Evocative and beautifully observed, the story of Stride and his pet cockatoo captures the world of a boy on the cusp of adolescence learning about grief, change, acceptance and letting go.
Stride peeled back the leather on his wrist, proudly showing the pale untanned strip on his arm. My arm doesn't ache anymore.'
'Just like your old man, eh?'
Stride grinned and ran his hand down Ferd's back, ruffling his feathers, just like his dad used to.
After his dad dies in a fishing accident, Stride turns to Ferd, his dad's pet bird, for comfort. He's determined to make sure nothing in his life changes so dramatically ever again. But soon Ferd makes a new friend - a girl! - and Stride's mother makes unsettling plans, and suddenly everything safe and familiar in his world spirals dangerously out of control . . .
This summer, Stride has to overcome more than just his grief for his father - he has to learn to let go, trust others and even put his own life at risk. And he has to find a way to accept that change isn't always a huge and terrible thing.
A coming-of-age novel about a boy, a bird and a bond that even a bushfire can't break.
JENNI OVEREND is the author of four previous books including Hello Baby, illustrated by Julie Vivas, which was short-listed for the 2000 Children's Book Council of Australia awards and selected for the White Ravens collection for the International Youth Library in Munich. Her first book, Princess Grandma, won Australia's Multicultural Picture Book of the Year in 1995. Jenni lives in a small mountain township with her husband and four children. She teaches at a little school of eleven children and runs writing classes for adults in the Yarra Valley.
Commended CBCA Book of the Year Award, Younger Readers 2008 AU; Winner Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award, Best Book for Language Development, Upper Primary Children 2008 AU
A & U Children
Paperback - B format
10 - 13