Feather Boy by Nicky Singer

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“Top flat, Chance House. You can go there. . . . You are the sort of boy who can fly.”

That’s what Edith Sorrell, mysterious resident of Mayfield Rest Home, says when Robert asks her to share a wisdom with him as part of a class project. And even though Robert Nobel, a.k.a Norbert No-Bottle, the perpetually picked-on class squit, is convinced she’s batty, he’s determined to pluck up his courage and go. After all, what does Robert have to lose? His dad is busy with his new family, his mum is always at work, the school bully is making his life miserable, and the class beauty won’t give him the time of day.

But Edith is hiding a secret about boarded-up Chance House’s past that’s more complicated than Robert ever imagined. The search for the truth begins in the top-floor flat with a few small feathers. Uncovering it will change both of their lives forever.
 

About Nicky Singer

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Nicky Singer was born in 1956 and has worked in publishing, the arts and television. She was co-founder and co-director of Performing Arts Labs, a charity dedicated to training new writers for theatre, screen and opera. In 1995 she presented BBC2’s highly acclaimed documentary series on women’s fertility, ‘Labours of Eve’. She is also head of a writing team developing Asylum Wall, a new way of storytelling for interactive media. In 2000, Nicky was made a board member of the South East Arts Board. She lives in Brighton with her husband and their two young sons and a daughter.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by HarperCollins Children's Books. 288 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Robert Nobel is a misfit. Bespectacled and gangly at age 12 (his arms and legs are "like white string loosely knotted at the elbows and knees"), the self-confessed "class squit" is

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Feather Boy Nicky Singer Collins £4.99, pp285 Robert Nobel is a boy who might as well have 'victim' on his forehead.

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The writing soars, from the pitch-perfect delineation of the boy's wry, self-depreciating voice, to the change wrought in him as he becomes 'the sort of boy who can fly,' " wrote PW in a starred review.

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Singer, a British novelist making her YA debut, deftly builds tension as the various threads of her story converge, tying together the secret of Edith's long-dead son, the significance of the firebird story and other plot elements.

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But this night is just the beginning of a journey that makes Robert sit up and really notice everyone and everything around him -- including the magic, and the truth, that both may be hiding in Chance House.

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