Written by WENDY DREXLER AND JOAN FLEISS KAPLAN, this picture book is a compelling nonfiction nature story for children ages 5 through 11. It recounts the saga of a widely watched pair of red-tailed hawks who raised and fledged three chicks from the fourth-floor ledge of an office building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2010. Buzz, Ruby, and Their City Chicks also features an update on Buzz and Ruby—and the challenges urban hawks face—written by Paul M. Roberts, hawk expert and the director of the Hawk Migration Association of North America. A final section, two pages of discussion questions entitled What’s the Buzz? encourages young readers to think more deeply about hawks and to compare hawk behaviors with those of humans and other inhabitants of the natural world.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.