“Crystal Chan has written an enthralling first novel about the darkness, light, and beauty that make up the human condition.” 

-Cynthia Kadohata, author of Newbery-winner KIRA KIRA


“Bird is a mysterious, lyrical, and  thought-provoking novel from an important new voice in children’s literature.”

– Kathi Appelt, author of THE UNDERNEATH, Newbery Honor and National Book Award Finalist


“A Bird flies, a grandpa stops speaking; secrets and spirits weave through a wondrous story. An exciting debut novel.”

-Jamila Gavin, author of the Whitbread Award-winner Coram Boy


“Thoughtful and introspective about the dynamics of a grieving family . . . contemplative readers will be rewarded by Jewel’s journey.”

– Booklist, December 2013


“Jewel is a multilayered, emotional character . . . . The mixture of superstition and science creates a wonderful juxtaposition in this powerful story about loss and moving on.”

– School Library Journal, January 2014


“The voice of 12-year-old Jewel carries readers through this lyrical and buoyant debut from Crystal Chan. . . . Chan’s strong characterizations and her way with words make her a writer to watch.”

– Shelf Awareness, 2014