Katya Balen, illustrated by Richard Johnson

If you enjoyed Swan Song by Gill Lewis you will love this new novella written by Carnegie winner, Katya Balen and published by Barrington Stoke. It is a tender and unusual story about a father, a son and a tiny bird. Noah is soon to have his Bar Mitzvah. He lives with his Mum and only rarely sees his Dad who lives abroad. The week before Noah’s special day, he and his Dad go out into the countryside together and find a damaged Nightjar. What follows is a tale that helps to explain different points of view, family relationships and the role of nature in our lives through the story of a fractured relationship between Noah and his Dad. This is a short, illustrated book, ideal for young or reluctant readers.

Recommended for readers of 8+

Published by Barrington Stoke

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton