The House of Wings
By Betsy Byars
This chapter book tells the story of a ten-year-old boy named Sammy whose parents leave him with his grandfather in West Virginia so they can try to make a fresh start in Indiana. The grandfather is gruff and only seems to care for the wild birds who pass through the mountains. Sammy wants to run away, but a hurt crane needing his attention convinces him to stay and learn more about birds and his quiet grandfather.