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Little Bird Flies

Little Bird Flies

Author Karen McCombie
Illustrator Jasu Hu
Series Little Bird Flies




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Bridie lives on the remote Scottish island of Tornish, the youngest of three sisters. Although she loves her island, with its wild seas and big skies, she guiltily nurses a secret dream of flight – to America and the freedom of the New World.

But her family are struggling under the spiteful oppression of the new Laird, and it seems that even some of the Laird’s own household are desperate to leave. When the Laird’s full cruelty becomes apparent, there’s no more time for daydreams as Bridie needs to help the people she loves escape to safety.

The first in a gripping, dramatic new series from much-loved author, Karen McCombie.

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What the Critics Said

“There’s heart in this Scottish adventure. . . This is [Karen McCombie’s] best: set during the Scottish clearances of the 19th century, it has a vivid setting, emotional punch and characters to really care about.”

–  Alex O’Connell, The Times, Children’s Book of the Week

“This involving, evocative tale, narrated by Bridie with a hint of period language, is a study of rich and poor… events unfold suspensefully to a satisfying if open-ended resolution.”

– Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times, Children’s Book of the Week

“McCombie is a supremely digestible writer, who unravels a dense plot in 20 brisk chapters, with some lyrical descriptions of the landscape, plenty of domestic nitty-gritty, and a smattering of Highland history thrown in.”

– Emily Bearn, The Telegraph

“This has all the makings of a wonderful historical series. It’s engaging and interesting and exciting, with a memorable central character. And, you can tell, it’s written with love. Thank you, Karen McCombie, for such a lovely book. It’s one for any middle grade reader who loves history and a good adventure.”

The Book Bag

“Historical fiction for nine- to 12-year-olds that will resonate with its themes of persecution and immigration.”

i News

“A gripping read which perfectly captures the harshness and beauty of life on such a remote and rugged place.”

Library Girl and Book Boy (blog)

“A beautifully written first person narrative that draws the reader into mid-nineteenth century Scotland.”

Madge Eekal Reviews (blog)

“The joy of a well told story is that it is able to transport you to another world and make you feel as though you are part of it. Within a few pages Bridie’s world became real to me.”

A Library Lady (blog)

“Wonderfully atmospheric, Karen conjures up the story magnificently stimulating all of our senses with her rich, vivid descriptions.”

Book Lover Jo (blog)

“Little Bird Flies is a book worth shouting about and that is what I will most certainly be doing in the classroom once term beings!”

K and O: Bonkers About Books  (blog)

“…a real pleasure to read. It’s a family, period-drama adventure that makes your heart yearn for a better outcome. Full of fantastic characters and an amazing story, both of which will ease you into 2019.”

Mr. Ripley’s Enchanted Books (blog)

“Karen McCombie has written the book she was meant to write. Little Bird Flies, set on a remote Scottish island in the nineteenth century, is an inspiring story of a young girl, yearning to escape the confines of her life and supposed frailty.”

BookWagon (blog)

“Instantly compelling, with a bold and brave heroine, Little Bird Flies is a gripping and beautifully told historical drama.”

–  The Book Activist (blog)

“Karen McCombie does not disappoint the reader with this beautiful adventure story, ideal for fans of historical fiction… It is sure to attract those looking for a next generation classic as I am sure this will be.”

– Book Bound (blog)

“This story of loyalty, courage, and friendship in the face of adversity is compelling.”

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