Twisty Bird

Take Flight this Christmas with Twisty Bird

9780473267780CoverBattleOfTheBirdsAward-winning author Lee Murray has donated five copies of her young adult novel, Battle of The Birds –  so look out for Twisty Bird, and Candy Cane offers on our PledgeMe campaign to get a copy of this stunning book and more.

Battle of the Birds – blends fact and fiction in a fantastic action‐adventure for children and young adults, Battle of the Birds by award winning author, Lee Murray, explores New Zealand’s varied birdlife, flight and migration, democracy, early medicine, and most of all, friendship.

Annie’s family has moved to Wisconsin, and with her only friend away in Florida for the holidays, 11 year‐old Annie faces a long, boring summer. She lies on an eagle‐shaped hill and daydreams of home. Imagine her shock when the eagle breaks free from the earth and flies her home to New Zealand! But it’s not a New Zealand Annie is familiar with, and when she and her new friend Moana almost walk smack into a giant moa, Annie realizes why. The eagle has flown her back to New Zealand, but she’s arrived a thousand years too early, and right in the midst of a battle between the birds. However, Annie’s visit isn’t entirely unexpected…she can speak the language of the birds and is part of an ancient prophecy. Now she must mediate in a battle between the great bird chieftains: the violent and vengeful Te Hokioi and the thoughtful philosopher, Moa. Suddenly, Annie’s summer doesn’t look so boring after all!

Can Annie and her friends help the flightless overcome the flying predators led by ambitious Te Hokioi? Will the gentle Moa survive to live on in history? And will Annie ever make it back to Wisconsin?

LeePortraitJuly2013SquareLowResAbout the Author – Lee Murray is multiple award winning author. It would take far too long to name all her awards, from Sir Julius Vogel Awards to the Australian Shadows Award. Find out more on Lee Murray’s website.


Feeling homesick is horrible. The new place is exciting but it isn’t as good. The food is different, nothing is familiar, and people talk funny. It was like that when I moved to Wisconsin: I missed New Zealand so much! I missed my friends, the beach, rugby games, driving on the left-hand side, even food like Marmite and mince pies. Then I discovered Wisconsin’s intriguing animal-shaped effigy mounds, ancient sites with no known purpose. I imagined these mounds were secret portals to other places and if I found the right one it would whisk me home to New Zealand. But people say you can never go home. Things change while you are away: new buildings go up, new roads develop, and people move on. So when I wrote Annie’s adventure I thought I might explore this idea, while also drawing on my experience of trail running on forest tracks. I sent Annie back to a time when Moa and Te Hōkioi dominated the wild New Zealand bush. Eventually, I came to love Wisconsin with its red barns, yellow school buses and blue, blue lakes. I loved the sound of my shovel in the snow, cheesy bagels, fall leaves,sledding, and the lovely friends I made there. Perhaps it’s time I looked for a New Zealand portal, so I can pop back (in time) for a visit!”

Lee Murray’s Sir Julius Vogel Award winning novel, Battle of the Birds is available in print from The Battle of the Birds website along with  teaching notes for NZ schools & the ebook available from Amazon – but why not get Battle of the Birds and The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales for only $NZ36 here on our PledgeMe campaign?

We know you’ll love Lee Murray’s stories Bells and The Christmas Pantomime in The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales…and you may find out why Santa and Rudolf are riding in a police car…

cop_carMerry Christmas,

From the team at Phantom Feather Press

Phantom Feather Press

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