AWAY WITH THE BIRDS
Illustration by Owen Bell
Fremantle Arts Centre Press
When we moved
from the country to the city, I reckon Mr Neary’s pigeons next-door
were more friendly than the kids at my new school. Maybe Mr Neary was
lonely too. He taught me about racing pigeons – not exactly a day at
the footy! No grandstand, no crowds, no screaming and shouting, and all
the birds finishing in different parts of town. Those pigeons fly
hundreds of kilometres. It sure makes the
You can talk
to a pigeon, yeah. Pooper-doo poop! And understand them too.
It’s still hard to talk about when Tailspinner went missing, but
that’s when I found I did have mates at school. They’re still my
mates – and so are my birds, you betcha!
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The story resonates with authenticity. It is
gentle and memorable and the dialogue realistic.
This magical book for primary school-age
children will bring a lump in many an adult’s throat.
Errol Broome’s keen eye for language turns
this story into a delight.
You’ll have to read this super book to find
out if he (the homing pigeon) makes it.
...a beautifully realised story.
Short, succinct with no wasted words...
The story is a compassionate look at the
problems of moving house and school, making new friends and finding a