Adolescence is a monster that lurks in the dreams of parents. It’s a strange new world to children and they never see coming. It’s the time of life when a world that never changes is thrown upside down. Yet, it affects more than the adolescent. It can impact families as a whole, such as the owl family shown in Larry Shles’ book, Aliens in My Nest. Squib the little owl, comes home to find his loving brother Andrew gone. Instead, it appears he has changed into a strange new creature with bumps on his beak, and clumpy feathers. His temper is short and he doesn’t appear to love his parents or brother. In response, their parents are at the ends of their ropes, and they even take Andrew to be diagnosed with owlescence, a play on adolescence. The cure is a list of words that everyone seems to forget. What has happened to Squib’s loving family?
As the story goes on, the reader begins to hear Andrew’s own problems. He’s tired of being the perfect little brother, and everything seems to have changed. Squib and his parents aren’t the only ones who are confused. Andrew is also struggling, alt...
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