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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 184
Publisher: Cormorant Books
Pub Date: 27/Apr/2021
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Corbin’s bipolar mother is often unemployed, and their apartment has no furniture, and sometimes no food. When his classmate offers Corbin the bird she can no longer keep, he’s all-in.

When things begin to spiral out of control and Corbin can no longer get his mom – or himself – through the darkness, he discovers his neighbors aren’t the unfriendly bunch he thought they were. Maybe this bird has a bit of magic in him.

Birdspell features celebrated author Valerie Sherrard’s trademark blend of humor and warmth. It’s a book about mental illness and poverty, but also hope, and the reminder that friends can be found anywhere.

Quill & Quire
“Honest and straightforward, with no sugar-coating of the challenges of bipolar disorder, Birdspell offers remarkable insight to young readers unfamiliar with mental-health issues. At the same time, it provides rare validation for those children who struggle with it in their daily lives…Birdspell is a very readable book laced with humour and grace.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials

A deep and beautifully written title that once begun is hard to put down. Despite the tragedy of the circumstances, the novel is a compelling story of strength, hope and compassion.

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All Lit Up: 19 Books for Canadian Children's Book Week  | 2021 | Commended

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