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An offbeat and fascinating take on the eternal triangle, this debut novel from the Bradford-based playwright mixes intense emotion with ornithology.Outsider Paul sees everyone as birds and finds making friends difficult. Yet, when he is thrown together in a journey to the Lakes with Ashley, who is tough, good-looking and has an abundance of street cred, they form an unlikeAn offbeat and fascinating take on the eternal triangle, this debut novel from the Bradford-based playwright mixes intense emotion with ornithology.Outsider Paul sees everyone as birds and finds making friends difficult. Yet, when he is thrown together in a journey to the Lakes with Ashley, who is tough, good-looking and has an abundance of street cred, they form an unlikely alliance.A bizarre relationship is made even more difficult when a girl appears on the scene. Soon things begin to fall apart and their road trip makes national headlines for all the wrong reasons....

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King Crow Reviews

  • Stephen
    2019-06-08 05:33

    Interesting novel not all as it seems as the main character goes in search of ravens

  • Книжни Криле
    2019-06-26 07:27

    Днес ще летим на едни доста по-мрачни „Книжни Криле”. Всъщност дори черни. Гарванови. „Крал Гарван” на Майкъл Стюарт е поредното силно и провокативно предложение за млада аудитория от „Студио Арт Лайн”. Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле":

  • William
    2019-06-15 02:31

    My partner, Jane, picked up a copy of this novel, signed by the author, and, frowning, began to read. After about fifteen minutes, she looked up and asked me, ‘Does it go on about chuffing birds all the way through?’ Yes, Jane. It does indeed go on about chuffing birds nearly all the way through. Most of the chapters are short, and every one is named after a kind of bird. The main narrative of ‘King Crow’ is in the present tense and the first person – my favourite narrative mode. The main character is a teenager called Paul Cooper who lives in Salford. He has no friends, a history of moving from one school to another, and seems in some way detached from reality. He filters all his observations and experiences through a series of metaphors based on his knowledge of ornithology. The story is concerned with what happens when Paul unexpectedly makes a friend called Ashley, and the two of them get into trouble with a criminal gang and decide to flee to the Lake District. On the journey, Paul looks forward to seeing ravens in the wild for the first time. It would be trite and inappropriate to try to compare this book to ‘A Kestrel For A Knave’ (or ‘Kes’ as people insist on calling it since the film adaptation was made). In AKFAK, the protagonist actually owns a bird, and that is the only bird he is interested in. In ‘King Crow’, the protagonist is only interested in birds in the wild, and is knowledgeable about birds generally. Both protagonists are adolescent males from northern, working-class backgrounds but, beyond that, they are as different as two characters could be. Were they ever to meet, they would definitely dislike each other. All the dialogue in ‘King Crow’ is written in standard English rather than dialect – a wise decision. Barry Hines has said in later editions of AKFAK that he wishes he had written the whole dialogue in both the novel and the screenplay in standard English and left it to the reader to translate. Another feature of the dialogue and one which I cannot remember seeing in any other novel is that there are no quotation marks. Each speaker’s words are introduced by a long dash. This was a deliberate device to allow Paul Cooper’s internal monologue to blend into the dialogue and I think it works: it does not make the narrative difficult to follow. I found Paul Cooper to be a very likeable and believable narrator. I sympathise with his detachment and with his passion for accumulating what most other people would regard as “useless” information. He is opinionated and unsentimental, and speculates to himself on a wide range of subjects, from a hypothetical fight between Disney and Warner Brothers cartoon characters, to the fate of the giant panda. It was the unfolding of Paul’s character and his broken relationship with the real world that drove me to want to finish the book. Michael Stewart knows how to create suspense and he also knows how to write a resolution which is satisfying and believable to a contemporary readership. The flight to the Lake District is in no way an attempt to resort to flowery descriptions of setting instead of developing the characters and advancing the plot. David Peace chose ‘King Crow’ as the work by an emerging writer to have the first three chapters included at the end of the World Book Night edition of ‘The Damned United’. Since then, the Kindle edition of ‘King Crow’ has reached No 38 in the download charts. It also won the Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ prize, for which the author was awarded a Guardian mug which took an inordinately long time to arrive.I am currently taking part in a reading tour to promote a poetry anthology of which Michael Stewart is the editor, and in which some of my work appears (‘A Complicated Way Of Being Ignored’, published by Grist). This has been a vivid, arduous and emotional experience, with some late nights, long taxi rides, one epileptic fit, and some truly execrable and embarrassing “read-round” poetry from audiences. He has been working on his second novel for some time. I have no idea what it is about, but it has been submitted to the editor and I hope it appears in print soon.My collective name for my partner, Jane, and stepson, Jared, is The Jays: as Michael Stewart would say, “the most colourful of the corvids”. Even they are like chuffing birds.

  • Yvonne
    2019-05-28 04:29

    This is a great read, a first time novel by Michael Stewart.It's about Paul Cooper, teenage boy from dysfunctional fatherless family, lesbian mother who seems to bring a lot of women through her bedroom and a sister he prefers not to think about. But what sustains Paul through his painful, guilty, confusing life; what he loves and what he thinks and reads about constantly, is birds. Paul is consumed by birds, they are his soother, his passion.The reader learns that they are about 636 bird species in Britain, and Paul has checked off 187 birds from this list that he has seen personally. That there are no birds called 'sea gulls', there are gulls and many many different kinds of gulls, but no sea gulls.Of course the story is much deeper than Paul's obsession with birds as he gets involved in a drug deal gone wrong with the 'glowing' boy Ashley who has saved him from bullies.Ashely and Paul begin a harrowing journey to the Lake District where Paul hopes to see ravens first hand, and where they hope to escape from the drug dealer who is pursuing them.I am very very partial to books where you learn things, so I was particularly entranced with all the images and facts about birds.Here is a paragraph from the book that endeared Paul to me, because it's refreshing to think about animals in a respectful way and not a condescending way. Paul is talking about the film March of the Penguins:"There are basically two reasons the film did so well in America - one, it promoted conservative family values, and two - it made penguins look cute. Oh, and a third reason. Americans are wankers. When the penguin chick died my mom wept into our KFC bucket. I had to fetch tissues. Uncontrollable weeping. Pathetic. And some of the respect I had for my mother died that day. When Morgan Freeman says, "in the hardest place on Earth, love finds a way", I could have put my foot through the television. "Love", how can you talk about penguins being in love?"Penguins spent millions of years evolving the ability to fly, only to spend the next million years or so evolving the ability to NOT fly - and it has chosen to live on a lump of ice. It spends half the year sitting on an egg in sub-zero temperatures, and the other half of the year abandoning its mate to get food. That's a pretty stupid way to live your life."The book is full of gems like this. Paul is sweet but screwed up and understandably so. Bullied at school, no friends, father issues, moving constantly with his mum, he's just trying to keep his demons at bay.And I have to say the ending is excellent, a surprise to me which is always a treat."

  • KRUSTAL-chan Joanna
    2019-06-17 03:32

    сюжет - 1идея - 2герои - 1жанр - 2поетика - 1Внимание, по-голямата част от тази книга дава подробна информация за птиците - тяхното поведение, външни белези, разпространение, систематика и анатомия. Ако не искате да четете за разликата между зеленики и обикновени чинки, за изхранването на ястреба-врабчар, за птицата носорог, която не живее в Англия, за всички 187 от 636 птици, от които Пол вече е видял в естествена среда, е по-добре да не подбирате като четиво "Крал гарван". Защото тя ще ви накара да погледнете по един различен начин към птиците.Майкъл Стюарт е дебютиращ писател. Неговата първа книга разказва за живота на 16-годишния Пол Купър - училищния живот, наркотици, побойници, момичета и, разбира се, птици. Действието е в първо лице, което постоянно се редува с различните факти за птици, които се въртят в главата на Пол. Това е един нов начин на повествование, но бързо би успял да дотегне на читателя. Вместо да се следи развитието на действието, се получават просто натрупани факти за птиците. Това е замисълът, книгата цели да поучи читателя, да го информира за много факти относно страстта на главния герой - птиците. Но човекът, който би се заинтересувал, би открил същата информация и в една енциклопедия.Сюжетът е праволиненен, действието се развива за около 10 дни. Редува се с фактите за птици и с откъслечните спомени на Пол за детството му. Научавайки всичко за него, ние надникваме из всички кътчета на душата му. Идеята, около която се върти цялата книга, е самотата, драмата на пренебрегнатия и незабелязания, нуждата от приятелство и любов, пагубното влияние на едно разбито семейство върху децата. "Крал гарван" трудно би научила едно дете или тийнеджър на нещо, освен птиците и коя дрога какво действие предизвиква. Защото Пол не е наистина лошо дете. Той не е кото онези "ужасни" деца, които родителите дават за пример какъв не трябва да бъде един ученик. "Крал гарван" би имала по-силно въздействие върху възрастните, които понякога нямат почти никаква представа какво се случва с децата им и най-вече в главите им. До какво биха довели действията им, като родители и колко пагубно би могло да бъде това. Защото децата са крехки и чупливи.Главният герой е Пол Купър, вечният новак и аутсайдер. Сменил безброй жилища и училища, никога не успял да намери приятели. Изоставен от баща си, когото почти не помни, отглеждан от майка си - лесбийка, която често мени приятелките си. Пол е затворено момче, което има проблем с общуването. Той се изолира от външния свят, чрез любов-мания, която изпитва към птиците. Той е съвсем безразличен към случващото се около него, моралните му ценности са притъпени. Стремейки се да избяга и да не бъде забелязан, неусетно се е превърнал в безчувствен егоист. Но тук действията и мислите му стават противоречиви. Въпреки тези му стремежи, той отново иска да намери приятел и да срещне любовта, или по-скоро просто да прави секс. Иска да бъде разбран и приет, без да отдаде нещо от себе си, без да положи старание. Но животът е жесток и тогава идват на ход фантазиите и измислиците. Останалите два персонажа - Ашли и Беки, имайки предвид тяхната същност, остават съвсем плоски като характери. Образите им сякаш притежават единствено две-три характеристики. Ашли е обективизираното "желание" на Пол да има приятел, който да го защитава, който да го обича и да го кара да правят луди неща, да се забавляват и да живеят истински. А Беки представлява "мечтата" на Пол за любов, разбиране, ласки и разбира се - секс. А реалност и измислица са толкова преплетени, че лесно биха объркали читателя, но именно това е целта. Цялото действие се разва в съвременна Англия и всичко, което се случва там, би могло да се случи и в истинския живот. Поетиката, с която е разказана книгата, е съвсем проста и точна. Чете се бързо и леко, но за съжаление на български език звучи на моменти дори смешно.Бих препоръчала книгата единствено на родителите, които имат желание да разберат колко страшна може да бъде всъщност действителността, в която живее едно дете и че не всичко е толкова просто и лесно, само защото все още си дете.

  • J A Brunning
    2019-06-26 01:51

    You know from the start that the central character, Paul Cooper, is a lonely boy, introverted and inhabiting a world of his own on quite a profound level. Even engaging with the reader, he's a slippery character, hiding behind his obsession about birds right from the first line: 'When I look at people, I wonder what sort of birds they are.' He distances himself from other people in every way he can, even introducing himself by his surname, and not because he's from an upper class public school either. Far from it. Despite his determination to distance himself from the world he finds himself in, he draws your sympathy from the start, even though (or perhaps because) Paul is a strange mixture of dispassionate observation and fear, and uses one to hide from the other. He is so afraid of the world that he literally switches his mind to thinking of the facts he knows about the feathered creatures he is so obsessed with as a means not just of emotional escape, but trying to 'block out' the world and physically hide in his thoughts. As though he believes that if he thinks about birds, people won't see him - like a small child who thinks you can't see him if he puts his hands over his eyes: ‘Then he says to me, - Yeah? Want some, new boy? I feel his breath on my face. Focus on his blazer, a darkening sky. The finches fly off and are replaced by starlings, triangular wings, twisting and soaring, a swirling black cloud […] Remember to breathe. Think about starlings. Think.’ When he meets Ashley, a boy who is the opposite of Paul with his cool confidence, you know everything is about to change. This is where I have to tread carefully as Paul's story needs to be read to really appreciate this excellent book. Stewart's prose is somehow deceptively simple and yet beautifully poetic, and is often in the immediacy of present tense, and the story unfolds through a character depicted with a rare psychological truth. Paul hides behind shrugs and his quest to see ravens as he observes the world and his own story as it unfolds, and that's the key way the magic of this book works for me. Stewart manages to convey Paul's matter-of-fact observation of the world he inhabits and the often shocking events in beautifully poetic prose to reveal the story, and interweaves Paul's experience of nature and particularly his constant sliding into his obsessively ornithological world to create a refreshingly different book, and a compelling one.

  • Jonathan
    2019-06-11 03:43

    An unusual and gripping read. Paul Cooper is 16, and almost obsessively interested in birds. He does not make friends easily, has moved house and school many times and when the story begins is just about to run into trouble at his latest school. That is until the bullies who are about to cause problems for him are distracted by and sent off by another boy. Paul doesn't know him, but there is something about him that reminds him of a member of the crow family. Paul likens most people to a type of bird.The story itself is fast paced, moving from Paul's hometown of Salford to the Lake District, via a brief school trip to The Tower Of London. Paul and his new friend Ashley have got into more trouble than they bargained for and go on the run. They meet a girl Becky when they arrive in the Lakes who joins up with them, but then things begin to fall apart.This book won the Guardian's Not The Booker in 2011. The writing is good, not overly literary, which makes it accessible, and with the chapter headings being the names of birds there is plenty of opportunity to incorporate bird-related information into the story. I read it quickly not only because it is not very long, but also because it kept me intrigued right to the end.

  • Erik
    2019-06-18 03:49

    I am sorry to say that I didn`t like this book. There was nothing interesting in it, the description of birds in every chapter were something new and fresh, but after fifty pages it was just something that was distracting me from the plot. The characters weren`t interesting enough. To be honest this book was sucking energy out of me, and I read it till the end just cause my collegue asked me to and was talking about how great this book was for weeks. But I did like the last 30 pages very much, that earned this book a second star. If the whole book was written as the last 30 pages this would be a great book - at least for me.

  • colin mansell
    2019-06-20 04:35

    Paul Cooper has no friends, he goes toa rough school in the North of England.His mother has different partners.He has a fascination with birds put don’t let the ornithology put you off.Paul is a likeable character but he develops a mental illness through his lack of connection.An extraordinary exercise in empathy.

  • MisterHobgoblin
    2019-06-20 07:35

    King Crow is a weird book about a weird boy. Paul Cooper is a high school pupil who views the world in terms of its relation to birds. Anyone he meets, he works out what kind of bird they equate to. His life's ambitions are mapped out in terms of birds. He's like a twitcher except he doesn't seem to travel anywhere to actually see the birds of his dreams. His life is mapped out in suburbs of Manchester.So one day, when he sees Ashley - a new and good looking boy at school - Paul sees new possibilities.Although they are initially hostile, Paul sees a blossoming friendship. And as Ashley's bad boy tendencies come to the fore, Paul finds himself sucked into an exciting and criminal world.There are parts of the novel where one doubts that a reticent character like Paul would so readily become involved in a criminal underworld and walk away from all that he knows. And would Ashley really reach out to Paul? Bear with the book - it is worth it. The contradictions are resolved. There is a feeling, though, that a great novel really ought not to shake the reader's confidence in the narration in this way. Surprises ought to be surprising rather than explanations of previous inconsistencies. Nevertheless, King Crow is interesting enough in itself to make this a worthwhile read and make Paul Cooper an intriguing character. It's not perfect, but King Crow is a good effort.

  • Juliet Wilson
    2019-06-10 23:42

    Paul is an outsider, obsessed with birds. He watches birds all the time and constantly compares birds to humans and vice versa:'People often overlook the starling. I think that's a shame. Just because they're common, doesn't mean they aren't fascinating. What I like more than anything else is their sociability. This can often be mistaken for aggression, but I reckon one goes with the other - you see people piling out of the Brown Cow on Friday evenings and you'll know what I mean.' Ashley is everything that Paul isn't, tough and good looking, and inexplicably happy to make friends with Paul. When the two get into trouble, they leave home in Salford and head off to the hills of the Lake District. Paul wants to find ravens, Ashley wants to disappear.Along the way they meet Becky and the three explore the Lakes together, though definitely not taking the tourist route.There are many reasons why I love this book - the setting (Salford being close to where I grew up and the Lake District being a favourite place), the writing (Stewart creates a very convincing voice for Paul), and of course the birds. I also really enjoyed Paul's journey to self discovery.This is Michael Stewart's debut novel.

  • HNC Library
    2019-06-08 02:50

    This book was read by student Mollie Dockerill as part of Reading Ahead 2018. Here is her review:“This book is weirdly good. It’s factual about birds and you get to see into the minds of a person who has Asperger Syndrome.”

  • David Hebblethwaite
    2019-06-07 00:47

    King Crow is narrated by sixteen-year-old Paul Cooper; not the most sociable of boys, he’s more interested in ornithology (and peppers this first-person account with facts from his bird books). But Cooper’s life takes a turn into darker territory when he becomes friends with Ashley O’Keefe at his new school; Ashley is mixed up in drugs, and double-crosses a local gangster in a bid to strike out on his own. Cooper and Ashley end up stealing a car and driving to Cumbria – one to flee the gang, the other in the hope of seeing some ravens. Along the way, Cooper meets a girl named Becky, and starts falling in love – but Ashley isn’t happy at the thought of being ignored.Paul Cooper is an intriguing protagonist; it would have been easy enough for Stewart to paint him as a figure deserving of our sympathy, but instead the picture is more complicated. At the very beginning, we see Cooper try to block out the site of a gang kicking a girl by focusing on what he knows about finches (one senses that he quite often uses his love of birds as a shield against the aspects of life he doesn’t like); and our response may be ambivalent, because it’s not clear whether he is callous or just fragile. The answer is probably a mixture of both, and Cooper becomes increasingly difficult to warm to, with his uncomfortable tendency to objectify the opposite sex as he does birds, and his peculiarly understated way of reacting to events (about a third of the way through, Cooper says, ‘Since meeting Ashley, my life has definitely got more interesting. I’ve done a lot of thing I’ve never done before,’ [p. 66], which seems a rather muted way of describing experiences which include seeing your best friend being tortured, stealing a car, and knocking a man down). And yet, Cooper’s voice remains amiable.King Crow is skilfully structured to reveal its secrets only gradually. It’s clear from early on that there has been turmoil in Cooper’s family life and trouble at school, but exactly what and how much are things which only come into focus with time (and even then they’re perhaps not made fully clear). There is also the big twist, which occurs two-thirds into the book, and which I absolutely did not see coming – looking back, it is both carefully hidden and cunningly foreshadowed. It’s a twist that both puts a new gloss on what has gone before, and adds a different kind of urgency to what remains, because of what we have now come to understand.Stewart’s novel maintains its effectiveness almost to the very end, at which point Cooper is perhaps overly eager to explain things. This could be seen as part of the character, another manifestation of the boy’s apparent nonchalance towards his circumstances; but, still, it’s a little jarring for a book which has so carefully balanced the withholding and revealing of information to then show so much of its hand all at once. Nevertheless, King Crow remains a fine debut that leaves one interested to see what Michael Stewart will write next.

  • Jonathan
    2019-06-05 05:49

    I was hipped to this book by a pamphlet on New North-West Writing in NW libraries picked up from my local library. It's set in Salford which I'm fairly familiar with, however I was kind of freaked out towards the end when the plot led me to my actual place of work some 200 miles away from where Paul Cooper starts his journey. I came out of this book feeling like I'd learned a lot about both animal and human behaviour. Michael Stewart's philosophical wit and beautifully drawn characters kept me wanting to know more. I read a book a couple of month ago called Tollesbury Time Forever by Stuart Ayris. That and King Crow together have helped me understand how fragile the mind can be and how I should never judge a book by it's cover. This is the stand out book of my reading year so far, brilliant!

  • Steve Porter
    2019-06-02 02:40

    Fantastic little novel that reminds me in some ways of a contemporary and more riotous version of A Kestrel For a Knave/Kes. Paul Cooper is a troubled and introverted teenager from Salford, who knows everything there is to know about birds. He ends up reaping havoc across the North of England in a matter of days. Funny, sad and touching, so much happens in such a short space of time that the book threatens to veer from convincing realism into a slightly far-fetched thriller, but it reels itself in and just about makes perfect sense at the end. Wonderfully written and very informative on the subject of birds (assuming the author isn't making it all up), this could easily be the best piece of work I've read this year by a largely unheralded writer. All hail King Crow.

  • Gabriela Kozhuharova
    2019-06-14 05:30

    Опасният полет на „Крал Гарван“:„Крал Гарван“ ми се стори леко неизпипана като стил и сюжет книга, която обаче има смелостта да се захване с клишетата на тийн жанра и да ги запрати в дивото. Историята е най-увлекателна, когато главният герой Купър разказва за любимите си птици или разсъждава над суровите закони на джунглата. В неговите очи отвращението на човека към смъртта и хранителните навици на мършоядите изглежда глупаво и неестествено. Светоусещането му го прави интересен, но несимпатичен особняк, отстранен и статичен в ситуации, в които хората са склонни да изпадат в паника или да извръщат отвратено очи.

  • Gudrun
    2019-06-04 05:55

    I heard Michael Steward at his own author reading a little while ago. King Crow is his debut novel and what an enjoyable read it is.Paul Cooper who comes form a dysfunctional family is only interested in birds and sees people as birds. He and his newly won friend Ashley go on a journey together and encounter a number of strange, even dangerous people as well as Paul falling in love with a young girl.It is a fascinating story, told from Paul's perspective with a surprise ending - or maybe not quite such a surprising ending after all.Very much enjoyed the book - would read another work by Stewart.

  • Pat Stearman
    2019-06-26 23:54

    Read this because the author did a talk in the library! I did enjoy it but I wouldn't recommend to my 'book group' of mum and friend as I really don't think it's their thing. Protagonist is a strange and isolated teenage boy with an obsession for birds (this seems quite usual, had lots of kids in my first library - urban deprived area - who were into birds - maybe it says something about escape?)Never sure what's in his imagination and what's really happening (I hate this!- see review of blueeyedboy!). The writing is good but the content didn't really appeal.

  • Gael
    2019-06-23 07:37

    A cheeky little number. Gets under your skin, creeps up behind you and taps you on the shoulder, jumps out from behind a tree.This is a very cleverly written novel. Narrator Paul Cooper is a bit odd, but completely draws you into his increasingly bizarre world. Don't let the first couple of chapters fool you into thinking this is going to be a kitchen sink drama. It's not. It reminded me of Marc Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, and of Ross Raisin's novel God's Own Country - both well worth reading. And you even learn stuff about birds.Excellent.

  • Elisabeth Cook
    2019-06-14 01:34

    I bought this book when it won the 'Not a Booker Prize' and started it when it arrived, then forgot about it amidst university reading lists. I finished it off a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoyed Stewart's narrative style and the development of the protagonist, Paul, is interesting and endearing. The 'twist' at the end, however, was somewhat predictable and not dealt with in a particularly original or meaningful way. Whilst this book was an enjoyable read, it's also forgettable.

  • Katie Haden
    2019-06-10 23:54

    Ending was a bit quick and disappointing, but fab book regardless. Straddles that undefined area between teen fic (definitely not) and straight fic (kinda but not). 16yo outsider Paul is really, really into birds. He goes on a road trip with bad boy Ashley, and things get a bit serious. Read it. Then read it again with a different set of eyes. Wish I hadn't taken 5yrs to find it on the bookshelf again!

  • Jonny Gibbings
    2019-06-02 23:45

    A very smart book. An interlaced plot that twists. Cooper make liking books of birds cool, and theft of them worthy. Like my espresso, dark and intense, up there with the best. Refreshingly different an unapologetic in its approach. A fantastic book. As in 'I love Chuck Palahniuk and it will be sharing shelf space with his' good.

  • Wendy
    2019-06-20 05:51

    This was my book group read for the month. It's a fairly easy read though somewhat strange it kept me interested. I'm not really sure what I thought about it to be honest. Since I read it through I obviously didn't dislike it but I wouldn't particularly recommend it either. Distracted me for a few hours - I'll settle for that.

  • Frances Brody
    2019-06-13 01:27

    I was 'hand sold' this book by the manager of Bradford Waterstone's just before Christmas last year. It's a gripping tale about a troubled lad, absorbed in his passion for birds, who goes on a strange journey. It's beautifully written and with an unexpected twist.

  • John Morris
    2019-06-15 05:48

    A really great read, I did see the twist coming eventually but not until I was well into the book. This was sad and funny. A boy inventing a world where people actually paid him attention and cared for him. The question is how much is made up?

  • Paul Holland
    2019-06-03 06:47

    Would've been a 4 star but it dropped off significantly towards the end. Very good book though with some excellent parts.

  • Lisa Bower
    2019-06-11 06:50

    The bird part was a little dense which probably lost me occasionally but there were some spectacular dynamics between characters and it was a surprising read.

  • Deb
    2019-06-01 01:34

    wasnt sure what i was getting myself into when i agreed to read this for our bookgroup.I really enjoyed it and would even consifer re reading it which is unheard of for me.

  • Mary
    2019-05-31 00:33

    Hooked from the very beginning.

  • Heidi James
    2019-05-30 02:29

    Loved this novel - as did the rest of my book club. Tender, sad, bold and innovative, this is a great exploration of a young boy's attempt to make sense of his world... and birds!