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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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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
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
Natalie Rose
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
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
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
If you're going to read this book I totally recommend the audio version. The narrators were perfect.

This is a quick read about a 13 year old girl that goes by Bird. Her stepfather has left her family, but she cannot accept this. She follows him from Cleveland to Georgia with plans to bring him back home where he belongs. During her journey she meets Ethan, her stepfather's nephew, and Jay.

Ethan has been sick for a long time. He has recently be given a new heart and now feels healthier than eve
Mar 04, 2008 Rebecca rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
I found this book... intriguing. I love the intertwining plotlines--Bird, the girl who ran away to find her stepfather, Jay, the boy whose brother died, and Ethan, the boy who needed a new heart--and watching them all come together--both the plotlines and the people--was, like I said, intriguing. The characters were enjoyable to read about, and, even though it is a contemporary, the writing had a lovely, lyrical sort of feel. It felt... sweet. Sort of lightly enchanting, if that makes any sense ...more
Blake Pope
Bird was something else. It isn't all that long. I don't really know how to put this, but Bird is really a pretty book. The language in the book helps portray imagery for the reluctant reader. For what it is worth, this whole book is worth it for the last few pages. I was able to feel somewhat of an identification with Bird, but for the sake of spoilers, I feel like I shouldn't share why.

Bird is a story about a girl who has ran away from home due to numerous family complications. Bird follows h
Sophia Regan
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
Whitney Summers
I decided to read this book because Angela Johnson was a required author. I was not expecting such a simple yet powerful book. When I first started I was really confused and it took a couple chapters for me to understand what I was reading. But Angela Johnson did a beautiful job making sure the ending was very clear along with the theme. I would probably hand this book to just about anyone (within age limits, of course) that enjoys a sweet story. It wasn't a life changing book but it was a good ...more
I thought that this was a pretty good book, it was a really fast read and a cute story. It is about a young girl who runs away from home to look for the man who had been her father figure for the past few years. On her journey she meets some people who help her learn a lot about herself and help her to figure out what she really needs. I thought that it was really neat because all of the characters were connected in some way. I thought it was a really cute story and definitely a book I would rec ...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
A very slight book, beautifully written from three points of view. Bird is a young girl devastated by the loss of two fathers. Jay is reeling from his brother's death, while Evan has been given a new lease on life since he received a new heart ... which came from Jay's brother. What could have been a heavy-handed melodrama is, in Angela Johnson's hands, a lyrical exploration of a wide range of emotions. It ends in hopefulness, in part because of the childrens' own resilient spirits, and in part ...more
Sarah Schwarze
I chose this book because it was a short audio I could listen to while cleaning and cooking. It sounded intriguing in class and everyone has like it so far, it seems. It was a cute story of a little girl who misses her step father and how she came to terms with that and was able to let go. The people she meets along the way are incredibly charitable and kindhearted as she learns what she really wants in life. The kindness was inspiring and hopefully I can be kind like these characters. Bird seem ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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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
Abby E
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
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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
Mira Lamb
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
Jason Allen
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.

The story follows 3 different kids-Bird is an exciting girl trying to find her dad to bring him home after he deserted the family for another family. Ethan is the perfect "best friend" sort of a guy. He has a new heart from a boy who died and he faces those challenges. Lastly, Jay is the rebel, but only because he’s friends with the trouble makers and is struggling with his brother’s death. Readers will find someway to relate to at least one character in the book.

I thought the book was alright.
There are three narrators in this story- Bird left her home and travels into the unknown to find her stepfather, Cecil, who has run away. She lives in the shed behind a farmhouse and is hiding there hoping Cecil will show up in town. Ethan lives in the farmhouse. He helps Bird by giving her food and blankets. Jay is heartbroken about the death of his brother. He won't allow anyone to touch any of his brother's things. He faces quite a few challenges and stupid choices of his own throughout the b ...more
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Jul 01, 2008 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids grades four and above, adults
Shelves: young-adult
This is a beautifully written story about a young girl named Bird who is trying to bring back the stepfather that abandoned her and her mother. She's run away her home and finally found him but is waiting for the right time to talk to him. While she's deciding when to make her move, she meets several interesting people, including a young boy named Ethan, an older teen named Jay, and a retired schoolteacher named Mrs. Pritchard. She learns something from all of them and touches each one of them i ...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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