Summer and Bird An enchanting and twisted tale of two sisters quest to find their parentsWhen their parents disappear in the middle of the night young sisters Summer and Bird set off on a quest to find them A crypti

  • Title: Summer and Bird
  • Author: Katherine Catmull
  • ISBN: 9780525953463
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An enchanting and twisted tale of two sisters quest to find their parentsWhen their parents disappear in the middle of the night, young sisters Summer and Bird set off on a quest to find them A cryptic picture message from their mother leads them to a familiar gate in the woods, but comfortable sights quickly give way to a new world entirely Down one inhabited by talkingAn enchanting and twisted tale of two sisters quest to find their parentsWhen their parents disappear in the middle of the night, young sisters Summer and Bird set off on a quest to find them A cryptic picture message from their mother leads them to a familiar gate in the woods, but comfortable sights quickly give way to a new world entirely Down one inhabited by talking birds and the evil Puppeteer queen Summer and Bird are quickly separated, and their divided hearts lead them each in a very different direction in the quest to find their parents, vanquish the Puppeteer, lead the birds back to their Green Home, and discover the identity of the true bird queen.With breathtaking language and deliciously inventive details, Katherine Catmull has created a world unlike any other, skillfully blurring the lines between magic and reality and bringing to life a completely authentic cast of characters and creatures.

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    1. [1.5 Stars] This was boring, flowery, and far too vague for my liking. I'm all for strange and prettily written books, but this one I just couldn't connect to at all. In part it was the writing and in part it was the ridiculously annoying and not relatable characters. The writing wasn't for me. I can see its merit and it is the only reason this got a 1.5 instead of a 1 star rating, but seriously everything felt just a little too alien for me. Would not recommend it no matter how pretty the cover [...]

    2. This came so close to being a haunting, eerie little fable-tale. Prose that borders on lush describing fairytale twists, at times it's lovely and at others it misses the mark completely. So much potential that breaks through at unexpected and delightful moments, leaving the reader wanting oh so much more - a more that is never quite delivered.

    3.  I spent ages looking for this book and I finally got it for my birthday, I was so happy! Well This is a very difficult book to rate. First of all, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the writing itself - it's beautiful and it manages to be both whimsical and serious, which is a feat unto itself. Those 2 stars? That's all the writing. The thing is, the pretty writing was all that kept me reading. I couldn't connect with the characters at all, there was little to differentiate the way the s [...]

    4. Once upon a time, a young man fell in love with the beautiful Swan Queen. He stole and hid her swan robe and the Queen fell in love with him because he had part of her soul.Once upon a time (and at around that same time) a dancer wished for nothing more than to be the Queen of the Birds. She found the hidden Swan Queen’s robe and took it away leaving the Swan Queen stranded as a human and her bird-courtiers bereft and lost. The dancer became the bird’s Regent and a Grand Master of Events.Onc [...]

    5. Summer and Bird is a lot like a Neil Gaiman novel, and that said, it will appeal to a wide age range. It's about two girls who's mother is the Queen of the birds, and who has suddenly found her lost swan skin that will allow her to retake her bird form. She runs away to lead the birds to their true home, and her two daughters race to follow her into Down, a parallel world to ours where everything is a lot more magical. The youngest, Bird, has always felt like she should be a bird, and that is he [...]

    6. Characters:Summer: One of two main characters, Summer is the older sister. Summer is responsible and big-sisterly trying to take charge and control the situation when their parents disappear. I really enjoyed every chapter from Summer's perspective and even though she could be annoying at times (in the "I'm older than you, so we'll do what I say" kind of way that big sisters have) it was character appropriate annoyingness, which only made her character stronger.Bird: One of two main characters, [...]

    7. This is one of those books I think everyone should read. Does it have some flaws? Yes, of course it does. The very, very end was unsatisfying but everything else was great.I think, maybe, that this was one of those books that came around at just the right time for me. I identified with one of the main characters, Summer, so hard that it hurt some times: the big sister who is not-so-secretly jealous of her younger sister's untameable ways."All their lives, Bird had been the difficult one, the unm [...]

    8. This story has crept under my skin. It invaded my heart and brought tears to my eyes. At times I was enthralled with it, and at times I was angry. My rating, that has gone up to five and down to three, is now resting calmly on a four.I typically like to read Disney-like fairytales. The ones where the prince and princess fall in love and live happily ever after with the sweet forest animals to forever be their friends. But, like the book says, those scenes with Cinderella and her helpful bird com [...]

    9. I thought this was beautiful written, evocative, well-imagined. I like that the problems posed weren't easily solved, that even once the characters were able to make their explanations to each other, the hurt and confusion still lingered and had to be worked through, just like in real life. I might have wished for a 'happier' ending, but I appreciate the reality of it, that it doesn't just tie up the character's lives in a neat bow- after all none of them are ninety, they still have a lot of lif [...]

    10. I would rank this one no stars if possible. The book moved at such an excruciatingly slow pace that I gave up on it halfway through. Two sisters wake up one morning to find their parents are missing, so they start out on a quest into the forest to find them. Apparently, the mother is really a swan who can change back and forth into human form and the younger daughter, Bird, just longs to be a bird. Yeah. Yuck.

    11. Unbelievable. Extraordinary characters, wonderful writing, it just filled up my bones. Absolutely incredible. An all-ages book, written in a way that actually appeals to all ages, with an honesty that is only found in the best of the genre. Please read this.

    12. An enchanting—and twisted—tale of two sisters’ quest to find their parentsWhen their parents disappear in the middle of the night, young sisters Summer and Bird set off on a quest to find them. A cryptic picture message from their mother leads them to a familiar gate in the woods, but comfortable sights quickly give way to a new world entirely—Down—one inhabited by talking birds and the evil Puppeteer queen. Summer and Bird are quickly separated, and their divided hearts lead them each [...]

    13. Having glanced at a few reviews of this book previously, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. However, the cover was captivating enough that I kept an eye out for it, and when a friend gifted me a hardcover copy for Christmas, I dove right on.Having finished it yesterday at last, I decided it was time to write a review. What sort of a review, though, I wasn't sure--it's hard to put into words what I felt about this book. Overall, it was a compelling read that I enjoyed and will definitely pres [...]

    14. In Katherine Catmull's eloquent debut novel, Summer and Bird are two girls facing a time-honored fairy tale trial: their parents have run away to the Woods, and so they go on a quest to find them and to bring them back home. This story doesn't have a Disney style fairy tale's cheerful adventures, persistent cuteness, and the promise of a happy ending. Instead Summer and Bird uses an unsettling and grim magical realism that reminded me of del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. Magical realism isn't a common [...]

    15. This is more like a 3.5/5 or a 7/10 for me. After reading the first couple of chapters I was sold on the mystery and on my emotional attachment to these girls. I also was enjoying the lyrical writing. It reminded me in the beginning of Cat Valente's writing style in the Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, and that is one of my favorite books EVER. So I fully expected to be totally invested in the rest of the book. Except I wasn't. There was a lot of repetitiveness and lyrical writing seemed grat [...]

    16. This is possibly the best middle grade book I have ever read in my life. It is a book like a music box, old and dusty and you think it won't play, but when it does, the song is so bright and loud and clear, your mouth drops open and you feel a few tears in your eyes. That is how this book is. This is a book about birds. About a mother and her daughters. About sisters, very different sisters. About how when you love someone, you oftentimes hurt them and you don't mean to, you want to take it back [...]

    17. This book was pure magic. I started it expecting great things, and I was not disappointed. From the beginning I was drawn in, ensnared by the lovely web of the story, and I didn't want to break free. If you love tales of sisters, of magic, of fairy tales, of longing and myth and birds, this book is for you. Favorite quote:"But when you find your soul, you have to go. When you find your true shape, when the wind lifts you up, when you remember who you are, you have to go."

    18. I really wanted to love this book--and I did love many parts of it. But the beginning and end were just too damn long. Lots of beautiful imagery and folklore and zero plot progression, with lots of arbitrary obstacles to stretch it out even more. The climax in particular is extremely convoluted and confusing. If I were a ten-year-old, I'm not sure I would have gotten through it.

    19. Reading this beautiful book was like discovering a secret part of my soul. I understand this book, and I feel like it understands me, as weird as that is to say. It's a sad, joyous, heartbreaker of a story, and one that will linger with me for a long time.

    20. I've come to the end of my reading journey with this book. Page 205. I want to like it, but it's a bit of a trudge with the feeling of being made up as it goes along. If I liked the characters, then I might press on, but Summer and Bird's personalities aren't defined. They are like the heroes of ancient lore where ordeal after ordeal befalls them as they persevere, but the journey they are on is the author's, not theirs. As such, they are blanks to project the author's message, delivered via met [...]

    21. You read a lot of good stories in children's books, but reading good writing, let alone EXCELLENT writing can be a rarity. This book is like a faery tale is the oldest sense of the word--full of danger, and sacrifice, and nobility, and magic, and quests, and love, and revenge, and evil, and triumph--I couldn't put it down. Even now, I can't stop thinking about it and bits and pieces of it keep coming back to me (there's so much deeper in it). Truly amazing. This is not a light read. This has som [...]

    22. One morning Summer and Bird wake up to find their parents gone. Following a picture message their mother has left, Summer and Bird find themselves in and underground world of birds, where their Queen, a swan, has been missing for 13 years. In her place is the Puppeteer, who has plotted to take over, if only she can have the swan queen's robe. Separated, Summer and Bird go on very different journeys, each seeking her heart's desire.The story is loosely based on a number of fairy tales where swans [...]

    23. I'm not going to be able to write a quick, short review or summary of this book. It is not a simple plot or character-driven story. It weaves many characters, conflicts, and ideas together through multiple interconnected and dreamlike settings (Up and Down, forest, plain, river, swan castle, attainable border of the birds, the Green Home) in language that is arrestingly beautiful, highly figurative, and descriptive. The story combines mythology, fairy-tales, childhood rhymes, a few diary entries [...]

    24. Ugh, this book. It started off so well! Very lyrical, fairytale-esque, and somewhere along the lines, it just kind of lost the plot. Literally. Long about the part with the magic house, the rooms with the gifts, and the seemingly never-ending interlude in the World Tree, I checked way out. And this was somewhere around page 150 or so, and it never ever got me back. Finishing the rest was a chore after that, but by that time I was too invested not to finish. I get that those things ended up being [...]

    25. 1.5I've been putting off rating/reviewing this story, because I really can't decide whether to go 1-star or 2. I'm going 2 for the time being, with the above caveat of 1.5 - but this might change at some future point.The blurb of the book makes the story sound like an action-adventure sort of story - the two girls have to find their parents, but get separated along the way. What adventures and pitfalls await them?And this happens.But it reads more like a story about families and secrets and feel [...]

    26. Dutton Children's Books, 2012Fantasy344 pagesRecommended for gradesWell, I don't really know!Some quick things first: Catmull pulled the lucky card on her cover art, because this cover is stunning. And can we just take a moment to mourn all the excellent books out there that have the most awful covers EVER? I truly don't know what some publishers are thinking. Anyway, the cover is what drew me to this book at the book store. The blurbs were enticing, and I was truly wanting to find out what this [...]

    27. I just finished Summer & Bird. It’s brilliant. But not because it’s beautifully written (which it is), or a lovely story (which it becomes) – it’s great because somewhere along the line, no matter who you are or where you come from, you see your own hopes and fears and desires and dilemmas through the eyes of the two sisters who are trying to put their world back together.Summer and Bird make their way through a landscape that is nothing like ours, and everything like ours. Who hasn [...]

    28. Summer and Bird is not what I expected, but I am happier for having read it. Summer and Bird are the daughters of the swan queen, and accidentally fall into Down, the world of birds. There, they are split apart by circumstance, and younger sister Bird meets the Puppeteer, a conniving woman who seeks to overthrow the queen to become queen herself. She poisons Bird's mind and makes promises she will never keep. Meanwhile, older sister Summer meets a mysterious man that teaches her to look deeper, [...]

    29. This week, I read a book called Summer and Bird. It is about two girls who wake up to find their parents missing; and the door in the back of their parents closet was wide open. Summer and Bird have never in their life seen the door open. In the closet, there was a picture letter that had a sun, a bird, a gate, a heart, and a swan on it. Later that day, the two girls ventured out to the forest to look for their parents. Eventually, the girls get lost and cant find their way back to the house. Wi [...]

    30. This is a beautiful and surprising book that I'm so glad I found. This was on the giveaway table at work and I picked it up in the midst of a sort of book hangover after reading the Song of Ice and Fire series. I was still so immersed in that world, with my head caught up with those characters, that I felt at a loss for what to read next. The imagery is so evocative that it curled right into my heart. I love stories that feel like this: fairytales that are dark and true and embrace the natural w [...]

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