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The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker

Written by Matilda Woods

Key Stage 2

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This beautifully written short novel transports young readers to a very different time and place to learn universal truths about caring for others.

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The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker Synopsis

This luminous tale of loss, love and finding family is threaded through with the power of storytelling, and a touch of magic. 'A giant of a little thing', as Alberto would say, The Boy, the Bird, & the Coffin Maker reads like a classic. Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars. Alberto lives alone in the town of Allora, where fish fly out of the sea and the houses shine like jewels. He is a coffin maker, spending his quiet, solitary days creating the final resting places of Allora's people. Until the day a mysterious boy and his magical bird arrive - flying from danger and searching for a safe haven. Tito is fearful, suspicious of kindness, but as the winter days grow colder and darker, Alberto's home grows warmer and brighter. Can Tito and his bird be sheltered from the town's prying eyes and the shadows of their past? A story of life and death and of how hope can burn bright in a place faded by sadness.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781407178691
Publication date: 4th May 2017
Author: Matilda Woods
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2

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