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The Bird in Me Flies

By: Sara Lundberg

What do you do when it feels impossible to live up to everything expected of you? When the only person who understands you disappears? When you are young and long for something that seems out of reach?

Berta dreams of being an artist, but as a girl growing up in a small Swedish farming village in the 1920s, she has little hope. She finds solace in nature, and in drawing and shaping birds from clay for her mother, the only person who seems to truly understand her. When her mother succumbs to tuberculosis, Berta feels alone, in despair and even more burdened by all the work on the farm. Can she find the courage to defy her father and the social conventions of her time, and fly free?

This beautifully illustrated novel in verse, inspired by the paintings, letters and diaries of Swedish artist Berta Hansson (1910-1994), is a universal story of grief, longing and following your dreams.

ISBN: 9781773062600

JLG Release: Jul 2020

Sensitive Areas: Illustrations/Images: Nudity/Partial Nudity
Topics: Childhood and youth , Drawing , Art and artists , Family life , Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam , Tuberculosis , Death of a parent , Grief and loss , Aspirations , Sweden , Berta Hansson (1910–1994)

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Book Details



First Release

July 2020



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Trim Size

8 1/4" x 6 3/4"

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Accelerated Reader


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Hardcover edition



Potentially Sensitive Areas

Illustrations/Images: Nudity/Partial Nudity


Childhood and youth, Drawing, Art and artists, Family life, Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, Tuberculosis, Death of a parent, Grief and loss, Aspirations, Sweden, Berta Hansson (1910–1994),

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