I spotted Bird by Rita Murphy by the beautiful cover art and checked it out from the library at the same time that I got My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvarth. Both covers reminded me (in passing) of Up.
Miranda lives with the elderly widow, Wysteria. They live the old seaside Bourne Manor, shut off from the rest of the world. Their lives revolve around the sea and the house: making nets, keeping a lantern lit for ships at sea and keeping the drafts out of the house.
Miranda though is young and curious. She strives to make the most of her world and explores all the old rooms when she can. One of her explorations opens her world when she finds the late captain's kite collection. Flying kites leads to leaving the house and that brings her in contact with a boy. Nothing is ever the same for her after that first meeting.
Although it's a short young adult novel, it reminds me a great deal in tone and theme of Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson.
Comment #1: Friday, August, 27, 2010 at 09:03:34
Great review! I'm adding this one to my wish list!
Comment #2: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 20:05:09
I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading.