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Author:  Crystal Chan

Nothing matters. Only Bird matters. And he flew away.

Jewel never knew her brother Bird, but all her life she has lived in his shadow. Her parents blame Grandpa for the tragedy of their family’s past; they say that Grandpa attracted a malevolent spirit—a duppy—into their home. Grandpa hasn’t spoken a word since. Now Jewel is twelve, and she lives in a house full of secrets.

Jewel is sure that no one will ever love her like they loved Bird, until the night that she meets a mysterious boy in a tree.

Grandpa is convinced that the boy is a duppy, but Jewel knows that he is something more. And that maybe the time has come to break through the stagnant silence of the past.

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Aug 20,2016
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I love this book!! I am ashamed to admit I cried while reading it :( I thought at the end Jewel should have flown away just like her brother. it would just fit! perfect! I would recomend this book from age -0 to 107 great book!

Apr 06,2016
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This book is gorgeous. <3

Jewel is living a life where everything is constantly about Bird - her dead older brother. 

And then John/Eugene comes along and they have the cutest friendship!!! I found Jewel a really empowering character. At a young age, she has been through a lot of crap and she still walks with her head held high and her beliefs in place. I really respect that about Jewel.

The only I would have liked differently was the ending. I really expected Jewel to fly away like Bird did. She was meant to climb to the top of that boulder and fly away after Bird. Yet again, since this is aimed at a younger age group Crystal Chan can't just really kill the protagonist.

Definitely something you should read. It opens your eyes on taking things granted in your life :-)


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