Mrs Ewing, Woolmer Hill School
The story begins when Nicky and his brother, who has special needs, rescue a rook after it has been attacked by a sparrowhawk. The family have been through some tough times but things are starting to get better until Nicky runs into trouble at school. The story contrasts the rooks struggle for survival with Nicky's struggles with a bully at school (who also happens to be the brother of the girl he has a crush on).
Things are not as straightforward as they seem and the decisions Nicky chooses to make and the consequences of those decisions mirror what happens to the bird at the beginning of the story. This is a very thought provoking story that challenges you to question what motivates people to act in the way that they do. The characters have depth and you feel real empathy and affection for them.
Posted on: 4th April 2018 at 02:56 pm
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