After his dad dies, Stride turns to his dad's pet bird, Ferd for comfort and he vows to make sure nothing in his life changes so dramatically ever again.
'...a beautifully constructed coming-of-age story, full of fine descriptive writing and acute observations...high literary quality...the novel is characterised by its integrity, its honest examination of complex family relationships and its exquisite language. Recommended for young teenagers.'Magpies, Vol 22'...tackles the themes of loss, change and family relationships, and is told in a realistic manner...a great class novel to be taught at upper primary and middle years.'Bookseller + Publisher, July 2007
Jenni Overend is a teacher and writer. She lives in the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia with her husband and four children. She avoids writing and housework at all costs by gardening, riding a yellow bicycle, and observing big trees and small dogs.