Summer and Bird

Katherine Catmull - Author

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ISBN 9780525953463 | 384 pages | 02 Oct 2012 | Dutton Children's | 9.25 x 6.25in | 10 - AND UP years
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An enchanting--and twisted--tale of two sisters' quest to find their parents

When their parents disappear in the middle of the night, young sisters Summer and Bird set off on a quest to find them. A cryptic picture message from their mother leads them to a familiar gate in the woods, but comfortable sights quickly give way to a new world entirely--Down--one inhabited by talking birds and the evil Puppeteer queen. Summer and Bird are quickly separated, and their divided hearts lead them each in a very different direction in the quest to find their parents, vanquish the Puppeteer, lead the birds back to their Green Home, and discover the identity of the true bird queen.

With breathtaking language and deliciously inventive details, Katherine Catmull has created a world unlike any other, skillfully blurring the lines between magic and reality and bringing to life a completely authentic cast of characters and creatures.

With a song to guide them.
At the edge of the forest, at their mother’s gate, Bird began to sing. “Two little cygnets,” she sang, “starting on their way.” It was from an endless nursery-rhyme song their mother used to sing when they were small. “The path was dark,/And they went astray.”
            “We won’t go astray,” said Summer. Bird didn’t answer, but with a twist of the pink backpack, she stepped ahead of Summer, and entered the forest first.

* "Catmull's stunning debut unleashes a fierce imagination to build a wholly original world, rich with the familiar shimmer of folklore and drawn with the elegance of a Russian ballet.  . . . As a piece of fantasy, this atmospheric adventure thrills with complex storytelling, carefully threaded with bits of foreshadowing and overflowing with poignant imagery." — .

* "A haunting fable inflected with mythological and fairy-tale motifs  . . .  meticulous, symbol-rich narrative with a light, storyteller's voice . .  languorously beautiful." — .

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