Eleven-year-old schoolboy, Roy Nuttersley has been dealt a pretty raw deal. While hideous parents show him precious little in the way of love and affection, school bullies make his life a misery. So Roy takes comfort in looking after the birds in his garden, and in return the birds hatch a series of ambitious schemes to protect their new friend. As with the best-laid plans, however, these get blown completely off course – and as a result the lives of both Roy and his arch tormentor, Harry Hodges are turned upside down – but in a surprisingly good way.

“Wonderful images and thought-provoking scenes.” Bramwell Tovey, composer & broadcaster

“The strength of the author’s voice held me captivated long after turning the last page. With the wit of JK Rowling, Alex Pearl has definitely earned his place in the young adult fiction hall of fame.” Lisa McCombs, Readers’ Favorite

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“Charming and unique to be sure.”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Igor Eliseev

“Sleeping with the Blackbirds” by Alex Pearl is somewhat similar to “James and the Giant Peach” and at the same time to “Lord of the Flies”; on the other hand, it is unlike any other in the world. This book is awesome for kids, but aimed at adults old enough to get it.

“Sleeping with the Blackbirds” involves not only senses, but also helps to shed misconceptions, dispel stereotypes, and identify the problems between parents and children. The dramatic relationship of an eleven-year-old Roy Nuttersley and the Blackbirds illustrates in human terms how to build a normal relationship (at any level) on the basis of personal emotional attachment and mutual obligations. Beneath the surface, however, the reader encounters themes of identity, friendship, and loyalty.

The book is written in such detail by the author, that it feels as if you’re there with the characters in their journey. So, the upshot is that while this book starts out slowly with the whole hidden-in-the-basement angle, it quickly switches gears into an engaging tale that strikes me as likely to grab a younger reader with a taste for YA novels. The ending was satisfying; the conclusion is sad – happy families and good schools that follow the highest standards, unfortunately, are almost impossible to find.
A happy find.

About the Author

Alex has been employed as an advertising copywriter for longer than he’d care to admit. ‘Sleeping with the Blackbirds’ is his first teen novel and is published by Amazon’s CreateSpace. In 2014, his fictionalized account of the execution of the first British serviceman during the First World War was published by Mardibooks in its anthology, ‘The Clock Struck War’. And a selection of his blog posts are now also available in paperback under the title ‘Random Ramblings of a Short-sighted Blogger.’
Alex lives in NW London with his wife and two children.
He is quite possibly the only human being on this planet to have been locked in a record shop on Christmas Eve while innocently browsing through the symphonic works of Joseph Haydn.

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