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Little Bird Flies by Karen McCombie

Little Bird Flies

Karen McCombie

4.25 out of 5

3 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Nosy Crow Ltd
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Publication date: 10 Jan 2019
ISBN: 9780857639103

Although she loves her island, with its wild seas and big skies, she guiltily nurses a secret dream of flight - to America and the freedom of the New World. But her family are struggling under the spiteful oppression of the new Laird, and it seems that even some of the Laird's own household are desperate to leave.

  • The TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
19 Jan 2019

"There’s heart in this Scottish adventure"

McCombie informs gently, without it feeling like double history on a Friday, and I loved her mixed-up cast and Little Bird’s courageous conversation. I see that a sequel, Little Bird Lands, is out this year. I’ll be winging my way to read it.


5 stars out of 5
Emily Bearn
1 Feb 2019

"a supremely digestible writer"

McCombie is a supremely digestible writer, who unravels a dense plot in 20 brisk chapters, with some lyrical descriptions of the landscape, plenty of domestic nitty-gritty, and a smattering of Highland history thrown in. It may all seem a far cry from the "slushy, gushy love songs" of Ally's World. And yet here, as there, McCombie displays her gift, which is to create a narrator who sounds thoroughly convincing, and to inhabit the consciousness of a child.

4 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
13 Jan 2019

"involving, evocative tale"

This involving, evocative tale, narrated by Bridie with a hint of period language, is a study of rich and poor, offering clearly drawn characters, including a benevolent laird, a charming young artist, Bridie’s dear friend Will, and a clutch of cruel and greedy members of the gentry. We always know where our sympathies lie, and events unfold suspensefully to a satisfying if open-ended resolution.