Mar 23, 2015

Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose


It’s 1587 and twelve-year-old Alis has made the long journey with her parents from England to help settle the New World, the land christened Virginia in honor of the Queen. And Alis couldn’t be happier. While the streets of London were crowded and dirty, this new land, with its trees and birds and sky, calls to Alis. Here she feels free. But the land, the island Roanoke, is also inhabited by the Roanoke tribe and tensions between them and the English are running high, soon turning deadly.

Amid the strife, Alis meets and befriends Kimi, a Roanoke girl about her age. Though the two don’t even speak the same language, these girls form a special bond as close as sisters, willing to risk everything for the other. Finally, Alis must make an impossible choice when her family resolves to leave the island and bloodshed behind.

A beautiful, tender story of friendship and the meaning of family, Caroline Starr Rose delivers another historical gem.


I received this book from the publisher.  

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Alis has traveled from London to the New World. After a long journey by boat they arrive at the island Roanoke. It's 1587 and long distance communication isn't easy, which is why nobody on the ship knew something happened to the Englishmen who were already staying on the island. The atmosphere between the English and the Roanoke tribe on the island is tense. 

Alis loves Roanoke, she's happy with the clean air, the birds and the beauty of nature. She's also befriended a girl from the Roanoke tribe, Kimi. They can't understand each other, because they don't speak the same language, but there's a deep connection that makes them very close. Both Kimi and Alis have lost someone very dear to them and their friendship brings them comfort. When the situation between the English and the Roanoke tribe becomes even worse Alis has to make a difficult choice.

Caroline Star Rose's sentences are all beautiful, they're giving the story a genuine and lively character. Kimi and Alis have their own distinct voices and I love the way the author has translated their thoughts and feelings in free-verse. The friendship almost seems impossible, but the two girls find a way to meet each other. I think it's amazing how this historical situation has been the setting of such an impressive story of kinship and family. This book teaches the reader something in such an enjoyable way. Because of the political situation the girls can't openly spend time together, but because of each other they have to find a way to work around that, there's no other choice. The friendship between the two girls is so sweet and delicate, which in my opinion is the strongest point of the story. I loved this book and will definitely read it again and again.


  1. Sounds different. Interesting cover.

    1. You would love this book. The cover is old fashioned and it suits the story very well.

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    1. I totally agree and it must have been so much work to make a drawing like that.


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