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Twelve-year-old Jewel never knew her brother, but all her life she has lived in his shadow. Then one night, on her birthday, she finds a mysterious boy sitting in her oak tree. His name is John. And he changes everything.

Product Details

Barcode
9781848531239
Department
Books
Released
30 Jan 2014
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Crystal Chan
Binding
Hardback
Publisher
Random House Children's Publishers UK
Language
English
Number of Pages
416
Dimensions
185 x 128 x 35mm (416g)

Summary

'Grandpa stopped speaking the day he killed my brother, John. His name was John until Grandpa said he looked more like a Bird with the way he kept jumping off things, and the name stuck. Bird's thick, black hair poked out in every direction, just like the head feathers of the blackbirds, Grandpa said, and he bet that one day Bird would fly like one too. Grandpa kept talking like that, and no one paid him much notice until Bird jumped off a cliff, the cliff at the edge of the tallgrass prairie, the cliff that dropped a good couple hundred feet to a dried-up riverbed below. From that day on, Grandpa never spoke another word. Not one. The day that Bird tried to fly, the grown-ups were out looking for him - all of them except Mom and Granny. That's because that very day, I was born.' Twelve-year-old Jewel never knew her brother, but all her life she has lived in his shadow. Then one night, on her birthday, she finds a mysterious boy sitting in her oak tree. His name is John. And he changes everything.

Juvenile Fiction

General Subject
Children's Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Friendship
BISAC Subject 2
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Death & Dying
BISAC Subject 3
Juvenile Fiction / Family / General (see also headings under Social Issues)
BIC Classification 1
Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)
BIC Classification 2
Personal & social issues: family issues (Children's / Teenage)
Dewey Classification
813.6
Readership
Children's (6-12)

Author Bio

Crystal Chan grew up as a mixed-race kid in the middle of the Wisconsin cornfields and has been trying to find her place in the world ever since. She has published articles in several magazines, given talks and workshops across the country, facilitated discussion groups at national conferences, and been a professional storyteller for children and adults alike. In Chicago, where Crystal now lives, you will find her biking along the city streets and talking to her pet turtle. Bird is her first novel.