Feather Boy (Blue Peter Book Awards Winner) Paperback – 2 Jan 2002
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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
“Inventive, original and full of surprises, it’s the sort of dazzling debut novel that most publishers would fall over themselves to snap up…”
“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 themself in Robert and won’t be able to put this book down until Feather Boy’s emotional, thought-provoking climax. Fabulous.”
“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, never giving up. It’s enormously uplifting.”
“Feather Boy is simply fabulous… an emotionally intense suspense novel of the highest order”
Michael Thorn, Achuka
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Top Customer Reviews
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)
My favourite characters are Robert and Mrs sorrell. I like Robert because he is sort of like me and Mrs Sorrell because of that she believes in Robert and she is very nice but sometimes be nasty.
My favourite parts are when Robert stood up to Nicker, the bully, and the bit at the end but I am NOT going to spoil the ending for you. why? because it is a very great ending! I like it because it is great.Sometimes it made me feel happy and sometimes it makes me feel very, very,sad.
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Great book, just like the TV drama adaption I watched when I was a childPublished 22 months ago by Gabbie
Perfect for the age range, I'm a teacher and am going to be reading this to my class- can't wait!Published on 7 Sept. 2013 by Elderflowercordial
This is a fantastic book.My 11 year old who doesn't like reading finished it in two days.I am looking for more books by Nicky Singer to encourage her to read.Published on 5 April 2013 by Jones
I remember winning this book when i was 9, but i never got a chance to read it 'till i was 14 as my friend saw it on my bookshelf and told me it was great. Read morePublished on 20 Oct. 2009 by Emma Weatherall
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. Read morePublished on 5 May 2009 by Zenon
I really enjoyed this book. I loved every single moment of it. The people who put bad reviews are crazy! Read morePublished on 13 May 2008 by Guided reading Shepley
Feather boy book is about a boy named Robert and a bully named niker.Niker always bullys Robert and call's him Norbet. Read morePublished on 29 April 2008 by J. K. Richardson