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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Sunday, July 05, 2009


Bird by Rita Murphy


Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (October 14, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0385730187

Product Description
A GIRL EASILY carried off by the wind.
An elderly widow whose husband died under strange circumstances.
An isolated dwelling that breeds fear.
Miranda has no recollection of where she came from—only that years ago, a gust of wind deposited her outside Bourne Manor. The Manor’s sole inhabitant, Wysteria Barrows, took Miranda in and promptly outfitted her with special boots—boots weighted with steel bars to keep her anchored to the ground. But aside from shelter and clothing, Miranda receives little warmth from the aging widow. The Manor, too, is a cold place, full of drafts and locked doors. Full of menace. Full of secrets.
Then one day a boy named Farley appears. Farley helps Miranda embrace her destiny with the wind . . . and uncover the Manor’s hidden past.

To Begin with Persephone gets the blame for this book!

The second blame would go to the artist that painted that fantastic cover!  I mean really... isn't that the greatest cover?!  This gorgeous piece of work was done by Fernando Juarez. More samples of this artist at the end.

Bird is a small book and only 160 pages long. I did manage to read it in two sittings.   Some at night and then I finished it the next day.

What an engrossing book. Mystery does evolve all around the entire book and the questions in my mind kept me reading it.  In the end most things were answered.. but to some extent not all were answered to their fullest potential. But it was a very interesting read.  I don't know what I expected exactly but this wasn't it ...but that doesn't make it bad.

I would like to hear a review of this by someone who can "read between the lines"  and really interpret it, for there is surely deeper meaning than I was getting from it.. but then no one said I was a bright bulb lol.

So.. yes, I think this book would be enjoyed by many, but remember it is a very small book.

Before I go I looked up the cover artist and found some other things he has done.  He is known for his artwork for children's books.. I just think he's terrific!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The description and pictures you posted make the book sound interesting.

5:46 AM  
Blogger Cath said...

Oh! That cover! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Making a note of this one because, again, I think it's something all my family would enjoy (apart from Hubby who hardly ever reads YA. Yeah... he's *so* weird. Heh. ;-))

5:51 AM  
Blogger claire said...

Indeed, what a gorgeous cover. I just added it to my wishlist, thanks!!

6:06 AM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

There is almost a Dali-esque quality to his paintings, isn't there, though not in that first cover.....It sounds like a wonderful book...!

6:41 AM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Thank you Mr Lincoln..if you try the book I hope you like it.

Cath: its a very short book yet tells a whole story.

Claire: I hope you enjoy it!!

Naomi: it was a different read for me..

7:15 AM  
Blogger Nymeth said...

That is a great cover! All those illustrations are great, in fact. I have this one on my sounds delightful :)

8:25 AM  
Blogger animewookie said...

The artwork is amazing!!! I'd buy it just for that :D

8:59 AM  
Blogger cj said...

I agree about the cover - it's amazing and the story does sound interesting. This one has gone on my wish list, which will soon be longer than my TBR list!


11:01 AM  
Blogger DesLily said...

nymeth: I have no doubt that you will like the book.

animiwookie: I did! LOL

cj: i put it on my wish list and kept seeing the cover and it drove me crazy so I sent for it lol

11:12 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

Oh my, his art is beyond fantastic!!! I'm with you, that cover along would have made me buy that book! But now, I'll have to blame you along with the cover. :)

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Chelle said...

Yay! I'm so glad you picked this one up. As you know, I loved and adored it. I want a Farley of my very own. And, I agree, not everything is answered on the surface, but I think from there it's up to the reader to work with what's been given by Murphy, and, in a sense, to put your own story to it. I'm particularly thinking of the light that extinguishes at the end of the novel. I have a few ideas about that...

And I'm with you: I loooooved the cover! And then went and hunted down other work by the artist. :)

Chelle (aka Persephone)

11:48 AM  

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