Deborah Kerbel

“When I was three years old, Mom plucked a curly white feather out of my neck. If I get scared or the loneliness comes over me, I run my fingertip over the tiny scar and dream about the day the rest of my feathers will grow in. That's the day I'll fly away from here.” For eleven-year-old Finch, there couldn't be a better time to fly away from her life. Her dad died last year and her mom hasn't been the same since, her best friend dropped her, and her brother's awful classmate is too mean for words. But when a girl named Pinky moves in next door, a girl from India who also doesn't seem to fit in, Finch feels a flicker of hope that her life might just be turning around. And when something terrible happens and it seems Finch may be the only one who can help her new friend, she comes to understand that flying is not the answer --- sometimes right where you are is the best place to be.

Author Deborah Kerbel has created a central character readers will connect with immediately in this captivating middle-grade novel. With a keen understanding of the particular difficulties facing girls as they enter adolescence, this powerfully written book is about learning to believe in yourself, finding the courage to do what you think is right and recognizing the difference you can make in the lives of others. It is both a compelling page-turner and an excellent reference for classroom discussions on loss, bullying, racism, learning difficulties and mental health.

978-1-77138-342-4 | Jan 1, 2018
List Price: USD $12.99, CAD $12.99
Grades: 4 To 8 / Ages: 9 to 13
978-1-77138-681-4 | Apr 1, 2016
List Price: USD $7.99, CAD $7.99

Awards & Reviews

“Set in 1980 during Terry Fox's marathon, Finch's story still rings true today.”
— Kirkus Reviews, February 2016
“Traces of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) and David Almond's Skellig (1998) run through the delicate narrative, which stands firmly on its own.”
— Booklist, March 2016
“... preteen readers will be able to relate to many of the challenges that [Finch] faces and will want to follow her as she lifts her family and her friend out of their grim situations.”
— Resource Links, June 2016
“Feathered is engaging and moving in equal measures, and many readers will empathize with the character's feelings of loneliness and awkwardness.”
— Canadian Children's Book News, August 2016
2017 - Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature, Koffler Centre of the Arts, Short-listed
2016 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner