British Books Challenge: Bird Girl by Maudie Smith

Have you ever told others about your dreams- and then wished you hadn't? This is what happened to Finch Field so when the summer came and she goes off to spend the holidays with her Grandma at Sunview-on-Sea, she couldn't wait to go.

Surrounded by lovely people in this lovely place, Finch is happy, but the appearance of a strange cloud hovering over the town changes things. Soon, Finch realises that it is not just the sunshine that is being stolen away. Perhaps Finch's dream coming true will be what saves them all...

A book all about the importance of dreams and being true to yourself, 'Bird Girl' is an exciting and unexpected story!

Finch is a strong character whose joy at escaping to the idyllic Sunview-on-Sea contrasts with her feelings of misery at the teasing and acts of unkindness she receives from others at school. Her reluctance to trust a boy she meets is completely understandable and shows how those on the receiving end of such treatment begin to expect it.

The relationship between Finch and her grandmother is beautifully portrayed- its warmth and energy are delightful. Finch shows great courage and determination when her friends are at risk and learns a lot about herself along the way.

An enjoyable read aloud story, offering plenty to discuss.

Bird Girl by Maudie Smith, illustrated by Lucy Fleming

Orion Children's    ISBN: 978-1444015621