Brown Bird

by Jane Arthur

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Sometimes it can take one special friend to show you what you're capable of, even if does take you a while to believe it. Eleven-year-old Rebecca tries to make herself invisible so people won't call her weird. Resigned to spending the holidays by herself in a new neighbourhood while her mum works long hours at the supermarket, she meets Chester, who has come to stay for the summer. He is loud and fun and full of ideas. But will Rebecca be able to cope with being taken so far from her quiet comfort zone? Rebecca is about to find out that she can be braver than she ever thought possible . . . A gentle, warm-hearted novel about leaving the comfort of your shell and making friends, for fans of Judy Blume, Jacqueline Wilson, Kate DiCamillo and Kate de Goldi.

About the Author

The talented Jane Arthur has a number of strings to her bow in Aotearoa's publishing world - she is a writer, a poet, an editor, a reviewer and a bookseller, and is a founding editor of children's literature website The Sapling. Her debut poetry collection, Craven (VUP), won the 2020 Jessie Mackay Prize (MitoQ Best First Book of Poetry) at the Ockham NZ Book Awards and her second collection, Calamities (THWUP) was published in 2023. In 2020, she was awarded an Emerging Writers Residency from the Michael King Writers Centre, and she used that dedicated time to write Brown Bird, her first novel for children. With PRHNZ's author Catherine Robertson, Jane owns and manages the award-winning Good Books bookstore in Wellington.

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