Little Bird Flies

(8 reviews with an average rating of 4 out of 5)

Publisher: Nosy Crow

Bridie loves the tiny Scottish island where she lives, but can’t help dreaming of what lies beyond the boundaries of this small world; she’s determined that one day she’ll fly free and cross the ocean to America. But for now she’s tied to Tornish by traditions and promises and family. Until Bridie’s island life is turned upside down by the arrival of a new Laird. He’s brought with him his snooty family, a mysterious lady in black, and some worrying new ideas about how the island should be run.

Bridie’s family try to carry on as normal. But who is the woman in black? And when the Laird’s devastating plans for Tornish are revealed, Bridie and her family are faced with a heartbreaking choice. Will Bridie find her wings when she needs them most?

Little Bird Flies is a beautiful story of changing times and the upheaval of a small rural community, seen through the eyes of one young person. Set in the 1860s, the story chronicles rural life, family and friendship. It’s wonderfully told, with a hopeful and outward-looking perspective. Bridie is caring and compassionate, tied to her past, but filled with dreams of a different future.

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