Subtitle Was Nidae flying to his dream or to his death on the Island of Smoke?
By Jill Hopkins
Published by Seven Arches Publishing
Category Childrenâ€™s fiction 8 â€“ 12 years
When a swallow makes a promise, it must be kept or the swallow dies. As autumn sets in on a Yorkshire farm, Nidae a courageous male bird makes a promise to ten-year-old Jamie, who is desperately ill, that he will find a cure and bring it back with him when the swallows return in the spring. So begins an adventure, that crosses oceans and continents, and forges a bond between a young island girl and a small bird.
Jill Hopkins has worked for a number of years as a radio reporter and writer of local events for local papers. She and her airline pilot husband live in a small village in North Yorkshire. With an exceptional knowledge wildlife, and swallows in particular, she describes the swallowsâ€™ flight over the mountains, valleys and deserts of Africa with unerring accuracy.
The Yorkshire Post Saturday Review Magazine: School Children become critics reviewing an exciting new book about a swallow. May 12th 2008
A magical story that takes children on an exciting and wonderful journey.
Loved this book! KR
Look forward to seeing the movie!
Exellent for readers of all ages, young and old. A great Christmas present. Can't wait for the sequel.
Lovely story, has them engrossed.
When you read this book, you feel as if you really are flying with the swallows high over the alps and across the Mediterranean into Africa. The exciting action just keeps on going, but it is the moving friendship between a small bird and a young island girl, struggling to make her family proud of her that is at the heart of the book.
A most delightful book to read for any age. Can't wait for the second book! Can recommend to buy for Christmas.
I loved the story of Nidae's journey because it captured my imagination with so many twists and turns in Nidae's journey. I learnt a lot about swallow's migrations and the physical stamina needed for flying so far. It was heart warming and exciting. All the locations were described with clarity and I was sorry when it ended.