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10 Reasons You Must Read Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away

Janet Joy is one of our very enthusiastic sales directors and the biggest champion of the small house publishers we work with.

Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away is a novel that Janet Joy has been cheering for – and everyone in our office knows that when Janet Joy cheers for something, she’s onto something good (remember Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children?).

Reading Tiny Sunbirds Far AwayIn a recent email, she shared her Top 10 Reasons Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away was selected as her favourite novel of 2011:

  1. It made me laugh out loud.
  2. It broke my heart and then mended it.
  3. It’s lyrical, absorbing and beautifully written.
  4. Set in the troubled Niger Delta this first time novelist captured the place and the character so well that you are there breathing with them.
  5. The narration by 12 year old Blessing is unique and as strong a voice as Cleave’s Little Bee.
  6. It’s a coming of age story that I would recommend to teenage girls who are 12 years old and living in Canada.  It’s a novel to make them count their own blessings. This would be an ideal Independent Study Report book to use. The author has provided a list of resources for further research.
  7. It’s a novel you have to talk about after you read it.  This is the perfect book to take to with you on vacation as it’s long lasting in size (448 pages), inexpensive and lingers forever in your emotional memory.  There is an excellent reading group guide available on
  8. It confronts issues of race, class and religion through the innocent eyes of a 12 year old.
  9. The author Christie Watson is a pediatric nurse and educator. She lives in South London with her Nigerian Muslim partner and their large dual-heritage family.  She is a first-time novelist with a gift for writing a gripping and triumphant tale of a young girl.
  10. It’s the underdog because it’s a tiny book by a small publisher with a BIG heart and this novel deserves to be read and shared.


What Janet Joy forgot to mention is that this book was also the winner of the 2011 Costa First Novel Award and is garnering stellar reviews on GoodReads:


Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson

Published: May 10, 2011 by Other Press
ISBN: 9781590514665
Price: $15.95


About Cass

Cassandra Sadek is a thirty-something mama to an active boy who loves to read books (and dance, and shout, and make wonderful messes, etc.). Her own childhood love of reading ultimately sparked a career in publishing. As Director of Online Marketing for Random House of Canada, Cass happily spreads her enthusiasm for good reads to anyone who will listen. Follow Cass on Twitter at @literalicious or @RandomHouseCA.

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