal combination of poor research insulting language and pretentious plot was one I could not finishhttppussrebootscomblog2018comm Ragtag is a young swallow who belongs to the Feathered Alliance a group of various birds dedicated to living in peace in the city of Boston When a large group of strong evil birds members of the Talon Empire are forced to leave their omes due to uman destruction of their land they decide to take over Boston If the Feathered Alliance does not surrender to the Talon Empire they are told they will be killedbut surrender is not an option for the Feathered Alliance They bravely decide to face the Talon Empire to fight for their freedomBecause the Feathered Alliance is made up of swallo. Warring birds battle over the city of Boston in an action packed fantasyIn this engrossing story for older middle graders The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles hundreds of birds of preyave been driv.

Ws pigeons mockingbirds and other small birds they know that it s not going to be easy to defeat the Talon Empire which is made up of Medicine and Religion hawks falcons ospreys and When the Feathered Alliance s leader is killed Ragtag canardly believe that other members look to The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, him to take over especially whene was once viewed as an outcast Will Valentino he be able to lead the alliance to victoryThis is a story full of suspense that is told entirely from Ragtag s perspective Readers are right along withim as e flies through the air and through the Boston Public Library and fights other birds Suggest this book to anyone who enjoys animals and a good battle The birds who live in the city of Boston are under seige An empire of falcons awks and other raptors are advancing from the west Nothing stands in their way except a small swallow named Ragtag who is an outcast among the city birds It s only when Ragtag discovers and Shunned helps an injured eagle that the city birds realize theyave a chance But the eagle vanishes forcing Ragtag and Craving (Willow Creek, his friends to go on a uest to find the onlyope of saving their city This is a very fast read with nicely defined characters This book Oba, the Last Samurai had neithereart nor soul and would Yonen Buzz, Volume 1 (Yonen Buzz, have been onlyalf as long if it adn t been padded to death with boring dialogue I mean COME ON I know where the stupid birds are going already and what they re doing I don t need them endlessly talking back and forth at each other about ow they re going to go The Wood Demon here and do this and while they re on the way there they talk about where they re going and why and when they get there they talk about why they re there The ENTIRE BOOK is like thisNot to mention that all of the characters from Ragtag the protagnist to Tattler the side character and even the evil birds of prey aren t even two dimensional They re one dimensional They re not even cardboard Ragtag is supposed to be the plucky rebellious slightly foolish young bird who succeeds against all odds but insteade s just an annoyingly stupid little birdThere s no real plot The evil birds are coming Oh no The Feathered Alliance will be broken because the evil raptors are going to enslave them allAnd therein lies the biggest problem of this book The birds don t really act like birds I can buy that all the non raptor citybirds formed an alliance to look out for each other fine with some interclan scuffles But I just can t buy that solitary and territorial birds of prey all form the Talon Empire and allow themselves to be ruled by an osprey forming an army big enough to wipe out Boston s entire bird population in the course of a few daysIt s as though the author wanted to write epic battles like Brian Jacues Redwall series but wanted to preserve the birds as birds like the rabbits in Watership Down instead of First Shapes having them carry weapons and wear clothes with the end result that this book is a morass of boring dialogue in lieu of scene setting or plot with random birds that don t even display proper birdlike behavior ie the evil raptors are so evi. En out of the Berkshires by encroachinguman development They ead toward Boston which is already occupied by the birds of the city but that won’t stop the rap.

Karl Wolf Morgenlander divides his time between Boston and Los Angeles RAGTAG is his first book