The Merit Birds


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$14.99  $13.79
Dundurn Group
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5.0 X 0.6 X 7.9 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Kelley Powell has worked at a home for impoverished women and children in India, researched domestic violence in Laos, and served in the Canadian government's family violence prevention unit. She lives in Ottawa.


... a thought-provoking story that will appeal to older teens willing to expand their worldview.--School Library Journal
(Starred Review) A fresh, gripping page-turner that takes readers on a journey through one young man's escape from anger into a place of peace.--Booklist
Drawing on her own experience, Powell has set the story of 18-year-old Cameron in the exotic world of Vientiane, Laos. Her deep, almost native knowledge of Lao culture (Powell states in a 'Dear Reader' note that she lived and worked in Laos) makes for a very authentic setting and genuine local characters.--Canadian Materials
By moving away from the multicultural clich├ęs and tropes one has come to expect from YA stranger-in-a-strange-land stories, Powell creates something unique -- a story rooted in characters that are realistically, if unpleasantly, depicted.--Quill and Quire
The story is artfully told ... rich in details of life in Laos and Thailand.--Resource Links
... the story offers an insightful window into Laotian life, history, and traditions while reminding readers that redemption can carry a heavy cost.--Publishers Weekly
... Kelley Powell writes with sensitivity about culture, poverty and goodness in her debut novel.--United Church Observer