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August is nine years old, and dreams of becoming a scientist. This is a dream that will never come true, because August is dying. The only dream that's left to him now is that of reaching his tenth birthday, on the last day of the month he was named after.


Yet on the eve of that month, August gets two surprise visitors: time-travelling ravens Muninn and Huginn, come out of
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ebook, 169 pages
Published July 11th 2015 by Smashwords Edition (first published July 9th 2015)
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Neda
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's really hard to describe exactly what made this book so hard for me to stop reading. It dealt with a difficult subject--terminal illness-- in a sensitive and realistic fashion, and the frame story of visiting important moments in science was, for the most part, successfully executed. It's a very quiet, sad, and thoughtful read. I read that the author doesn't think of it as a children or YA book despite the simple language and youthful protagonist, and I agree that adults will get more from t ...more
Kirsty
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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It is not surprising that The August Birds is sad from the outset, but there is also a marvellous amount of hope to the whole. Cade's storyline is imaginative, and her writing is lovely, if unfortunately a little jerky at times, with some quite awkward turns of phrase. I was pleased that the whole wasn't dumbed down to appeal to a younger audience; rather, it is a tome for the curious. Quite profound ideas about life and death have been woven in here. Cade has a great understanding of both perso ...more
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Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I really, really enjoyed this one! The writing immediately stood out so I knew it was going to be a good read, and such an interesting premise! August wants to be a scientist when he grows up but he’s very sick and knows he’ll never reach that dream. A more manageable dream, he desperately wants to make it to his 10th birthday, which is a month away (the last day in August).

Two ravens, Muninn and Huginn (who I now know after reading A
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Bruna
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
First of all, I have to say it was very fitting that I should have read this book in August (an awful month, as proved by real life and some of the historical events that happen here - and no August is neither summer nor holiday month where I live).

That being out of the way: I really apprecciated what this book was trying to do and I thought the writing was beautiful, however, it failed in sparking any kind of emotional connection with me.

I felt like there was too much pressure on me to learn al
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Joe ST
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a simple and sad tale, I somewhat struggled through the childishness, but I'm glad I got to see the end. cathartic and intriguing, I loved the birds personalities, and would love to see more of them, though unlikely.
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