Twitch exceeds everyone’s expectations when he fights off the injured pigeon’s attackers. Yet this boy is someone very easily underestimated and underappreciated, especially by his peers. Yet his Mum and Mr Bettany and then his neighbour, Amina, know this boy is made of stellar stuff. It seems as though his grandfather’s inspiration is deep within his bones, so that he’s immersed in birding, taking home the injured pigeon to raise it with plans for training. Then again, he’s raised three chickens and has a swallow’s nest organised within his bedroom.
Not only does Corvus, as he’s registered, know every bird by sight, but he can recognise their dawn chorus cries. Then there’s his hide in Aves Wood. This place is a sanctuary, perfectly formed, hidden and ideal for birdwatching. Yet this summer, it seems that the hide might be needed in very different ways.
When an escaped robber is reported as hiding in Aves Wood, our hero is curious. Then again, he wonders if he’s meet him. Who is the man who rescues him from further attack from Jack? Why does he profess to be a birdwatcher when he cannot identify birds? Who are the girls in the wood? Why does Jack want to hang out with him? It’s all getting too close and rather too uncertain.
After the Beetle Boy series and The Highland Falcon Thief, (Adventures on Trains), acclaimed writer M.G. Leonard offers the first in a new mystery adventure series. What’s more it is thoroughly engrossing so that we believe Twitch, the setting, the mystery and drama. Bookwagon recommends this middle grade adventure highly!
Sainsbury’s Fiction Book of the Year