Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Hunt for the Nightingale by Sarah Ann Juckes

The Hunt for the Nightingale is a wonderfully unique story of loss, grief and the healing power of the natural world for anyone who has ever lost someone special.

Bird-loving Jasper is waiting for his big sister Rosie and their beloved nightingale to return to their garden. When they don’t arrive, he decides the only thing to do is to go out and find them. According to his parents, Rosie has gone to “a better place”. If only, he can get there, everything will be ok again. What follows is challenging journey in which Jasper meets all sorts of interesting people – each has lost something important and teaches Jasper about life and love.

Full of beautiful imagery and a young boy who is trying to make sense of the sudden death of his sister, this story carries readers on an emotional journey right along with Jasper. The metaphor of the nightingale flies through the book reminding us that even in the darkest of moments, a nightingale’s song can be heard. Jasper will find hope if he can push through the darkness and accept the truth.

“When you lose something you love, you do everything you can to find it.”

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this beautiful book!

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