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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (667 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Yi Fan Narrator: Colleen Delany Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Swordbird Series Release Date:
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The blue jays and cardinals of Stone-Run Forest have always lived harmoniously side by side. But the fate of the forest—and all its inhabitants—is in jeopardy when the sinister hawk, Turnatt, turns the two bird tribes against each other.

According to legend, only Swordbird, Son of the Great Spirit, has the power to conquer evil and restore peace to the land. But is he real or just a myth? Can Swordbird arrive in time to save the forest … or will it be too late?

Thirteen-year-old author Nancy Yi Fan has woven a captivating tale about the birds of Stone-Run Forest and the heroism, courage, and resourcefulness in their quest for peace.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Would be a standout even if it wasn’t written by a twelve-year-old.”


  • Swordbird soars.”

    Time for Kids

  • “This allegorical tale of warring birds and their struggle for freedom has attracted an unusual measure of attention because of the author’s young age. But there is nothing childish about Fan’s innate gift for pacing, characterization, or storytelling. We predict many more successes for this talented prodigy.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Yi Fan’s tightly woven story delivers a manifest message promoting peace and freedom…The author occasionally relieves the tale’s ample tension with snippets of humor…Experienced readers will recognize the familiar allegory here, but the book will likely appeal to Redwall fans, and this young writer is worth watching.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Aficionados of Jacques’s Redwall series should enjoy this new offering to the anthropomorphized animal genre.”


  • “This writing has a youthful exuberance. The reach of the story is vast and courageous. Its precocious accomplishment is evident in the invention of ‘somebird’ and ‘anybird’ as pronouns, and in somber yet ingenuous revelations about the marauding hawk Turnatt's past.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “This avian fantasy is an engaging and propulsive read...It will appeal to fans of the Mistmantle Chronicles and other animal fantasies.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica Wilson | 2/16/2014

    " I could not believe that a thirteen year old wrote this book!! What a great story and such real characters. Love, love, love this book. Recommend this book to anyone who thinks that children cannnot write just to prove them wrong. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joseph | 2/16/2014

    " My brother brought this book home and I picked it up. It's lame. The author was 13 and you can tell. Immature writing techniques shine through and make the book seem poorly written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Veazey | 2/12/2014

    " I remember when I first read this, I couldn't get into it. It's been awhile now and I don't recall much from the story, but I find myself wanting to revisit it. The author certanly has potentional, and while her skills as an author aren't developed entirely, I will love to see what she is capable of when they do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Samantha | 2/11/2014

    " This book was really good! I loved how well this young author wrote this book. "

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About the Author
Author Nancy Yi Fan

Nancy Yi Fan is the New York Times bestselling author of Swordbird and Sword Quest. She appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show as one of the World's Smartest Kids and on The Martha Stewart Show. Nancy spent part of her childhood in China, where she was born in 1993. Birds have been a lifelong passion of hers and provided the inspiration for her novels. She began writing her first novel, Swordbird, when she was eleven years old. Nancy attends Harvard University.