Bird by Crystal Chan

Jewel was born the day her brother died and her whole life has been overshadowed by his loss. Her grandfather no longer talks and her parents are overwhelmed by their sorrow and anger. When John comes to spend the summer at his uncle’s house, Jewel finally meets someone she can talk to and who listens to her. Except that John is not all he seems and his presence creates tension and unhappiness too.


Jewel’s family is consumed by anger, pain and sorrow and Jewel suffers because of this. The fact that Jewel’s family is the only multicultural family in town makes life harder.

The book explores how family’s cope with tragedy and how different cultural beliefs and backgrounds can affect the way people cope with loss.

A moving and beautifully written story.

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