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Books by Mari

Raising a Phoenyx

A book written by Mari, inspired by her son, Phoenyx, who has severe nonverbal autism.

Phoenyx is no ordinary bird. While his friends cheep, squawk or coo roo-c'too-coo, Phoenyx communicates in the way that comes naturally to him: flapping and flapping and letting out a mysterious caw. An old woman tricks Phoenyx into a life of safety and protection in a rickety cage, repeating after her like Parrot, in exchange for his freedom and ability to fly. Phoenyx begins to wilt, losing the colorful plumes and happy flapping that makes him so unique. Will Phoenyx be doomed to rust away in a cage, or will he fly free, like the mystical, magnificent bird he is?

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