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Mason Wilson & The Dead Bird Debacle [Kindle Edition]

M.P. Jones
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Is Mason Wilson just another wimpy kid? Wimps don't embark on an unauthorized night-time trip to a strange, old factory; he'll do anything to stop his penniless family being thrown out of their home.

There's a mystery to solve to win the grand prize - if you hardly ever find dead birds lying around, why are whole flocks of them starting to fall from the sky all over the place? Does the Bible really say that it’s a sign of the end of the world?

Mason uncovers some gross goings-on and plans that will change the world for ever. Should he do the right thing and try and stop them? He’ll lose an opportunity of a lifetime if he does; still, when his parents find out he's gone missing, that will be the least of his worries!

A quirky adventure-mystery for 9-12's that the whole family can enjoy.

(Previously published as "They Shoot Birds, Don't They?)

Amazon Review: “I have never read a novel quite like this - it is absolutely original and bizarre in many respects but well written in an engaging, pleasing style.”

Amazon Review: “Didn't take me long to read this book as it grabbed me right at the beginning…this is a great read for children and also adults too who fancy a bit of light reading. Found it to be very informative as well. Good book - good buy.”

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About the Author

M.P. Jones was raised in the town of Leigh in Lancashire, England but has lived in Toronto, Canada for the past twelve years. Although a Medieval History graduate, he is a Chartered Accountant by day and author by night. His writing influences include Enid Blyton, Anthony Buckeridge, Roald Dahl, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, David Eddings and C.J. Sansom amongst others.

Product Details

  • File Size: 636 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1493755668
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hayden Press; 2 edition (November 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! January 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
They Shoot Birds Don't They? has what every kid is looking for, gross stuff like pee and poop and a lot of intrigue. Really, what does happen to birds when they die?

This book is entertaining, educational, and has a serious adult problem that a young boy helps solve. And of course, there is mystery and a good sidekick to help Mason, the main character, along the way. Written in clear and fun language, They Shoot Birds Don't They?, is a wholesome yet nail-biting alternative to the mind-numbing media offered to our youth today.

Do something with your family tonight, read this out loud!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This book took me back to childhood--a period of time dominated by an enquiring mind, the liveliness of family and friends with whom shared experiences recounted many stories of human passions that nurture, strengthen and build the child as adult. The child is always father or mother of the man/woman and experiences that teach and enrich the child surely make for a better society and a more progressive world. I wish all children everywhere had access to this book. On one level, it's an adventure. On another level, it's merely a school assignment explored with the intent of getting a good grade. On another level it's the hope of a child to win a competition to help out his family in dire economic straits; on another level it speaks to the beauty of friendship and familial relationships; yet on another level it's about the curiosity of the human mind about the simple things we take for granted or close our eyes to because the issue is so noncontentious or inconsequential that we may as well be blind to it. We know what happens to people when they die--there's a funeral, a memorial, a tribute, a burial, or a cremation, or a burning on the funeral pyre or whatever depending on religious/cultural preference. But, what happens to birds when they die? The exploration of this question was not only educational but mentally stimulating to the extent that it was easy as pie to throw oneself into the young protagonist's circumstances and become a child again exploring the unknown. Mase and Ollie as well as the other characters in this story are credible, including pastor Arnold with his Biblical take on what happens to birds when they die, even if his contribution is a red herring. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and Fun January 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't sure quite what to expect from "They Shoot Birds, Don't They?". Not many people can pull of Christian fiction, and most in the genre end up being dull and boring. Not so with this book. While the book is slightly geared more toward a younger audience, it is a fascinating and fun read for all ages.

The main character in the book, young Mason, is trying to solve the mystery of dead birds for a school project and comes across many different theories, including a rather humorous story about a group of penguins that practically had me rolling out of my chair in laughter. It was so funny that I immediately had to go read it to my family.

The author pulls from real life situations during the course of the mystery, including the phenomena of large numbers of birds falling from the skies over the last few years, a couple real companies with supposed secrets, and a biblical count of the end of days. There is truly something for everyone here.

"They Shoot Birds, Don't They?" is very well written and fun, and I'm not sure that I've ever read anything quite like it. Kudos to the author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read December 17, 2012
By Liz
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is about a young boy's adventure, and some adventure it is, while researching for a class assignment. Although it seemed to be for a younger person, I enjoyed it even though I am far from being young. Also, it is a good thing in today's society to find something interesting to read without having undesired situations and language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book November 17, 2014
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This book is a great book for children to read on their own but even better to be shared with the whole family. Filled with wonderful lessons and an educational approach to literature that is put together in an entertaining way, this book will help with the development of your child without them even realising it is happening.
M.P Jones manages to write an engaging piece that is a refreshing alternative to books about vampires and zombies as well as the twenty minute pieces of dross that pass for children’s television.
This book is wonderfully layered as well that makes it a complex tale without being set too far above the heads of most children. The setting of exploration follows the well-worn and beloved detective format, knowing something of what happens to people when they die but what about birds?
The added Christian aspect to it is really well done with the character of Pastor Arnold engaging with the characters of Ollie and Mase on their level. The way that the characters are developed is refreshing for a children’s book as well. Rather than two-dimensional creations that act as plot devices, these characters, even the minor ones, are beautifully crafted so that they stand out as individuals.
The plot is stimulating from the start and is easy for children to follow without getting lost whilst still being challenging. Christian fiction can be dull and dry with the emphasis being placed upon the theological aspect however Mason Wilson and the Dead Bird Debacle approaches the challenge of writing in this genre from a creative standpoint that is funny, and practically applicable to any child, making it easy for anyone to relate to.
This book is truly a unique creation not only in Children’s fiction but also in the Christian fiction genre and perfect for any parent to get for their child.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars cute fun read
This was a cute and fun read for me and my son. We read it together at night before bedtime. We both really enjoyed the characters, and the story line. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good quick read
Published 1 month ago by MelPH
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!
This book was such a great read! A real witty story inspired by some other great books I've read. The main question in the story is asked by a 12 year old named Mason: Where do... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Colleen Torrans
5.0 out of 5 stars ♥ Weird and Wonderful ♥
I am eight years old and I really liked reading this book. This book is about a 12 year old boy named Mason. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Caroline
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Tolkien
If a children's mystery with pee, poop, and heavy-handed evangelical Protestantism with a dose of biblical fundamentalism and anti-Catholicism thrown in is what you are looking... Read more
Published 4 months ago by James G. Bruen Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This light hearted book took me back to my youth in delight.
It is well written and sprinkled with the right amount of humour. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shirley Burchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fascinating, and easy to stay hooked
My son was drawn into the book right from the prologue. It had the right attitude and moral and ethical guidance that was not preachy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rachel Horon
5.0 out of 5 stars A mysterious adventure that will captivate your heart and imagination!
A mysterious adventure that will captivate your heart and imagination!

Follow Main Character Mason Wilson on an adventure ride that is fit for the whole family to enjoy. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lazaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Fresh Adventure
I wasn't entirely sure just what to expect when I first started this book, but by the end I was quite glad to have read it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely delightful!
I absolutely LOVE this book! The story is awesome! It follows a twelve year old boy named Mason who is on a mission to solve a conspiracy theory after being assigned a homework... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cassandra
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More About the Author

M.P. Jones was raised in the northern town of Leigh in Lancashire, England but has lived in Toronto, Canada for the past ten years.

Although a Medieval History graduate, he is a Chartered Accountant by profession.

Apart from reading and writing, his other hobbies include supporting Leigh Centurions Rugby League Club and listening to Marillion ( - both of which he highly recommends!

Growing up, he read plenty of Enid Blyton, Anthony Buckeridge and Roald Dahl and soon progressed to enjoy the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, David Eddings, Bruce Winter and C.J. Sansom amongst others.

"Mason Wilson & The Dead Bird Debacle" is his first work of fiction, but he has been writing non-fiction articles in various publications for a number of years.

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