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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007332009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007332007
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a rare writing debutant indeed that launches her first novel for children so conclusively and emphatically into the "must-read" books-of-the-year category. Feather Boy charts the first, truly character-defining sequence of events in Robert Nobel's short life so far. He is often the butt of classroom jokes and pranks--and being called Norbert No-bottle all the time isn't much fun either. He secretly wants to be somebody. To have a voice. To have friends.

Robert's participation in the Elders Project begins a sequence of events that change his life forever. Selected members of his class are chosen to visit the elderly residents of Mayfield Rest Home--to interact with them, to find out about their lives and to "counter ignorant attitudes about such senior members of society". Robert's main attacker, Jonathan Niker, may think them all "vegetables", but Robert's own buried true-life personality is slowly unearthed by Edith Sorrel--a prickly resident who singles him out as her boy to talk to.

Edith is considered quite mad, haunted by the unhappy memories of a past incident involving her old home, Chance House. Her son died there under tragic circumstances that Robert compulsively needs to find out about and examine. Yet Edith is a fascinating enigma. Clearly very ill, she confides all sorts about her life in Robert yet denies the existence of her doting husband at her bedside. As Edith's condition deteriorates and the Elders Project heads towards its conclusion, Robert is drawn deeper and deeper into her story. His visits to the derelict Chance House become more frequent, and one fateful trip to sleep there overnight as a dare with Niker heralds the first step on Robert's own journey to finding out about his real self.

Nicky Singer's Feather Boy is more than just a story about bullying. It's bigger than that. It's about finding your voice, shouting from the rooftops about something you believe in, refusing to back down, helping a friend and never giving up. It's enormously uplifting, accomplished and satisfying. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“…a brilliant debut novel that really does merit the category title of Book You Cannot Put Down.”
Ian Hislop, Blue Peter Awards Judge

“Each copy should come with a torch for a spellbinding midnight conclusion.”
Telegraph

“Inventive, original and full of surprises, it’s the sort of dazzling debut novel that most publishers would fall over themselves to snap up…”
T2

“Feather Boy is the most intelligent book for youngsters I’ve read for a very long time. Every 12-year-old will see a bit of themselves in Robert and won’t be able to put this book down until Feather Boy’s emotional, thought-provoking climax. Fabulous.”
Funday Times

“This first children’s book is a winner.”
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By scruncy2008 on 15 May 2008
Format: Paperback
I read a book and it was called Feather Boy. It was great and I really liked it. It was about a boy called Robert, a lady called Ms Sorrel and a bully called Niker. Robert is always being picked on by Niker, and they go to a place called Chance House, which some say is the place where a boy jumped to his death out of the top window. I would recommend the book to 8-15 year olds.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jun 2002
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Robert Noble is the class weed, he is always getting picked on by Jonathan Niker and his gang.
He meets an old lady, Mrs Sorrel, whilst on a school project. She asks him to go to the top of Chance House, and empty building which is rumoured
to be the site of a boys death. Robert uncovers the mystery, and meets a few characters from Mrs Sorrel's past.
I enjoyed finding out the answers to the mystery.
This is not a book for children under eight. Jack Boardman (aged 8)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By luke fosbraey on 26 Jun 2003
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I'am going to tell you about the best book I've ever read and it is called Featherboy. It's all about this boy called Robert Nobel. He's always is being picked on by a bully called Niker.Because he picks on Robert every body joins in apart from a girl who Robert has a crush on and she is called Kate. The very first time I read this book the pages just jumped out of the book. I would recomend this book to any kid over 7 years it is so good, I would do just that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zenon on 5 May 2009
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Fetaher Boy is an absolutely fantastic book and is definatly on my list of all time favourite books. THe plot is great and you can never be sure of whats coming next. feather boy is a haunting yet beautiful story and its ending brings a tear to your eyes. it isnt just good for kids, im sure adults will like it too because it has a different meassge for all of us depending on our circumstances. take some time out and read this book for yourself and you wont be dissappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By King of Jam 99 on 27 April 2008
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Robert Nobel is the class bullies punching bag, he is always getting picked on a boy called Jonathon Niker. One day, Robert gets chosen to go on a school project, there he meets a strange elderly lady called Edith Sorrel. She sends Robert on a quest to make a firebird coat. This book is about friendship and self-discovery. I give this book a 4 star rating and I would recommend it to children 8 years and over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss C on 13 May 2008
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I really enjoyed this book. I loved every single moment of it. The people who put bad reviews are crazy! There is a boy called Robert but everyone calls him Norber-no bottle because he is the class dummy! Niker is his arch enemy and the class favourite. The story is about Norbert being bullied by Niker and his gang and how he escaped Niker by getting to know Mrs Sorrel and her asking him to go to Chance house and make a coat.
Some parts of it are quite emotional when Robert is being bullied. I would definitely recommend it to someone over 8.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb 2002
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When I read this book I didn't realise it was aimed at children (although the type is fairly big and well spaced!) Norbert's story is compelling with many parallels in adulthood, although Singer depicts the behaviour and obsessive tendencies of children with pinpoint accuracy. I read the book in one sitting as once started I was keen to discover the fate of the little boy with 'chickie' hair.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire Armstrong on 5 Nov 2013
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Feather Boy is, and probably always will be, my favourite book of all time. The ending is sad yet satisfying; it has the most realistic ending that I have ever heard from a book. At first Feather Boy is slow but as soon as Robert meets Mrs Sorrell his life changes for ever. There are parts in this book where you think that Niker the class bully will dominate. However, surprises may or may not happen. This book does keep you guessing, which is what I like about this book. You think you know the ending, but then it turns out not to be as simple as you thought. I would recommend this book to the age group 9 - 14 years.
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