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The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker

Narrated by: Stephanie Foxley
Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
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Summary

The charming, eccentric, heartwarming tale of a friendship between a lonely old coffin maker whose family is gone and a little boy in need of safe harbour.

Everybody on the wonderful Italian island knows Alberto. The old man has made coffins for the great, the good, the poor and the rich for as long as they can remember. They know, too, that ever since his wife died and his children left, he's withdrawn further and further into himself. Indeed, he's become positively grumpy.

Unknown to the nosey townsfolk, Alberto's heart is broken with loneliness and despair. So when a peculiar bird flutters into his garden, he starts to try to tame it. And when one day a boy follows the bird into Alberto's basement, a door in the old man's heart chinks open. The boy is lonely, too - but he's also scared. On the run from his brutal stepfather, he just wants to feel safe for once in his life.

Brought together by a magical bird, the boy and the old man slowly learn to trust one another. Through that trust, can they learn the power of friendship and love once again?

©2017 Matilda Woods (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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