Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan

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The blue jays and cardinals of Stone-Run Forest have turned against each other. According to legend, only Swordbird, son of the Great Spirit, has the power to conquer evil and restore peace to the land. But is he real or just a myth? Can Swordbird arrive in time to save the forest . . . or will it be too late?

Twelve-year-old author Nancy Yi Fan has woven a captivating tale about the birds of Stone-Run Forest and the heroism, courage, and resourcefulness in their quest for peace.


About Nancy Yi Fan

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Nancy Yi Fan is the New York Times bestselling author of Swordbird and Sword Quest. She appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show as one of the World's Smartest Kids and on The Martha Stewart Show. Nancy spent part of her childhood in China, where she was born in 1993. Birds have been a lifelong passion of hers and provided the inspiration for her novels. She began writing her first novel, Swordbird, when she was eleven years old. She attends Harvard University. You can visit her online at www.swordbird.googlepages.com.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins. 256 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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Set directly after the defeat of the archaeopteryxes, this third in Fan's bird fantasy series follows the golden-eagle princes ...

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Turnatt, a corrupt hawk, sets out to take over the Stone Run Forest and all its feathered denizens by drafting crows and ravens to do his dirty work and by using those recruits to enslave and divide the forest’s bird communities.

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While feasting with a traveling troupe of winged thespians, for instance, the cardinals and blue jays drive away Turnatt's marauding forces by bombarding them with bean soup and raspberry pies.

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Nancy Yi Fan- Swordbird (HarperCollins 2007) 3.25 Stars Stone-Run Forest is being torn apart by a war waged by blue jays and cardinals, but are there deeper forces at work here?

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The General Administration of Press and Publication in China placed SWORDBIRD into the 2007 List of 100 Best Children's Books, in which SWORDBIRD ranked 3rd out of the 30 novels and collection of short stories in the fiction and art genre and 1st in the original chapter books category.

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Middle-graders will undoubtedly enjoy it (pleasure enhanced by knowing that a kid wrote it), and be inspired by its young author, maybe even to the point of trying some writing of their own.

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!Stone-Run Forest is home to the tribes of Sunrise and Bluewingle.

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