The first in a seasonal quartet revolving around a group of young birdwatchers - the Twitchers. In this book we meet Twitch, who prefers the company of birds to people and has an expansive knowledge of and passion for birdwatching. The clever central concept is that the powers of observation, awareness and diligence that come from being a birder lead Twitch into helping track down and outwit a dangerous robber.
Information about British birdlife is naturally embedded throughout the narrative, often imparted by Twitch himself, and avian vocabulary appears in various place names, such as Aves Wood and Plover Lock. It's also a gripping adventure narrative, and delves into the meaning of bravery and friendship, with well-crafted character arcs that span and develop across the rest of the series.
The Twitchers series contines with:
Spark (9781406389388), Walker £7.99
Clutch (9781529506105), Walker £7.99
Feathers - not yet published