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Summer and Bird by [Catmull, Katherine]
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Length: 353 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 10 and up Grade Level: 5 - 6

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*Starred Review* Two sisters awaken in a forest cottage to find their parents gone, the secret inside their closet breached, and nothing but a mysterious pictograph to point them forward. Summer and Bird set out into the woods to reunite their family but soon become separated. Alone, each must brave the forest’s hard beauty, exploring its mysterious corners to search for each other, and for themselves. Catmull’s stunning debut unleashes a fierce imagination to build a wholly original world, rich with the familiar shimmer of folklore and drawn with the elegance of a Russian ballet. There are rhymes and bird songs; ravens and snakes; a spirit guide with a vexing smile, born of a burning tree; and an evil, bird-eating puppeteer. And what of the avian-selkie Swan Queen, with her stolen cloak of feathers and feet of clay? As a piece of fantasy, this atmospheric adventure thrills with complex storytelling, carefully threaded with bits of foreshadowing and overflowing with poignant imagery. But lurking beneath the girls’ parallel journeys and heartbreaking reconciliation is an allegorical exploration of family, where the obscure difficulties and rewards of sibling loyalty and parental devotion become painfully, startlingly clear. Grades 5-8. --Thom Barthelmess

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BOOKLIST (starred review): "Catmull's stunning debut unleashes a fierce imagination to build a wholly original world, rich with the familiar shimmer of folklore . . .  This atmospheric adventure thrills with complex storytelling, carefully threaded with bits of foreshadowing and overflowing with poignant imagery."

KIRKUS (starred review): "A haunting fable inflected with mythological and fairy-tale motifs  . . . meticulous, symbol-rich narrative with a light, storyteller's voice . . languorously beautiful."

INDIEBOUND Fall 2012 New Voices Pick: "Lyric in its language and layered in its complexity, this is a book like no other.  . . . as much about the complexities of family relationships as it is about quests, magic, growing up, and the worlds that exist just beyond our own."

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Product details

  • File Size: 1729 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (October 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FEFIDI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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