Winner of the Eilis Dillon Memorial Award. Adam's Starling tells the story of nine-year-old Adam who is finding life very diffficult. At home no-one has any time for him and at school bullies pick on him.
Adam's Starling tells the story of a nine year old boy who is finding life difficult. At home, no-one has any time for him. At school things are even worse - a gang of bullies has singled Adam out for punishment. Life is becoming increasingly difficult for Adam. But then a scruffy little starling comes into Adam's life. This is Adam's secret, his own special friend. But can Adam's defend his small friend against the bullies? Will he find the courage he has needed all along?
beautifully told -- Woman's Way all the elements in this story blend perfectly in a carefully measured way that make it a compulsive read -- Irish Examiner deserves another look -- Evening Echo still as relevant today -- Books Ireland a perceptive and very moving story which will resonate with many readers - bullies and the bullied. An excellent opportunity for discussion of this emotive subject -- parentsintouch.co.uk This story has tremendous potential for classroom use. An extremely thought-provoking book that would be an easy read for most 9- to 11-year olds. -- Janet McGonagle - Children's Books in Ireland Children's Books in Ireland What an impressive debut! ... This book convincingly captures life's hassles. Perdue is exceptionally good on Adam's various relationships ... (her) handling of the Adam/Grandad scenes are not only brilliant, they are also genuinely moving, and the starling plot is never allowed to become tweety-sweety. My nine-year-old thought it fantastic. -- Niall MacMonagle - The Irish Times This book is touching and sometimes sad. It would be great for children aged 8 upward. -- Teenage reviewer Catherine O'Mahony, iQ magazine This is a good story told with much lively dialogue and it will sustain children's interest through thirteen quite meaty chapters. -- The Sch