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Be Light Like a Bird [PDF / Epub] ☀ Be Light Like a Bird By Monika Schröder – Thomashillier.co.uk After the death of her father, twelve year old Wren finds her life thrown into upheaval And when her mother decides to pack up the car and forces Wren to leave the only home she s ever known, the fami After the death of her father, twelve year Like a ePUB ↠ old Wren finds her life thrown into Be Light Kindle - upheaval And when her mother decides to pack up the car and forces Wren to leave Light Like a PDF Ì the only home she s ever known, the family grows even fractured As she and her mother struggle to build a new life, Wren must confront issues with the environment, peer pressure, bullying, and most of all, the difficulty of forgiving those who don t deserve it A quirky, emotional middle grade novel set in Michigans Upper Peninsula, Be Light Like a Bird features well drawn, unconventional characters and explores what it means to be a family and the secrets and lies that can tear one apart.


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  1. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    This book was so sad, so sweet, so good I found this little hardback in my many stacks of books that I m sorting through The author sent this to me in 2016 All I can say is it s nice to find a gem amongst the chaos I loved this so much FOR ME, it was perfect Mel This book was so sad, so sweet, so good I found this little hardback in my many stacks of books that I m sorting through The author sent this to me in 2016 All I can say is it s nice to find a gem amongst the chaos I loved this so much FOR ME, it was perfect Mel


  2. Bethan Watson Bethan Watson says:

    Wow, what a poignant story This novel surrounds a young twelve year old girl named Wren who lost her father in an airplane crash Wren is struggling to come to terms with her grief, and what s evenupsetting is that her mother is too This causes a fracture in their relationship with one another This is a fantastic story for younger readers about how to deal with losing a loved one and the affect it will have not only on yourself but those around you The issues covered are very relevant Wow, what a poignant story This novel surrounds a young twelve year old girl named Wren who lost her father in an airplane crash Wren is struggling to come to terms with her grief, and what s evenupsetting is that her mother is too This causes a fracture in their relationship with one another This is a fantastic story for younger readers about how to deal with losing a loved one and the affect it will have not only on yourself but those around you The issues covered are very relevant I loved the relationship between Wren and Theo who recently lost his mother to cancer and the blossoming of friendship between them.The book covers love, grief and most of all forgiveness I would have loved a book like this when I was a teenager, I even wish I would have been able to read it then.I would like to thank NetGalley and Capstone for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review


  3. Whispering Stories Whispering Stories says:

    When I was approached by the author about this book, I took a little while to decide whether I wanted to read it or not I was very intrigued, and was drawn to it, but not sure how I would cope with the plot as my own father has recently passed away.But Monika s writing style has an ease to it She make s you feel comfortable whilst reading about a difficult subject, and although it has quite a few emotional scenes, I was surprised that I was never brought to tears.Be Light Like A Bird, is a Chi When I was approached by the author about this book, I took a little while to decide whether I wanted to read it or not I was very intrigued, and was drawn to it, but not sure how I would cope with the plot as my own father has recently passed away.But Monika s writing style has an ease to it She make s you feel comfortable whilst reading about a difficult subject, and although it has quite a few emotional scenes, I was surprised that I was never brought to tears.Be Light Like A Bird, is a Children s YA book, that deals with some hard hitting issues It follows the life of twelve year old Wren, and her ever increasingly distant mum, after the death of her father, in a plane crash.When her mum throws all of her fathers belongings out, packs up the family car and moves them away from the only home that Wren has ever known, Wren is devastated, and hates her mum Especially after she makes them move three times in a short space of time.For such a young girl, Wren feels like she has the weight of the world on her shoulders, and the one person who should be there to comfort her, and tell her everything is going to be alright, is the one person making her lifemiserable Not only has her mum stopped having a relationship with her, but she won t even allow Wren to mention her father s name Wren eventually see s red when her mum gets rid of the only possession that she had left of her father, his beloved Volvo.When they finally seem to settle in a town called Pyramid, Wren gets to attend the local school Unfortunately, she is teamed up with the Geek of the class on a school project Over time with the Geek , Theo s help, Wren starts to enjoy life again, especially when they start campaigning to stop the local pond being turned into a refuse site.When her mum lets her into a secret she has been hiding, Wren accuses her of lying, but deep down she knows that her mum is telling the truth, she just doesn t want to believe it To me though, the secret that her mum had been keeping from her daughter didn t justify the way that she treated her I also feel that she should never of told her, as it only added to the hurt that Wren was already feeling.One of the many things that I like about the book, apart from the interesting and unique storyline, was that Monika has kept the chapters really short, something that I feel gives this an added interest to children and YA readers Her writing style has a natural flow to it and reminded me of Kate Dicamillo s books.This is a must read It s engaging, emotional, fun, interesting, and gripping It has realistic characters that you can connect with Most importantly it certainly won t leave you disappointed.Reviewed by Stacey at www.whisperingstories.com


  4. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    Coincidentally, I ve now read two MG books in a row in which the dad dies and the mom handles it badly Both times the mom has a reason view spoiler here it s because Mom found out about Dad s affair while cleaning out his stuff hide spoiler and in both there s another story on the side, in this case a fight to save a patch of nature from the bulldozers of a landfill owner I prefer this book The issues are handleddeftly, and the mom s behavior, while apparentlyextreme, is mo Coincidentally, I ve now read two MG books in a row in which the dad dies and the mom handles it badly Both times the mom has a reason view spoiler here it s because Mom found out about Dad s affair while cleaning out his stuff hide spoiler and in both there s another story on the side, in this case a fight to save a patch of nature from the bulldozers of a landfill owner I prefer this book The issues are handleddeftly, and the mom s behavior, while apparentlyextreme, isexcusable There is, however, a bit of a fairy tale element to this, in that too many thing happen just right on the way to a happy ending.Following Fake Man also has some lucky coincidences, and is not quite as well written But it s also worth reading The side story in that is a mystery about this man who goes around in disguise dubbed Fake Man by the MC , and there s also some great ideas about art the artistic temperament In that book the mom faces dual challenges of migraines and view spoiler inability to cope with grief, to the point where she d actually been institutionalized when Dad died, when the MC was tiny hide spoiler I will considerby Schr der.But nodeath of parents for a while, please


  5. Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes) Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes) says:

    Hard hitting books that get you right in the emotional gut are hard to read, but for some reason when the book is meant for those middle grade readers out there I find them even harder to stomach There is just something about them when I know that they are meant for a pretty young audience that really gets me Maybe it is because I wish I could shelter these readers forever from such pain and suffering even though I know there are those out there that have already suffered through what the book Hard hitting books that get you right in the emotional gut are hard to read, but for some reason when the book is meant for those middle grade readers out there I find them even harder to stomach There is just something about them when I know that they are meant for a pretty young audience that really gets me Maybe it is because I wish I could shelter these readers forever from such pain and suffering even though I know there are those out there that have already suffered through what the book is dealing with or worse.Of course Be Light Like a Bird falls into this category I had no idea what to expect when I picked up the book I am sure I had read the blurb about it back when the author requested a review from me, but I kind of forgot Then, of course, I didn t bother reading the blurb again when I finally picked up the book to read it I just went for it.Be Light Like a Bird is about a young girl named Wren Wren is only 12 years old and already has to go through an unimaginable life experience Her father has died in an airplane crash leaving herself and her mother without any money and their small family in turmoil You see, for whatever reason she might have, Wren s mother refuses to talk about Wren s father She won t talk about his death, his life, nothing She doesn t even have a service for him This leaves Wren to deal with the loss of her father all on her own.And her mother really isn t making the whole thing easy Her mother and her have to move And then her mother will date a guy for a couple weeks even though her father has been gone for only a month or so and then when they break up she has them move again This doesn t allow Wren to form any roots or to make any friends Making her feel evenalone and confused.Eventually Wren and her mother end up in a town called Pyramid where most of our story happens Not only is this a story of loss, family struggles, and relationships, but it is also a story of finding a cause and fighting for it Be Light Like a Bird really has a lot in its pages for us to take in So what did I ultimately think of this book and the story it contained I found it very very hard to put down I found myself turning the pages wanting to understand what was going on I found myself wondering what exactly was going on with Wren s mother In short, I really enjoyed it There was one part in the book, very early on, that I found a little awkward to read It was when Wren s uncle came to visit shortly after the death of her father I found his narrative to be veryodd and off and not very realistic especially for the age bracket I had mentally stuck him in Thankfully he only makes this one extremely short appearance and no one else talks like this for the rest of the book.The rest of the book was good though It felt like it was written correctly for a middle grade reader It was on a tough topic, but it wasn t overly detailed on topics or anything This left it still having a feeling of hope and, at points, a lightness which made it not as tough to get through as it could have been.With all the things covered in this book though, I think parents guardians teachers should be ready to have conversations that may pop up as a result of reading this book They will happen and they are not going to be easy conversations by any means.This review is based on a copy provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.Findof my reviews here


  6. Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his) Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his) says:

    3.5I think it s official I like middle grade better than YA I d much rather read about the issues a middle schooler faces than the issues a high schooler does So, thank you Monika Schr der, Netgalley, and Capstone for giving me the chance to really discover that with this book.All that being said, it s a good book Not the best middle grade I ve read, but still very good In summary, a girl s father dies in a plane crash, body never recovered, and must learn about grief and death That s the 3.5I think it s official I like middle grade better than YA I d much rather read about the issues a middle schooler faces than the issues a high schooler does So, thank you Monika Schr der, Netgalley, and Capstone for giving me the chance to really discover that with this book.All that being said, it s a good book Not the best middle grade I ve read, but still very good In summary, a girl s father dies in a plane crash, body never recovered, and must learn about grief and death That s the basic story of it all, one that I ve seen done before While I thought that it was all very neatly tied up, and that most of the side characters didn t feel expanded enough or were just there to make things easy for the wrap up, I enjoyed a couple of things done.First, the friendship between Theo and Wren It was just so sweet If this was a YA book, there would have been romance between them rather than a friendship I much prefer reading about friendships than the whole will they won t they shit in YA, usually with a love triangle tacked on to make it interesting It was completely pure and sweet between Theo and Wren Two people who understand what the other is going through, and is there to just help The school outcasts The most touching scene in the book was between them, and it was played down when I just wantedof that sort of gut punch.Second, the truth of middle school populars Everyone remembers the populars in school I remember mine, trying to fit in with them and be someone who I just wasn t How stuck up most of them are Although, it is a stereotype because not all popular people are like that, just a whole lot of them it made me cringe and picture very specific people for those slots And, third, a great snapshot of a parent grieving This is another very small portion of the book, but it was one of my favorites You can see a portrait of a mother going through her grief, all while trying to keep it together for her child It s sad and since I m an adult it meansbecause I can understand what Wren felt, plus what her mother did.So, while there were a few things that didn t work for me plotwise, it was overall a good book


  7. Jen Jen says:

    Slightly spoilery Proceed at your own risk Trigger warning A parent dies in the book, off screen, but dealing with it is part of the plot This book is, I feel, appropriate for middle readers It has some very serious subject matter, the 13 year old protagonist s father died in an airplane crash, he left the family with no money so they lose the house I don t think that s a major spoiler, since it happens in the first few pages The mother is not handling the loss well AT ALL, which irked me Slightly spoilery Proceed at your own risk Trigger warning A parent dies in the book, off screen, but dealing with it is part of the plot This book is, I feel, appropriate for middle readers It has some very serious subject matter, the 13 year old protagonist s father died in an airplane crash, he left the family with no money so they lose the house I don t think that s a major spoiler, since it happens in the first few pages The mother is not handling the loss well AT ALL, which irked me until we find out why towards the end of the book There is a good reason and it is completely understandable, but until you find out, you are VERY mad with the mom for not being there for her daughter Wren The characters, while secondary ones were slightly trope y, the main ones reacted realistically to what was happening around and to them The plot was serious in tone and slightly depressing, but it might help a child who is going through the loss of a parent to read about someone who is going through the same thing The setting was kind of Anywhere, USA to me, but the environmental and civic messages were solid They deal with the location in the book, hence me mentioning it in the setting portion of my review It makes sense when you read it The ending kind of tied everything up way too neatly, but for the age this is being marketed to, it works and is comforting I think When there is that much seriousness and sadness beforehand, one needs something to balance it out The ending does that well I believe This isof a 4.5 than 4 star book, but I rounded down because the plot, while good, went in a very one direction way You could see the ending coming and every rest stop on the way NOT a bad thing, it works for the age group, but I thought it was a bit too telegraphed for me Good for that age, not for mine I would recommend it to middle readers and up.My thanks to NetGalley and Capstone Young Readers for an eARC copy of this book to read and review


  8. Cassandra Cassandra says:

    Netgalley send me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Really enjoyed this one, lots of great morals especially if the intended audience reads this story highly recommend Full review here Netgalley send me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Really enjoyed this one, lots of great morals especially if the intended audience reads this story highly recommend Full review here


  9. Cynthia Cynthia says:

    A death in a family is like an earthquake It rocks everyone in a different way, and no one individual fully appreciates the impact on the others In addition, the struggle to cope can be greater when the loss reveals harsh secrets This is the situation in which we find a cast of expertly drawn characters in Be Light Like a Bird foremost, 12 year old Wren and her mother, who are struggling to cope with the death of her father in an aircraft accident over the ocean There is no body to bury, and A death in a family is like an earthquake It rocks everyone in a different way, and no one individual fully appreciates the impact on the others In addition, the struggle to cope can be greater when the loss reveals harsh secrets This is the situation in which we find a cast of expertly drawn characters in Be Light Like a Bird foremost, 12 year old Wren and her mother, who are struggling to cope with the death of her father in an aircraft accident over the ocean There is no body to bury, and thus, one less way to process grief While the inciting incident evokes feelings of sorrow, it is also the launch point for hope It is impossible not to root for Wren and her mother as they struggle to accept and transcend the loss, each in their own imperfect way Their journey involves a few precipitous moves that yank Wren from one school to another and evoke empathy for a girl who longs for roots and re centering Finally, Wren meets a boy who has lost his mother to cancer, and together they take on the project of saving a local pond and bird haven from being turned into a landfill The task involves garnering the strength to stand up to psychological demons and real life bullies and leads to a satisfying ending Told in the first person from Wren s point of view, this extraordinarily well crafted book illustrates how an author can capture the full value of feelings of secondary characters from the close perspective of one Anyone who has written in the first person will tell you that this is a very challenging endeavor, particularly with a story that is so emotionally charged Schroeder has managed here to give us the perfect narrative blend of internal monologue and showing rather than telling These are unforgettable characters in a memorable story It should be read not only for its lovely prose and literary value a study of grief, peer pressure, parental struggles and environmental topics but for its superb craft


  10. Brittany Brittany says:

    I found this book to be tremendously moving and it will be perfect for my collection of novels dealing with grief, truth, expression, bullying, and friendship loyalty in my classroom library Wren is such a powerful and impressive young woman, who is both weighed down by sorrow and lifted by her determination I love her steadfast adoration of her late father and her honest disdain for her mother, who isn t handling her spouse s death in the most mature or helpful manner for Wren.This book has s I found this book to be tremendously moving and it will be perfect for my collection of novels dealing with grief, truth, expression, bullying, and friendship loyalty in my classroom library Wren is such a powerful and impressive young woman, who is both weighed down by sorrow and lifted by her determination I love her steadfast adoration of her late father and her honest disdain for her mother, who isn t handling her spouse s death in the most mature or helpful manner for Wren.This book has so many themes wrapped into its rather short 230ish pages There is the concept of civil discourse and standing up for what you believe in with Wren and Theo s campaign to save the pond There is the idea that bullies need to be told they are wrong, as is the case with Carrie Mostly, there is the theme that with transparency comes helpRandle, Theo, Wren s teachers, the community all come her aide, once she finally humbles herself enough to ask.There is so much symbolism in this novel, that as an adult, I appreciated the beauty of the writing on a whole different level I am not such if many middle grade students will get it, but those who do, they will surely fall in love.Regardless, this book, was a welcome surprise and a lovely story


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