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Publisher's Summary

If only 9-year-old Bird Jackson could fly away from her life of poverty and abuse, in which violence and despair seem to overwhelm hope and love. Instead young Bird must face her struggles and limitations. How to overcome them becomes clearer when she meets Miss Zora, a mysterious and kindly black healer whose prayers over the bones of winged creatures are meant to guide their souls to heaven. Miss Zora's wisdom sheds light on Bird's world, facilitating her journey of self-discovery and allowing her to meet the challenge of her name.
Recording (P)1997 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1996 by Connie May Fowler
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Critic Reviews

"From the first sentences of this novel, listeners are entranced both by its vivid sense of place and people, as well as the author's lilting, twangy Southern accent...There aren?t many audiobook stories of self-discovery as engaging as this one." (AudioFile)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Barbara on 01-09-16

Way Way Better than Secret Life of Bees

A young girl tries to "come of age" while her family collapses around her. She's rescued by a mysterious woman with seemingly magical powers. Similar story to Secret Life of Bees but way way better.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-13-18

Amazing Must Read

Written in third person from a young child, this book will leave you grateful, sad, and hopeful for her past and present.

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