Thursday, January 3, 2013

Summer and Bird

What can I say about this book?  It's a new story, but it reads like an old world fairy tale with a modern update.  And if you know me, you know I love fairy tales! 

Summer and Bird live in an old cottage in the forest with their parents until the morning they awake to find their parents missing.  In their despair, they decide to go in search of them and quickly find themselves in Down.  In Up it was almost spring, but in Down it is still winter, and the two sisters are now grieving their parents and shivering with cold, but Down is a strange place in others ways.  Bird seems to be able to talk with the birds there, and Summer has strange visions.

In this moment of crisis, all their sisterly rivalries are strengthened, and Summer awakes one morning to find little sister, Bird, gone.  Now they are on separate paths that will lead them through dangers, revelations, anger, and guilt. 

Bird will continue on a quest to find her heart's desire where she will meet the evil Puppeteer who whispers lies mixed with truth to capture your heart.  She is the little sister always longing to prove her worth to show that she has ideas and plans to be free of her older sister's tyranny.  

Summer will continue in her search for her family racked by guilt over losing Bird and helped by many strange and wondrous creatures including a raven and old man.  She feels the frustration of the older sister always having to be responsible for a babyish girl who steals their mother's affection.

Like any good fairy tale, this is a story of transformation, difficult journeys, sacrifice, and love.  But like real fairy tales and real life, there are no completely happy endings, and we all have to pay for our mistakes.

This is Katherine Catmull's first book, and it is a true gem!

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