Lucy Christopher

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In a heartbeat, in a wing beat, it happens. Isla and her father are racing across fields, following the migrating swans, when everything goes wrong. The birds collide with power lines, and Isla's dad suffers a heart attack.

At the hospital, upset and scared, Isla meets Harry, with his wild red hair and firefly eyes. He doesn't laugh when she tells him about her love if birds. He listens. But Harry is ill, too. He has leukemia.

As Isla tries to deal with her father's frailty and the new feelings she has for Harry, she's determined to help the only way she knows how. Outside the hospital windows, she watches a lone swan struggling to fly, If she could just save the lost bird, would that magically make everything good again?

Book Reviews

"Emotionally affecting and remarkably convincing." ---- Kirkus Review

"A strong sensitive portrait of a girl trying to make sense of difficult changes in her life." ----- Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Lucy Christopher's novel STOLEN was named a Printz Honor Book by the ALA and received England's Branford Boase award and Australia's Gold Inky for best debut. In a starred review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY called it "an emotionally raw thriller...a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships." She is also the author of FLYAWAY, a novel for younger readers, and THE KILLING WOODS, a novel for young adults. Lucy lives in Monmouth, Wales. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter @LucyCAuthor.

Book Details

  • Format : Paperback, 330pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780545342148

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