BIRD by Angela Johnson
Kirkus Star

BIRD

Age Range: 10 - 13

KIRKUS REVIEW

Bird confronts friendship, family, and human limitations in this poignant tale. Thirteen-year-old Bird has run away from her Ohio home to search for her vanished stepfather. Hiding in a shed in Acorn, Alabama, Bird dances by moonlight and tries not to be too lonely. She can’t help but get involved with the people she meets: Ethan, a boy whose life was saved by a heart transplant; Jay, whose brother died suddenly; and old Mrs. Pritchard, who used to bake peach cobbler before she lost her husband. Bird covetously observes the happy families of Acorn, but doesn’t see that everyone has grief and tragedies to bear. Told through the alternating voices of Bird, Jay, and Ethan, this moving journey follows four lonely people as they touch each other’s lives. A lovely and sad glimpse of individuals caring for one another in an imperfect world. (Fiction. 10-13)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-8037-2847-6
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2004




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