Johnson, Angela. Bird.

Author:Flint-Ferguson, Janis
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review
 
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JOHNSON, Angela. Bird. Penguin, Dial Books. 144p. c2004. 0-8037-2847-6. $15.99. J

In such novels as Heaven and Songs of Faith, Angela Johnson has created a store of poignant characters with spare, poetic narratives. Bird is another novel filled with three such poignant characters. Although Bird is the title character, she is one of three narrators, each moving the story forward by picking up where the other leaves off and each bringing the facts and experiences of lives the others know nothing about.

Bird is a runaway from Cleveland who has followed after the stepfather who abandoned her family, hoping to reunite with him and reunite the family she idealizes. She takes shelter in the shed of an Alabama farm family, sneaking into their house for food and baths. The family's son, Ethan, is recovering from a critical illness. He and Bird meet and maintain a loose and playful friendship as be explores his new health and regains his strength...

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