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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Little Prince Publishing (June 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615470491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615470498
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,015,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Northern Canada, Angela grew up on the Canadian prairies amid dreams of becoming the next Dian Fossey or a world famous flight attendant. Those, however, were never meant to be. Instead, she moved to Texas and then eventually beautiful Colorado where she divides her time between her family, writing and her other job, teaching.

Angela was the winner and double finalist in Romance category of The Strongest Start 2010 Contest hosted by TheNextBigWriter.com. Songbird, published by Little Prince Publishing, is Angela's first novel.

Customer Reviews

I read this book in one sitting.
Linda Ulleseit
A hauntingly heartbreaking and beautifully written novel about death, loss, friendship, love and moving on.
Cataryna
The mystery part of the storyline was a little underdeveloped but still interesting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amber @ Down The Rabbit Hole on September 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
Grief and growth combine in Songbird to weave a heartbreaking tale of one girl organizing the pieces of her broken life. Utilizing both the past and the present, Songbird is filled with all of the high and low notes in Dani's life. Dani's physical and emotional journey is gripping and realistic and the three boys that love her are entrancing.

After seeing her father kill her older brother at six, living off and on with her alcoholic mother and being tossed from foster family to foster family, Dani is struggling to reconcile all of her grief from the past. Each day is a constant reminder of the hurt she;s suffered and Dani is finding it hard to get out of the past long enough to live this life she has now. As a reader, I really wanted things to look up for Dani. At the same time, I did grow frustrated with her when she wouldn't make things better for herself. She has a major crush on her friend Reece but can't imagine telling him. While I understand this, I wanted her to take charge of her life since so much of it before had been reacting to awful situations she was put it. When she finally does, her voices rises into one of the most beautiful crescendos I've encountered.

I don't envy Dani her choice between Reece and Colin. Reece has been there for Dani since she moved in with her permanent family. He's been her biggest supporter and her protector. But he's also never noticed her the way she notices him until homecoming. But after, he gets weird. At first, Dani really doesn't like Colin but she gets to know him and all that changes. Colin can very easily shift into the hole that Reece leaves in her life. I liked that the boys were both good choices and that Dani doesn't have an easy time figuring out what's right.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenna Bee on July 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
This was SUCH a good book. I found myself unable to put it down because I wanted to know what happened next.

Dani is a foster kid whose dad is in jail for killing her brother and her mother is an alcoholic. It's rare to find books written on foster kids (or maybe I just haven't come across them much in my corner of the world), but it was interesting to read life from her perspective.

Dani and Reece's friendship/relationship gets off to a rocky start near the beginning of the book and my heart went out to them as they went through the ups and downs of dealing with their lives and each other.

The only part that bothered me about the book was Dani constantly going back to a memory. I understand why she was doing it, but all the same, I wanted to get on with the current events!

I received this book through LibraryThing's giveaways!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Delsheree D. Gladden on June 3, 2011
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Dani's story may seem like another troubled foster kid at first, but the deeper you read into her life the more you see how unique and special she is. This is an engaging story of a young woman who has witnessed terrible things and experienced heartbreak and pain no one should ever have to face, but her strength gives her a chance to make her life into something more than another link in the chain of addiction and abuse. Along with all of that, Songbird weaves a beautiful tale of love and romance. But like the rest of Dani's life, love won't come easily for her. The struggle she goes through to find out who she is and who she belongs with kept me reading just as much as the mystery. There was sadness in Songbird, but it was tempered by hope and love. Songbird was a fantastic read with so much depth that it stayed with me long after i finished the last chapter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Ulleseit on July 6, 2011
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The core of this story is a young adult romance, but it is set off with Dani's memories of seeing her father shoot her brother. That trauma haunts her, and colors every relationship she has. Then the past reaches out to put her in danger. I read this book in one sitting. The romance part was sweet, and the memories disturbing. I rooted for Dani from page one! Readers of all ages will enjoy this book, although younger teens may find the harsher parts emotionally hard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liander on June 5, 2011
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An enjoyable romantic novel for teens, with a fillip of suspense thrown in. I read the beginning, offered at Smashwords & Amazon, which drew me in. Had to buy it to read the rest (an ebook). Dani is a 17 year old teen with a rocky past, with an abusive father & alcoholic mother, and she was bounced around foster care. Finally in a stable foster family situation, Dani befriended Reece, who reminds her of the older brother she idolized who was killed by her father. As they age, Dani falls in love with handsome and popular Reece, but hides it to keep their friendship secure. The plot revolves around a love triangle, miscommunications, family dysfunction and growth, plus mysterious threatening phone calls that seem to relate back to Dani's foster care days. The suspense is pretty light and I would have liked a stronger sense of place, but the romantic elements and Dani's traumatic story held my attention and empathy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S211n3 on August 29, 2014
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*****4.5*****
This is the second time I read Songbird and I remembered why I loved the book.
It is beautiful! Going through emotions and life story of Dani was lovely. Her craving for someone to love her after her brother Jace's murder by her own father left her alone as her mother found solace in the habit of drinking, same as Dani's father and being their abuser.
The start made me cry, and it totally grasped me in the story. Even second last chapter made me cry. Thanks! for not making it a tragedy. This story will be read by me many time in future.
I just wanted to know more about their life ahead after going through so much; heartbreak, confusions and loving each other even thinking it was one sided.
I want to read more about Colin too!! Please make a book for him too Angela! :)
This is a must read!
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