Mercy's Birds by Linda HolemanMercy's Birds by Linda Holeman

Mercy's Birds

byLinda Holeman

Paperback | September 15, 1998

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Learning to accept help can be the hardest lesson of all.

Mercy doesn’t have your average family, but it’s the only one she’s ever known. She, her mother Pearl, and her aunt Moo move from one falling-down rental house to another. Somehow they’ve always managed to get by, but lately things seem to be spinning out of control. Why is Pearl growing smaller, saying less and less as she retreats to the security of her bedroom? Why is her aunt growing larger and noisier as she reads fortunes in teacups and tarot cards and palms? And while Mercy tries to keep up at school and with her job, she lives in fear of the day Barry, Moo’s boyfriend, comes back to live with them all.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Linda Holeman had always dreamed of becoming an author. Her first writing success came when she was in grade 5. A story she had written was aired on the CBC radio program “Story Broadcast Journal” and she still has a copy of the booklet it was published in. Her career has included stints as a classroom and r...
Title:Mercy's BirdsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.52 inPublished:September 15, 1998Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887764630

ISBN - 13:9780887764639

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ma review I hated the book...I really detested it because who would wirte about a book that has a person who dyes her hair just because a pigeon is tangled in it. I don't understand.
Date published: 2005-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touched my life! “Nothing – not bird claws, and not fingers, especially not B’s fingers – would ever tangle themselves in my hair again, scaring me, holding me prisoner.” Mercy Donnelly has just started a new high school at the end of October, and her fellow grade 10 classmates are reluctant to accept her dark wardrobe and short, choppy jet-black hair. Mercy rarely lets anyone get close to her, and isolates herself from the world. To make matters worse, her life at home is no better. Her mother, Pearl, is slowly falling into a deep depression, and most of her time is spent lying awake on her bed, staring at her plain walls and closed curtains that haven’t been opened in months. Mercy’s aunt, Maureen (whom Mercy has always called “Moo”), has just chosen a new boyfriend to bring into their home. His real name hasn’t yet been announced, for Mercy and Pearl always refer to him as “B”. B is away for work at the moment, and while he is away, Mercy is trying to sum up the courage to tell
Date published: 2002-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MERCY'S BIRDS I thought the book 'Mercy's Birds' was an excellent realistic story for teenagers. It showed what it was like to be a troubled teen in a disfunctional family. I reccomend it to any teenage girl from the age 13 and up.
Date published: 2000-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a good read "Mercy's Birds" was a really unique book. The plot was very interesting and different. The book wasn't about a perfect world, like a lot of books. The tale of a broken home was well represented and I reccomend this book to anyone in need of a good book to read.
Date published: 2000-06-24

From Our Editors

Mercy has several problems on her hands. She, her mother Pearl and her aunt Moo keep moving from one dingy rental house to another, but that’s the least of Mercy’s problems. For one thing, her mother seems to be getting smaller and says less and less as she retreats to the corners of her bedroom. On top of that, her aunt seems to be getting bigger and noisier as she reads fortunes in teacups, tarot cards and palms. Can Mercy deal with all this and school as well as hold down a job in Mercy’s Birds?

Editorial Reviews

“The novel deals with issues of poverty, depression, suicide, molestation, and alcoholism with delicacy, but without glossing over the harsh realities.”–School Library Journal“Holeman addresses poverty, abuse, and depression with compassion and a perceptive eye. Eloquent and impacting, Mercy’s story is an engrossing one, charged with emotional depth.”–Booklist“Holeman’s depiction of Mercy’s inner life feels real, and many of the scenes are charged, while steering clear of melodrama. I was touched by Mercy’s Birds and I think a lot of teenagers will be too.”–Quill & Quire“This novel is layered with imagery, drama, and an understanding of the painful emotions associated with life in an abusive and alcoholic situation…Award-winning novelist Linda Holeman has written a powerful novel that…features a strong and indomitable heroine.”–Canadian Book Review Annual