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What the Birds See (Paperback): Sonya Hartnett
What the Birds See (Paperback): Sonya Hartnett

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What the Birds See (Paperback)

Sonya Hartnett

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Australian Sonya Hartnett wrote her first book, Trouble All the Way, at the tender age of 13 and was in print by the time she was 15. She has since written many acclaimed books for children and adults including Thursday's Child, winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Long-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction, What the Birds See is a haunting, tragic and deeply affecting book. Adrian is nine. He is a lonely, lost little soul. His life is full of a child's fears - of not being loved, of being left, of his best friend going off with someone else - as well as of the less rational, but no less real to him, dangers of quicksand and spontaneous combustion. Unfortunately for Adrian, many of his fears seem justified. He lives in a fractured and unloving family, constantly worried he will end up in St Joseph's, a home for deserted and mentally unstable children. Wonderfully insane Sandra at his school is a frightening and somewhat inspiring example of just how close to that edge Adrian is. When three local children disappear while they are out for ice cream, new fears and new experiences confront Adrian. New friends arrive. Everything changes. The narrative is so poignant, it is painful. Every word is carefully chosen, crafted, and placed. Highly visual, this novel is like its subject: fragile, tender, and very, very sad. It is reminiscent of some of J D Salinger's work, particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish. This is not an uplifting read, but it is one you won't forget in a hurry. (Kirkus UK)
On a late autumn day in 1977 a fishing boat dredges the carcass of a huge sea monster from the black waters of the Pacific. In a peaceful suburban neighbourhood, three children go to the shop to buy ice cream and never return home. These events trouble Adrian, but then most things do. He's afraid of quicksand, tidal waves, self-combustion, shopping centres...A timid boy, who says little and does what he's told, he finds there is much in his world that he cannot understand. He lives with his gran and his Uncle Rory; his only friend is Clinton Tull, his one talent is for drawing. The routine of his life rarely changes...until the day the new children arrive in the house across the street. Then everything changes. Sonya Hartnett's dark, poignant and suspenseful novel perfectly captures the tenderness, cruelty and skewed perceptions of childhood.


Imprint: Walker Books Ltd
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: 2003
Authors: Sonya Hartnett
Dimensions: 215 x 135 x 17mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
ISBN-13: 978-0-7445-9093-7
Barcode: 9780744590937
Categories: Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun > General
Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction > General
Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 0-7445-9093-0

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