Summer and Bird (Hardcover)

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"The story of two sisters each trying to find their own way in an underworld where nothing is as it first appears. Rich in beautiful imagery, it's a story that has remained with me long after I closed the book's pages."

— Consuelo

Summer & Bird is a fantastic children’s book, a lot due to the fact that it doesn’t follow the conventions of most children’s books. There is something new to discover on every page. It follows the story of two young sisters searching for their parents in a fantastical underworld full of birds, but ultimately, they each take a journey to find their true selves. Katherine Catmull is an Austin author, and it’s fitting that she’s written a story that marches to the beat of its own drummer. For more reasons why I love this book, grab a copy of the BookPeople holiday catalog!

— From Consuelo's Picks


An enchanting--and twisted--tale of two sisters' quest to find their parents

When their parents disappear in the middle of the night, young sisters Summer and Bird set off on a quest to find them. A cryptic picture message from their mother leads them to a familiar gate in the woods, but comfortable sights quickly give way to a new world entirely--Down--one inhabited by talking birds and the evil Puppeteer queen. Summer and Bird are quickly separated, and their divided hearts lead them each in a very different direction in the quest to find their parents, vanquish the Puppeteer, lead the birds back to their Green Home, and discover the identity of the true bird queen.

With breathtaking language and deliciously inventive details, Katherine Catmull has created a world unlike any other, skillfully blurring the lines between magic and reality and bringing to life a completely authentic cast of characters and creatures.

About the Author

Katherine Catmull is an actor, freelance writer, voice-over artist, and sometimes playwright. She lives in Austin, Texas. This is her first book.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525953463
ISBN-10: 0525953469
Publisher: Dutton Books
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2012
Pages: 344
Language: English