"Wow, wow, and wow! Sleeping With the Blackbirds by Alex Pearl encompasses the charm of classics such as The Velveteen Rabbit and The Secret Garden. In a lively British voice, Pearl weaves a tale of social conflict when eleven-year-old Roy Nutterley finds himself at the mercy of school bully Harry Hodges and his cronies. Between the caustic atmosphere of fighting parents at home and the insecurity of the school yard, Roy finds solace only in his garden of ever growing bird houses. Roy is at peace among his bird friends and their comforting song. When his mother cleans the garden of his treasures, the affected blackbirds, tits, and magpies come to Roy’s aid in a surprising and awe-inspiring manner. The birds need Roy as much as he needs them. Not only is Roy rewarded for his loyalty to the birds, but Harry Hodges also learns the valuable lesson of right and wrong when he finds himself homeless and living on the streets.I love, love, love Sleeping with the Blackbirds. I couldn't put it down. The strength of the author's voice held me captivated long after turning the last page. With the wit of JK Rowling, Alex Pearl has definitely earned his place in the young adult fiction hall of fame. His fantasy broaches the subjects of homelessness, child adoption, bullying, injustice, and the cruelty of abusive parents, all issues with which the youth of today live. There is a moral lesson for each of Pearl’s characters to learn. Through a marvellous turn of events, each character is rewarded with the right ending. Bravo, Alex Pearl!"
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
“Sleeping with the Blackbirds has been written for children in the 14 and upwards age group. And my royalty is going directly to Centrepoint – the national charity for homeless youngsters,” says Alex Pearl who lives on the Suburb in Ludlow Way. This is an enchanting story of self discovery and the need for tolerance between different species. Through the divine intervention of blackbirds, our 11 year-old hero learns to cope with warring parents, bullying school mates and indifferent school masters. This special relationship springs him into a new world of media hype and the eventual discovery of his long-lost mother. Alex Pear has written a tale that is heartening and funny with the appeal of a Twain-like children’s adventure. The book can be ordered from any high street bookseller or online retailer including Amazon (retail price £6.99) after September 10.However, if you can’t wait until then advance copies can be bought directly from the publisher, Indepenpress Publishing Ltd by calling 01273 261434 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Penpress Publishing ISBN No. 978-1-78003-013-5." LEN BAKER