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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers: Rhyme

Adam’s Starling by Gillian Perdue
Published by The O’Brien Press Ltd., 2001
ISBN 0-86278-685-1

Adam’s Starling won the Bisto Book of the Year/Eilis Dillon Award in 2002 for the author’s first outstanding children’s book.

Life is difficult all round for Adam; he is bullied at school and at home he feels no-one has any time for him. His mum is concerned about the possibility of losing her job, his Dad works nights and Adam’s grandfather, who constantly mistakes Adam for his son, is in a nursing home.

Adam’s Starling by Gillian Perdue

At school it’s worse. Adam is bullied by three boys in his class.

But Adam finds a secret, special friend in a scruffy, brown starling that he feeds regularly every day. When the school bullies bring Adam’s starling into class to frighten him, it is the last straw for Adam. It is also a defining moment in his life.

Somehow he finds the courage he never thought he had to defend this little bird, and in so doing he confronts his enemies.

Adam’s Starling is a Red Flag Reader from O’Brien Press and like all titles in the series it is ideally suited to children aged 8 and over. It is an encouraging story for any young reader who has experienced the typical worries of childhood with the added trauma of being bullied at school.

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