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Swordbird, Nancy Yi Fan ; illustrations by Mark Zug

Label
Swordbird
Title
Swordbird
Statement of responsibility
Nancy Yi Fan ; illustrations by Mark Zug
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Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Warring factions of blue jays and cardinals call on Swordbird, the heroic bird of peace, to rescue them from the evil machinations of Turnatt, the tyrant hawk lord who plans to enslave them
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Storyline
Character
Review
  • Gr 4–6— The Stone-Run Country is in peril. The blue jays' Bluewingle tribe and their former friends, the cardinals of the Sunrise tribe, have gone to war. Each side believes the other to have stolen its food and eggs, little suspecting the malicious hawk, Turnatt, along with his hoard of crows and ravens. Now he is intent on forcing all of the local woodbirds to work on his magnificent fortress, and it's up to a variety of brave avians to upset the villain's plans. Their only hope lies in summoning the great warrior, Swordbird, to assist them in their time of need. Fan wrote the book when she was 11 as a response to a world at war; it goes without saying that she is very talented. However, the book essentially reuses old tropes in a new setting, making the plot, pacing, and characters more than a little predictable and, for all of its charms, the story is overly familiar. Dialogue runs to the clunky with lines like, "I'll get you, me and my crew will" and "You'll pay for that, scalawag!" The greatest credit should be given to the illustrator, who took the author's imagery and made it believable as well as attractive.—Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library --Elizabeth Bird (Reviewed March 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 3, p209)
  • Turnatt, a corrupt hawk, sets out to take over the Stone Run Forest and all its feathered denizens by drafting crows and ravens to do his dirty work and by using those recruits to enslave and divide the forest's bird communities. With the help of an escaped slave, the jays, cardinals, robins and a hot-air balloon full of traveling birds mount a spirited opposition to the forces of evil in their world. This avian fantasy is an engaging and propulsive read, but as often happens with debut novels, style is not the strong point. Fantasy elements are both derivative and inconsistent, making the narrative into an extended fairytale with a few realistic birdlike trappings. Occasional stilted dialogue, unadorned prose and a derivative plot detract from the unusual use of birds as the focus of the story. Fan, currently a seventh grader in China, began Swordbird when she was ten years old—an extraordinary accomplishment for a young author. It will appeal to fans of the Mistmantle Chronicles and other animal fantasies—then lead them onward to Redwall Abbey. (Fantasy. 9-12) (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
158946
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fan, Nancy Yi
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Zug, Mark
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Swordbird
Series volume
0001
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  • Children's writings, American
  • Birds
  • War
  • Fantasy
  • Children's writings
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Swordbird, Nancy Yi Fan ; illustrations by Mark Zug
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
219 p.
Isbn
9780061131004
Isbn Type
(lib. bdg.)
Lccn
2006017720
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o70877706
  • (OCoLC)70877706
Label
Swordbird, Nancy Yi Fan ; illustrations by Mark Zug
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
219 p.
Isbn
9780061131004
Isbn Type
(lib. bdg.)
Lccn
2006017720
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o70877706
  • (OCoLC)70877706

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