I forgot about this submission for the story marathon. As the title suggests the subject matter might be a little macabre but I think it’s okay. Some of the best children’s books deal with mortal peril: Lion and the Mouse, Three Billy Goats Gruff and the spider and the fly among many others.
I really like the idea of the juxtaposition of fantastic science fiction with the mundane patterns of school.
This is obviously autobiographical.
I like the idea of this story and will probably flesh it out more in the future. I think a family migration of Western Tanagers seen through the prism of a family road trip could be fun and entertaining. Enjoy!