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Twelve-year-old Jewel was born on the day her brother Bird died and lives in a house of silence and secrets, but a new boy in her Iowa town may help find the answers Jewel wants despite her Jamaican grandfather's warning that he is a "duppy, " a malevolent spirit.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781442450899
Branch Call Number: J FIC Chan
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 19, 2016

Good book with lots of plot twists and a very exciting story.


This book is very sad. The main character, named Jewel has a brother (John) that died because he thought he could fly and a grandfather who never speaks because he felt responsible for John's death. It is a wonderful book, with all of Jewel struggles to feel loved by her parents and making a friend.

green_turtle_1186 Jun 08, 2014

this book is for people who believe in God and superstitions. Jewel tells her story of a Grandpa she never sees, a brother who jumped off a cliff, a stubborn mom, and many more. definitely a book with surprise and mystery. a must read

May 02, 2014

Ok. I recommend you skip this book from page 15 to page 169 to avoid frustration with the story dragging. When you skip: the story comes alive, action goes hard and you honestly don't lose much detail. This story is full of heart and hope despite the theme of death. Young girl stuggles to understand her family who still hurts from the accidental death of her brother. I intially wanted to read this for the biracial girl, but this story quickly drops that information and gets the heart of the story: family and acceptance. It still has culture in the background, but its very low key. (which I personally liked). I don't know if this is too "heavy" a book for readers, but I did throughally enjoy it. It was beautiful to see her relationship with her grandfather unfold. As he grieves, she learns to hear his unspoken words. She forms a friendship with a young boy who also feels like an outcast in his own home. Jewel also learns how to speak up for herself and how its okay to want love. I think kids would relate to feeling ignored by their parents. At the end of the day, thought provoking. And yes, if you're wondering keep a tissue box handy: its a tear jerker

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Sep 19, 2016

edbodnar thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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Sep 19, 2016

Jewel is sick of living in her late brother's shadow. Her house is filled with shadows and silence, and her only escape is to the cliff where her brother died. Then one night, Jewel meets a strange boy in a tree, and maybe he can add some happiness to Jewel's otherwise dull life...


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