Katya Balen, illus. Richard Johnson. Barrington Stoke. (88p) ISBN: 9781800901667

Another brilliant Barrington Stoke produced book that I received through NetGalley in exchange for a review.

This tells the story of Noah, a young boy whose father has separated from his mother and lives in New York now with new partner and her child.

Noah also loves birds, he and his friend have been saving birds and releasing them along with the help of the local vet.

He’s coming up for his bar mitzvah and his dad has come across for it and when they’re out for a walk they find a sickly nightjar.

Here is where the problems and differences between Noah and father come out into the open and reach a head.

Wonderfully written and beautifully observed, this explores family and separation with a sympathetic eye and looks at people growing up and apart without being overly sentimental.

Supported throughout with brilliant illustrations from Richard Johnson this is another great story from Katya Balen and Barrington Stoke.

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