Bird - Crystal Chan (Hardcover)

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28 Jan 2014
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Crystal Chan
Simon & Schuster
Number of Pages
216 x 146 x 25mm (386g)


Jewel was born on the day her brother Bird died and lives in a house of silence and secrets, but a new boy in her Iowa town may help find the answers Jewel wants despite her grandfather's warning that he is a malevolent spirit.


Entrenched secrets, mysterious spirits, and an astonishing friendship weave together in this extraordinary and haunting debut.

Nothing matters. Only Bird matters. And he flew away.

Jewel never knew her brother Bird, but all her life she has lived in his shadow. Her parents blame Grandpa for the tragedy of their family&;s past; they say that Grandpa attracted a malevolent spirit&;a duppy&;into their home. Grandpa hasn&;t spoken a word since. Now Jewel is twelve, and she lives in a house full of secrets and impenetrable silence.

Jewel is sure that no one will ever love her like they loved Bird, until the night that she meets a mysterious boy in a tree. Grandpa is convinced that the boy is a duppy, but Jewel knows that he is something more. And that maybe&;just maybe&;the time has come to break through the stagnant silence of the past.

Juvenile Fiction

General Subject
Juvenile Grades 4-6 Ages 9-11
BISAC Subject 1
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Siblings
BISAC Subject 2
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Multigenerational
BISAC Subject 3
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Friendship
Library Subject 1
Superstition; Fiction.
Library Subject 2
Grief; Fiction.
Library Subject 3
Family problems; Fiction.
Academic Subject 1
Children's Fiction / General
Dewey Classification

Author Bio

Chan, Crystal: - Crystal Chan watched with amazement at the exotic zoo outbreak in Zanesville, Ohio in 2011, where scores of animals--hungry lions, panthers, and tigers--ran loose around the county. That incident helped inspire her most recent novel, All That I Can Fix. When Crystal isn't writing, her passion is giving diversity talks to adults and kids alike, telling stories on Wisconsin Public Radio, and hosting conversations on social media. Her debut novel, Bird, was published in nine countries and is available on audiobook in the US. She is the parent of a teenage turtle (not a ninja).