Maddy is mute. Since the Incident she has barely spoken. And now she and her mother and brother are staying in a farmhouse on an old apricot orchard not far from town. It’s a chance to rest and recuperate – or a way to hide further away from the world.
Alice is waiting. Since Birdy, her darling daughter, disappeared forty-five years ago, she has sat in her house waiting for her to come home. Alice says Maddy reminds her of Birdy, and Maddy feels a strange connection to the long-lost girl. In the quiet not-speaking and waiting, amid the clutter of the old woman’s house, Maddy and Alice slowly become friends. Until Maddy takes something that’s not hers.
Birdy is a tender warm-hearted verse novel about the pain of loss and shame, the beauty of words, and the healing power of small acts of kindness.
‘Exquisitely crafted.’ NZ Listener, Best Kids’ Books of 2018 on The Art of Taxidermy
‘Imbued with life and grace and moments of infectious joy.’ SA Weekend on The Art of Taxidermy
‘Completely mesmerising, fresh and unexpected.’ Diana Sweeney, on The Art of Taxidermy
‘Birdy is a beautifully written story about how poetry, friendship, and nature can help us acknowledge and navigate the histories that haunt us. I was spellbound by Kernot’s gorgeous, lyrical writing from start to finish. A unique and powerful book.’
‘Compelling…The language is evocative and lyrical…Fans of Sarah Crossan will be hooked by this hope-filled story of how small acts of kindness make a big impact on everyone.’