Stonebird

Mike Revell. Quercus (Hachette, dist.), $16.99 (288p) ISBN 978-1-62365-462-7
Eleven-year-old Liam is disappointed when he, his sister, and his mother move in with his grandmother, who has rapidly advancing dementia, in order to help with her care. To Liam and his sister, Jess, it seems like she has a “demon inside,” and he’s terrified when she shouts that she’s “killed before” during one of her outbursts. But after Liam finds his grandmother’s WWII-era diary, he begins to learn that they are not so different. Liam’s fears involve his mother’s drinking (“I realize that wine o’clock is not like bed time or lunch time or home time, because those times don’t change”), as well as and his new school and its bullies. He gains an unexpected ally when his grandmother’s old protector, a stone gargoyle from Notre Dame cathedral, seems to come to life and is able to enact his wildest dreams, which doesn’t always go well. Liam’s sensitive, insightful voice is engaging and easy to identify with, and his evolving relationship with his family as his grandmother’s dementia worsens is tender and moving. Ages 10–12. Agent: Gemma Cooper, Bent Agency. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/22/2015
Release date: 06/01/2015
Genre: Children's
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