CDN$ 14.29
Only 1 left in stock.
Ships from Canada and sold by booklync canada.
CDN$ 6.49 delivery: Sep 28 - Oct 6
Fastest delivery: Sep 24 - 29
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Mercy's Birds Paperback – Sept. 19 1998

3.2 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Paperback
CDN$ 14.29
CDN$ 9.43 CDN$ 8.33
click to open popover

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Click here to download the iOS app
    Apple
  • Click here to download the Android app
    Android
  • Click here to download the Windows Phone app
    Windows Phone
  • Click here to download from Amazon appstore
    Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

kcpAppSendButton


Product details

  • Paperback : 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0887764630
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0887764639
  • Product Dimensions : 13.03 x 1.32 x 19.38 cm
  • Publisher : Tundra Books (Sept. 19 1998)
  • Item Weight : 168 g
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.2 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

Product description

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Mercy, her mother Pearl, and her Aunt "Moo" have been on a downward socioeconomic slide for some time. As the novel opens, the teen is adjusting to yet another new school and to the realization that her aunt's boyfriend, who made sexual advances toward Mercy and threatened to hurt her if she told anyone, is due to return from an overseas job. Like her mother, who has become clinically depressed, and her aunt, who has retreated into an alcoholic haze, the girl begins to withdraw. A new friend and her employer keep reaching out to her and, to her credit, she hangs on to the ropes they throw. When Mercy's mother is hospitalized for her depression and her aunt's boyfriend returns, Mercy finds the strength to stand up to him. The novel deals with issues of poverty, depression, suicide, molestation, and alcoholism with delicacy, but without glossing over the harsh realities. Aunt Moo and Pearl are unconventional yet believable. The situations at school, especially when Mercy is interacting with her peers or the school counselor, are painfully realistic. The only weaknesses are in a few minor details, including the bird image of the title that is awkwardly woven into several scenes. Even though there is no Hollywood ending, readers are left with the hope that this family will find ways to rebuild the unit they almost lost.-Lucinda Lockwood, Thomas Haney Secondary School, Maple Ridge, BC

Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Review

“The novel deals with issues of poverty, depression, suicide, molestation, and alcoholism with delicacy, but without glossing over the harsh realities.”
School Library Journal

“Holeman addresses poverty, abuse, and depression with compassion and a perceptive eye. Eloquent and impacting, Mercy’s story is an engrossing one, charged with emotional depth.”
Booklist

“Holeman’s depiction of Mercy’s inner life feels real, and many of the scenes are charged, while steering clear of melodrama. I was touched by Mercy’s Birds and I think a lot of teenagers will be too.”
Quill & Quire

“This novel is layered with imagery, drama, and an understanding of the painful emotions associated with life in an abusive and alcoholic situation…Award-winning novelist Linda Holeman has written a powerful novel that…features a strong and indomitable heroine.”
Canadian Book Review Annual