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Bird

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  758 Ratings  ·  181 Reviews
Devastated by the loss of a second father, thirteen-year-old Bird follows her stepfather from Cleveland to Alabama in hopes of convincing him to come home, and along the way helps two boys cope with their own difficulties.
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Published by Random House (NY) (first published 2004)
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Rei
Nov 17, 2012 Rei rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was called “Bird” by Angela Johnson. This was one of the first books that I have read from this author and it was kind of boring. It was a nice break from the intense book, Push, which I felt happy about. But, this book also made me sad at times. I could almost visualize the protagonist, Cecil trying so hard to persuade her stepfather to come home but she ends up having so many difficulties throughout her life. If I put myself in Cecil’s shoes then I would feel alone and unsafe, because I’ ...more
Trisha
Feb 25, 2011 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm honestly not really sure what I thought of this book. It was short and easy to read, but I had a hard time getting into the characters and the plot. It's about a 13 year old girl, just when she thinks she has a family her step dad, Cecil, leaves them. It starts off after he has left her and her mother, but she is certain that if she goes after him, he will return to them. So she lives as a runaway child and makes a friend with the family her Cecil is staying with. Ethan is the nephew of Ceci ...more
Molly
Dec 04, 2015 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I though it was pretty good, but some parts could be a little stronger in emotian
Richie Partington
31 May 2004 BIRD by Angela Johnson, Penguin Group/Dial, October 2004, 132 pages, ISBN: 0-8037-2847-6

"People struggle, people fight
For the simple pleasures in their lives
The trouble comes from everywhere
It's a little more than you can bear

I know that it will hurt
I know it will break your heart the way things are
And the way they've been
And the way they've always been"
--Natalie Merchant

BIRD is an exquisitely crafted tale, expressed in the trio of young voices through which Angela Johnson explores m
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Natalie Rose
Sep 24, 2014 Natalie Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bird is a thirteen year old runaway. She left her hometown of Cleveland in search of her stepfather who walked out on her mother and her. He is the second father that she has lost in her lifetime, her own father died when she was very young and she only has a few happy memories with him. Her search brings her to the quiet town of Acorn, Alabama. It is here, that she befriends two boys around her age. This story unfolds through each of their perspectives.
Since the author is telling us this stor
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Rebecca
Mar 04, 2008 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle schoolers
This book was pretty good, i liked my last book better though. This book is about a girl named bird running away from her mom to find her step dad cecil. My favorite part would have to be when she decides to go back home. There are two other major characters you should know about Ethan and Jay they are also important. I recommend this book to middle schoolers mostly because it was very easy to read.
Sophia Regan
Jan 03, 2013 Sophia Regan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was confusing... But amazing, usually books with multiple perspectives I don't like but this one is truly written well. I really love the way they are connected to each other and different perspectives on the same thing
Elizabeth Nagy
Dec 04, 2015 Elizabeth Nagy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very interesting. I didn't like the ending though.
Nia
Nov 29, 2015 Nia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book. :)
It was a very interesting book to read.

I give this book 3 stars.
Diane
Jun 14, 2017 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: families, adventure
Bird, running away to find her step dad, meets Ethan whose heart belongs to Jay's brother
Alyssa Klemple
Bird is a 13 year old girl who runs away. Bird wants to run away because she wants to find her stepdad. Bird finds this boy named Ethan and Bird decides to stay with him. Ethan lives with his family on the farm. In this book you find adventure and you never knew what happened next.

I liked the book, it was good. I liked how the author described everything and how Bird always felt during the book. I also liked how the book was put together and I liked the plot.
Elaine
Mar 11, 2017 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the intersection of characters and the emotion behind their struggles. Did not like the abrupt ending.
704michellew
Oct 20, 2010 704michellew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade-books
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Tamara
Summary:
Bird is a fiction book by Angela Johnson about a devastated thirteen year old girl who ran away from her home in Cleveland, Ohio inspite of locating her stepfather. Bird escapes to Acorn, Alabama in pursuit of bringing her stepfather, Cecil, home. Cecil abandoned bird and her mother but she still wants to find him because she loves him dearly. Bird hides behind a family’s farmhouse in Alabama.
Little did Bird know that she was going to form friendships that help her cope with her probl
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Julia Crane
Feb 08, 2017 Julia Crane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng-356-8-15
I chose to read this book because the title seemed so harmless but the summary contradicted my theory. I would recommend this book to a person who may not enjoy reading as much but would enjoy a short story that has so much depth. That being said, I would hand this book to the roommate that I am trying to wean off Nicholas Spark's books. I would also recommend this to my oboe students who are 14 years and older. It would also be a great book for my sister who does not have a lot of time to read ...more
Abby E
May 30, 2013 Abby E rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I chose to read this quarter is called Bird, by Angela Johnson. What I like about the main character, bird, is that she is so determined and brave to go on this adventure to find her stepfather. I also like that she is outgoing and friendly enough to meet some pretty great people along the way. There really isn’t anything I didn’t like about bird. If I had to pick one, it would be that she doesn’t tell anyone where she is going. I think that’s the worst thing you can do if you are going ...more
Natalie
Feb 13, 2011 Natalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yal
Bird has been “on the run” for awhile now. After Cecil left her and her mom a while ago, all she can seem to think about is getting him back. Her mom gave up and told her to do the same, he left them and he wasn’t coming home. He didn’t want to be a part of their family or he would have told them about the other family he was a part of, the one that he had all the pictures of, the one that he was always smiling with. But Bird couldn’t give up, she wanted him back, she wanted to feel like she had ...more
Hannah M.
This was a good book, a little confusing but I good book, bird learns she had to let go, and move on. Also she went back to her mom, who missed her dearly.
Erin
It has been a hectic last week of school, so I didn't get a chance to review this when I finished it last week.

Bird is a short novel (middle grade level) that centers around a young girl who's stepfather left her mother and her without an explanation or a goodbye. Now she has run away from home to try and find him and make him come back home with her. While she waits for the perfect opportunity to confront him, she meets some new friends--two boys and one older lady--who show her kindness.

I real
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Redfox
Jan 30, 2017 Redfox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng356-1-7
This was a super short and easy read, and I loved every second of it. I loved how the author changed from person to person each chapter giving the reader a different range of emotions, and showing how people are connected with one another in the most unexpected of ways. I would give this book to twelve and up.
This would be a fun book to use in class in order to talk about characters: how they are formed, what purpose they hold, and how you give them life/emotion. This would be a fun book to use
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Mira Lamb
May 17, 2013 Mira Lamb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english356-01
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. When I had picked it up, I hadn’t really been expecting much, but I really fell in love with the kids in the story. I was impressed with how Johnson wrote this because the story followed three different kids, but their stories intertwined. The diction was really great, and it all flowed really well. It was a super quick read – it only took me an hour and a half to read it. I read it in between two classes, but despite its length, it was rea ...more
Daisy
Jan 05, 2009 Daisy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3rd-quarter
This story i must say was completely breathtaking, and you cant seem to stop reading.The story is mostly about a thirteen year old girl named bird.She runs away from Cleveland, Ohio, Alabama to find her stepfather. Then she stays in her father’s family’s farmhouse for food and a shower while they are out.There, bird met ethan,a boy who lives in the farmhouse and who had a major heart transplant a few years earlier, sees Bird but does not tell his family. He becomes friends with Bird and brings h ...more
Jason Allen
Jul 13, 2013 Jason Allen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng-356
This book is a very interesting one, because it explores several issues in a very careful way. I especially enjoyed the way that Johnson casually moved from character to character, which if not done correctly I typically find very distracting. In this instance however, I thought that it was done very well and that it added an interesting level to the story. I also thought that each of the characters moved well through the story and that each character's resolutions were relatively satisfying.

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Ruhama
Sep 10, 2010 Ruhama rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
This short novel tells the intertwining story of three children and a few adults, with the kids telling the story. Bird has run away to find her step-father, who has also run away. Ethan has recently had a heart transplant, and is getting used to being a ‘normal’ kid again. Jay is struggling with the loss of his brother, and has been getting into trouble lately. Their lives turn into a dance shortly after Bird ran away, Jay’s brother died and Ethan got his transplant. Ethan’s donor was Jay’s bro ...more
Lindsey Stein
Jan 29, 2017 Lindsey Stein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit-1-7
Really, I'd rate this book at a 4 and a half. I read it because my teacher said that it was written for non-readers, but that it was still really good. I agree with her. It is a beautiful book. I would recommend it to anyone who has trouble reading and connecting with literature. It's written in such a way that it is easy to understand, and the characters are easy to relate to, but it has a very profound message. I would also try to give it to a child who is maybe having troubles at home. It com ...more
Bryce  Bodily
I read this because it was one of my required authors in my YA class. I wanted to have something that was short and sweet. I think this book definitely fulfilled those requirements.

The narrative starts out with Bird and then slowly introduces Ethan and Jay. The way that they all are connected with this story is interesting and I'm not going to give anything way. I felt like this was nice because it showed people being able to accept tough situations and being able to let go. I felt really good
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Books Kids Like
Oct 06, 2013 Books Kids Like rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: johnson-angela
When her stepfather, Cecil, leaves, Bird runs away to Alabama in an attempt to find him and bring him back home to Ohio. She knows something about his family and where they live so that is where she goes. Bird lives in the family's shed and waits for Cecil. When he comes, she is afraid to confront him. Instead, she follows him during his daily run. Cecil’s nephew, Ethan, finds Bird and helps her with food, clothes, and bedding. Bird soon learns that Ethan had recently undergone a heart transplan ...more
Anna Knox
I don't really know how to feel about this book. Maybe it was because the main character was just so young. Bird is only thirteen years old. She is more of a child then anything else, and the thought of her living on her own just makes me uncomfortable. I just want to tell her to go home. The plight of her step father leaving and her chasing after him is heart wrenching, but I think it distracts from the story I wanted to hear: Jay and Ethan. While Bird's story was just uncomfortable to me, I wa ...more
Stephanie
Apr 20, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This book was a quick but good read. Johnson seems to have great description of characters without going on and on about them as other authors do. I found it really interesting how the three different narrators (Bird, Jay, and Ethan) all end up connected in a strange way. I also found it remarkable how Bird seems to be able to invoke a change in others. She somehow is able to bring people to take a step towards what they want or need, even if they don't know it. I'm not the biggest fan of the en ...more
Jay Tracey
This book wasn't my favorite, it was actually very confusing for me. The style of writing with three different point of views that switched every chapter really got in my head. I couldn't keep up with the speed of the plot and organize the events in my head. Between the three different character point of views and flashbacks, I was left in confusion a lot. At the end of the book we learned that Bird had lost her dad when she was only two years old. She was living alone with her mom and decided t ...more
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“Maybe his heart is searching for and not finding the place it used to live. I understand that because mine is searching and not finding too.” 6 likes
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