The Birds meets The Princess Bride in this tale of friendship, responsibility, and the primal force of nature.
“Murder owls are extreme,” Jude said. “What’s more extreme than murder owls?”
Madigan Purdy is stuck in her home town library.
When tens of thousands of owls descend on the building, rending and tearing at anyone foolish enough to step outside, Mad is tasked with keeping her students safe, and distracted, while they seek a solution to their dilemma.
Perhaps they’ll find the inspiration they seek in her favorite childhood book, The Silent Queen….
With food and fresh water in low supply, the denizens of the library will have to find a way out, and soon, but the owls don’t seem to be in a hurry to leave…
The Parliament is a story of grief and missed opportunities, but also of courage and hope.
And of extremely sharp beaks.
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Pokwatka (Self=Portrait with Nothing) delivers a nail-biting fantasy thriller that bounces back and forth between an all-too-familiar scene of children and adults sheltering in place in a public library and their distraction during this time of crisis: a children's novel called The Silent Queen. It's not the threat of gun violence that they're hiding from, however, but an attack of "murder owls," an enormous swarm known to tear through barriers of clothing and into flesh. Among the trapped is chemist Madigan Purdy, who had been volunteering to teach a children's science class and is unnervingly reminded of her own childhood experience of a school shooting. Now, as the adult in charge, she must turn her efforts to protecting her students. Excerpts from The Silent Queen, which Megan reads to calm the children, provide a necessary respite from the unrelenting tension. Pokwatka manages both a unique exploration of the effects of trauma, especially on children, and a thoroughly moving portrayal of the power of solidarity in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, combined with a healthy dose of rage at the lack of care and effort on the part of the government to combat gun violence. The result is a suspenseful and gripping argument for change.