Junior Library Guild selection
A Globe and Mail top 100 book of 2019
For as long as Saanvi can remember, she has been friends with her elderly neighbor Helen. They play cards and garden together and, especially, care for the wild birds that visit Helen’s yard. When Helen dies suddenly, a For Sale sign goes up, and movers arrive, emptying the house of its furniture and stripping the yard of its birdfeeders. The sparrows and hummingbirds disappear.
This beautifully illustrated, wordless graphic novel shows Saanvi’s journey through close friendship, then hollowing loss and change, until she finally finds hope.
"A comforting clarity and clear path for readers, even in the midst of a shocking and unexpected loss." - Quill and Quire Full review
"A moving testimony to the process of navigating abrupt, painful change—and the life-altering impact of true friendship. " - Kirkus Full review
"Poignant" - Globe and Mail