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Nightjar

"Perfectly told, a story of love, healing and transformation"

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June 2023 Book of the Month | Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8

In her story of a boy who finds an injured nightjar and nurses it back to health, Katya Balen shows us a son and a father finding their way to a new understanding and a new, loving relationship.

Noah’s passion is birds and his sketches of them adorn the walls of his room in the flat he shares with his mum. His father, now based in loud, busy New York with a new partner and a kitten, doesn’t understand Noah at all and the two fall out spectacularly one night after a country walk and the discovery of the nightjar has highlighted their different attitudes to life. Taking Noah back to the woods, to release the now healed nightjar, opens his father’s eyes to different ways of living, and to the extraordinary young man his son has become.

The story is told with a poetic precision and, published by dyslexia specialists Barrington Stoke, will be accessible to all readers, its power and impact lying in the pared back telling and the truths it explores. Balen’s descriptions of the nightjar add an extra dimension and Richard Johnson’s accompanying illustrations are simply beautiful.

Andrea Reece

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