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What the Birds See, Sonya Hartnett


This book was rather dark and depressing. Within the first few chapters, three children go missing, a young boy lists the things he finds frightening (including sea monsters, getting lost in grows, being forgotten at school, and spontaneous combustion), a young man dies in a car crashed by his best friend, and a father dies of cancer. The book is powerfully written — you get a strong impression of who Adrian is and what concerns him day by day — but the conclusion is dark and dreary. I’m not sure that it would really be a good recommendation for teens. I would be hard-pressed to think of any situation in which I would recommend this book.

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