When a swallow makes a promise it must be kept or the swallow dies.
As autumn sets in on a Yorkshire farm the swallows prepare to leave. Nidae, a courageous male bird, makes a promise to ten-year-old Jamie, who has a terminal illness, that he will find a cure and return with it in the spring. So begins an adventure that crosses continents, oceans and all the boundaries of emotion; fear, hope, sadness and joy. A bond is forged between a small bird and a young island girl that is inspirational.
Jill Hopkins has studied the flight of swallows. She describes with unerring accuracy their swift, low skimming over the morning meadows; the flight of the flock at a steady altitude on their annual migration; the aerobatics of the young swallows showing off and the hero’s brave solo flight to the Island of Smoke. (Swallows don’t like to fly long distances on their own.)
Long listed for the Rubery Book Award
Voted to second place by the public for The People’s Book Prize 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9556169-2-1 / 978-0-9556169-1-4
Publication Date: 2008
Format: Paperback / Hardback
Pages: 208 / 102
Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm
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