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Meet Bird, a thirteen-year old girl who ran away from her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. She's very, very upset. Just when she thought her family was solid, her stepfather Cecil abandons her and her mother. Bird is determined to get him back. That's why she's in Acorn, Alabama. She misses her mother, her bedroom, food, and being able to take a shower. Bird is hiding out behind a nice family's farmhouse, watching and waiting.

Meet Ethan, a boy who lives in the farmhouse. He sees Bird in her hiding spot but doesn't tell his parents. Instead, he is excited to have a friend. He helps Bird by giving her meals, clothes and blankets. Ethan used to be very sick and had to get a new heart. Little do Ethan and Bird know that they have a lot in common.

Meet Jay, a boy in town. He is still numb from the death of his younger brother Derek. Bird and Jay meet each other on a roadside. Their sadness instantly connects them. Bird has made another friend.

Angela Johnson, three-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, proves once again her amazing storytelling abilities. BIRD is told from the points of view of Bird, Ethan and Jay. Through their connections, and what happens to each of them, a story tenderly unfolds. Johnson has a beautiful way with words that wrap around the readers' emotions and make us care deeply for the characters.

Reviewed by Kristi Olson on September 1, 2004

by Angela Johnson

  • Publication Date: September 1, 2004
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dial
  • ISBN-10: 0803728476
  • ISBN-13: 9780803728479