• Pages:184
  • Publisher:Cormorant Books
  • Themes:parakeet, mental health, bi-polar, family, therapy animal
  • Available:04/27/2021
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12

Corbin’s bipolar mother is often unemployed, and their apartment has no furniture, and sometimes no food. When his classmate offers Corbin the bird she can no longer keep, he’s all-in.

When things begin to spiral out of control and Corbin can no longer get his mom – or himself – through the darkness, he discovers his neighbors aren’t the unfriendly bunch he thought they were. Maybe this bird has a bit of magic in him.

Birdspell features celebrated author Valerie Sherrard’s trademark blend of humor and warmth. It’s a book about mental illness and poverty, but also hope, and the reminder that friends can be found anywhere.

“Honest and straightforward, with no sugar-coating of the challenges of bipolar disorder, Birdspell offers remarkable insight to young readers unfamiliar with mental-health issues. At the same time, it provides rare validation for those children who struggle with it in their daily lives…Birdspell is a very readable book laced with humour and grace.”
– Quill & Quire

A deep and beautifully written title that once begun is hard to put down. Despite the tragedy of the circumstances, the novel is a compelling story of strength, hope and compassion.

– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
All Lit Up: 19 Books for Canadian Children's Book Week   | 2021  |  Commended
MYRCA Sundogs Award   | 2023  |  Nominated
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Forest of Reading Silver Birch Award   | 2022  |  Nominated
Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award   | 2022  |  Short-listed