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The Bower Bird
Ann Kelley
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The Bower Bird (Gussie #2)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  61 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Continues the story of Gussie, a precocious young girl with a rare heart condition. Despite this, she is determined to live life to the fullest, experiencing typical adolescent troubles such as love and parent troubles. While never complaining, she offers a direct and honest insight about herself and the world around her, in a story which is poignant, charming, and oddly o ...more
Published by Luath Press (first published December 1st 2007)
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Feb 28, 2009 Becca rated it liked it
I didn' t realise that this was the sequel to the first in the series so I kind of started backwards. I think the best thing about this book was the setting and the description of it, Cornwall is a good place to set a book, I think. Also, I like the idea of photography for a book subject.
Aug 30, 2012 Shubhangi rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I wish I had know that there was a prequel befor egetting this out of the library. This book was so deep and moving, and I loved the ending! I want to know more.
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Sep 15, 2013 Ellie the froggy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't very fond of this book. Honestly I didn't like it.
I didn't hate it enough to set fire to it but I will definitely not be reading this book ever again.
The Bower Bird was just so boring.

I had to force myself to sit down to read this:

I skiped quite a few pages in this book. I was going to stop reading it quite a few times but I don't like not finishing a book (if I started reading it then I have to finish it).
This book was given to me by a friend and it seems that, in giving me this book,
Sep 20, 2016 Darklady rated it liked it
Set in St Ives Cornwall, it is a story of an 11 year old girl called Gussie, who needs a heart and lung transplant. Not a sad read but wasn't sure where the story was trying to go. Lovely to read about one of my favourite places in England.
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Jul 13, 2015 Mezzogal Goh rated it liked it
It's ok. Nothing actually happens.
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Apr 01, 2014 Sue Batcheler rated it it was ok
I've started but I doubt I'll finish.
I didn't.
I liked this - a pleasing return to the characters and place first met in The Burying Beetle. More of the same - simple, touching, sincere. It's YA books like this that give me hope that the young readers out there might be getting something good alongside their dystopian sagas and glittering vampires!
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Ann Kelley is the author of The Burying Beetle (shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award) and The Bower Bird (Winner of the Costa Children’s Book of the Year Award). She has also published two poetry collections, The Poetry Remedy (1999) and Paper Whites (2001). She has won several prizes for her poems and has run courses for aspiring poets from her home. She is an honorary teaching fellow at Peni ...more
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“Death: I know, or I think I know that death will only be nothingness, but I don’t want oblivion yet. I want to smell honeysuckle in the dark, I want to hear my cat greet me with her special purring. I want to smell old books” 3 likes
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