/ Lead title Swordbird is an epic new fantasy from twelve-year-old child prodigy Nancy Yi Fan, which will be published globally by HarperCollins. An exciting and action-packed tale of birds at war, this novel shows how friendship and courage can overcome tyranny. / Competition: Guardians of Gahoole, Warriors, Redwall
Nancy Yi Fan was born in 1993 in Beijing, China. She moved to New York with her parents when she was seven years old and graduated with excellence from US elementary school in 2004. She now lives on the beautiful Hainan Island, China's most southerly province, with her parents and her three pet birds. When she's not writing, Nancy loves bird-watching, kung fu sword-playing, and reading. Her favorite place in the world is the library.
Gr 4-6-The Stone-Run Country is in peril. The blue jays' Bluewingle tribe and their former friends, the cardinals of the Sunrise tribe, have gone to war. Each side believes the other to have stolen its food and eggs, little suspecting the malicious hawk, Turnatt, along with his hoard of crows and ravens. Now he is intent on forcing all of the local woodbirds to work on his magnificent fortress, and it's up to a variety of brave avians to upset the villain's plans. Their only hope lies in summoning the great warrior, Swordbird, to assist them in their time of need. Fan wrote the book when she was 11 as a response to a world at war; it goes without saying that she is very talented. However, the book essentially reuses old tropes in a new setting, making the plot, pacing, and characters more than a little predictable and, for all of its charms, the story is overly familiar. Dialogue runs to the clunky with lines like, "I'll get you, me and my crew will" and "You'll pay for that, scalawag!" The greatest credit should be given to the illustrator, who took the author's imagery and made it believable as well as attractive.-Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
As any fan of Brian Jacques's Redwall saga knows, the forest is teeming with societies of animals that have complicated dynamics. Thirteen-year-old author Yi Fan's debut novel joins the genre with her tale told from the birds' vantage point, translated handily to audio by Delaney. The narrator's steady, assured delivery paints a captivating fantasy world for listeners, replete with feathered heroes and villains. Turnatt, the tyrant hawk, forces his enslaved woodbird subjects to steal eggs and food from both the blue jays and the cardinals, causing the two bird tribes to blame each other and go to war. But when a neutral party reveals Turnatt's plan, the warring factions join forces to seek out the Swordbird, Son of the Great Spirit, the only true hope to help them restore peace. Though listeners may have trouble differentiating Delaney's bird character voices, adventure, action and allegory abound here, helping this recording to take wing. A bonus interview with the author is included. Ages 10-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
."an extraordinary accomplishment for a young author" -- Kirkus Reviews
."this young writer is worth watching" -- Publishers Weekly
"Nancy Yi Fan has done a lot in 13 years." -- Time for Kids
this young writer is worth watching --Publishers Weekly
an extraordinary accomplishment for a young author --Kirkus Reviews
Nancy Yi Fan has done a lot in 13 years. --Time for Kids
"Nancy Yi Fan has done a lot in 13 years."--Time for Kids
."..an extraordinary accomplishment for a young author"--Kirkus Reviews
."..this young writer is worth watching"--Publishers Weekly