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WHAT THE BIRDS SEE

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Publisher
Walker Books Ltd
Book Format
Paperback
Number of Pages
176
Author
Sonya Hartnett
ISBN-13
9781406369144
Publication Date
January, 2018
ISBN-10
1406369144

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Three children are abd...

Three children are abducted at the start of the novel. Adrian (9 years old) lives with his Grandmother and Uncle. He is convinced that the new family across the street are the abducted children. Adrian has no friends at school and is worried about everything, especially losing the people closest to him. He befriends the new kids. Eventually they run away as Adrian thinks he is going to be put into a children's home. They go searching for the lost children in the local swimming centre which is closed for the winter. They walk on top of the swimming pool cover, which rips apart. They fall into the pool and drown. Easy to read, only short. Beautifully written, very sensitive. The reader gets a real insight into the worries and life of a young boy who fears abandonment and is often bullied. Shocking ending.

Three children are abd...

Three children are abducted at the start of the novel. Adrian (9 years old) lives with his Grandmother and Uncle. He is convinced that the new family across the street are the abducted children. Adrian has no friends at school and is worried about everything, especially losing the people closest to him. He befriends the new kids. Eventually they run away as Adrian thinks he is going to be put into a children's home. They go searching for the lost children in the local swimming centre which is closed for the winter. They walk on top of the swimming pool cover, which rips apart. They fall into the pool and drown. Easy to read, only short. Beautifully written, very sensitive. The reader gets a real insight into the worries and life of a young boy who fears abandonment and is often bullied. Shocking ending.

Like her other 2 books...

Like her other 2 books I've read (Surrender and Thursday's Child), this is pure poetry. Her writing is gorgeous and engrossing; you don't want the story to end (in part because you just know it won't end happily) because the writing is just so lyrical.This lacks the surreal elements of the two other novels mentioned above, and it's a little harder to get into, but it's worth the effort. This poor kid, with all his irrational fears and his completely rational ones. Hartnett captures the pain and loneliness of childhood brilliantly.

How can I rate this? &...

How can I rate this?  Beautifully written, pitch perfect, subtly wreaks havoc on a sensitive reader's soul.  But not actually enjoyable.  No HEA.  No 'comic relief.'  Not bleak, not graphic, but still not for the easily traumatized.  Some children need someone like Hartnett to be honest with them, because they know that life is hard and don't like the sugar-coated books that dominate library shelves.  Some children (and adults) can't really be expected to be able to handle this.  I'll be thinking about it much longer than I'll want to be.

Sonya Hartnetts stori...

Sonya Hartnett's stories often have a dark shadow lurking, and they don't always turn out as expected. This one is no exception. Her language is concise and poetic and her characters beautifully realised. A poignant story about families, isolation, misadventure and home.

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