by Valerie Sherrard


JUV039240 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Depression & Mental Illness

JUV002040 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds

JUV013060 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents


Corbin Hayes has felt alone for as long as he can remember. His mom’s illness means lost jobs, constant moves, new schools and friendships that never get to grow. There’s a gap in his life that’s been waiting to be filled.

So, when a classmate offers Corbin the talking bird she can no longer keep, he’s stoked.

But when things begin to spiral out of control, Corbin can no longer get his mom – or himself – through the dark period. At his lowest moment, he’s forced to do the one thing he fears the most.

Price: $13.95

Ages: 9 to 12

Publication Date: March 13, 2021


ISBN: 9781770866133

Format: Trade Paperback

Size: 5.375" x 8.00"

Nominated, 2022 Forest of Reading - Red Maple Award


“Honest and straightforward, with no sugar-coating of the challenges of bipolar disorder, Birdspell offers remarkable insight to young readers unfamiliar with mental-health issues. At the same time, it provides rare validation for those children who struggle with it in their daily lives. … Despite the gravity of the subject matter, Birdspell is a very readable book laced with humour and grace.”

— Charis Cotter, Quill & Quire

Birdspell is a deep and beautifully written title that once begun is hard to put down. Despite the tragedy of the circumstances, the novel is a compelling story of strength, hope and compassion. Highly Recommended.” 

CM Magazine

“... Sherrard does an excellent job of lacing humour into the story without making light of what Corbin's going through. She also keeps the story hopeful and optimistic and reminds readers that there's nothing wrong with asking for help. Highly recommended for middle-grade readers.”

Rachel Seigel, Canadian Children's Book News