The Merit Birds

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$14.99  $13.94
Dundurn Press
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5.0 X 7.9 X 0.6 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 clichés 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"