As an educator, I have seen students struggle with some pretty complex issues. Racism, bullying, fear, intolerance, prejudice, racial and social injustice, belonging, resilience, determination, persistence, kindness and so many other issues overwhelm young people. I wanted to write a story that takes non-traditional characters to express complex themes in a way that is relatable to young people. I believe what I have created is a timeless story to be enjoyed by people of all ages. If you look like a duck, swim like a duck, and quack like a duck. . . YOU CAN STILL SOAR WITH THE EAGLES!