The fire was fast and hot ... only days after it went through, there were absolutely no birds left. I should have seen it as an omen, the birds all leaving like that.
Robin is a self-confessed bird-nerd from the country, living in the city. On the first day at her new school, she meets Delia. Delia is freaky and definitely not good for Robin's image. Seth, Delia's brother, has given up school to prowl the city streets. He is angry at everything, especially the fire that killed his mother.
When a rare and endangered bird turns up in the city parklands, the lives of Robin, Seth and Delia become fatefully and dangerously intertwined ...
An intricate love story about nature, grief, friendship and life.
About the Author
Christie Nieman is a Victorian writer, editor and playwright. She co-edited and contributed to Just Between Us (Pan Macmillan, May 2013) and has had playscripts and fiction published and professionally produced. Her play Call me Komachi, about teenage girls and sponsored relationships in Japan, was nominated for a major Green Room Award and played to sold-out audiences up and down the east coast.
She is currently working towards a PhD in Creative Writing and Ecocriticism through La Trobe University, which she will finish if and when she can stop watching birds and animals long enough to write about them.