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The Republic of Birds

Jessica Miller



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Text Publishing Company
03 March 2020
Children's & Educational; General fiction (Children's&YA)
Olga loves the stories of the old cartographers and pores over their ancient books and maps, trying to unlock their secrets. Sometimes, she thinks she can even feel through the maps- almost see into them-as if by magic.

But magic is banned in Tsaretsvo, ever since the war with the birds that divided the kingdom, and the powerful magic-wielding Iagas have long been banished. Now, any young girl who shows signs of being an Iaga is whisked away to Bleak Steppe-to a life, so the story goes, of unspeakable punishment.

When the bird army kidnaps Olga's sister in a surprise attack on the human kingdom, Olga realises she has to venture into the Republic of Birds to bring her back. But first, she must learn to unlock her magical ability. As her journey takes her into the hidden world of the Iagas and the wilds of the Unmappable Blank, Olga discovers the truth about the war with the birds-and learns just how much is at stake.

Inspired by Russian folklore, The Republic of Birds is a rich middle-grade fantasy adventure for readers of Karen Foxlee, Jessica Townsend and Philip Pullman.
By:   Jessica Miller
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   296g
ISBN:   9781922268044
ISBN 10:   1922268046
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   03 March 2020
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jessica Miller is a children's writer and PhD student from Brisbane, currently living in Germany. She has written for a variety of publications including Kill Your Darlings and Stilts. Her first novel, Elizabeth and Zenobia, was shortlisted for the Readings Prize and was a CBCA Notable Book.

Reviews for The Republic of Birds

'By the time I reached the end of the book my heart was racing and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough...a simple, good-old-fashioned scary manor mystery.' * Books+Publishing on Elizabeth and Zenobia * 'Readers will be absorbed by Elizabeth and Zenobia's conversations, the complex and chilling plot.' * Publishers Weekly on Elizabeth and Zenobia * 'A lonely girl, a creepy house, spirit presences and long-ago mysteries-I'm completely in love with this novel.' * Karen Foxlee on Elizabeth and Zenobia * 'I loved this strange, magical and captivating story.' * Carly Nugent * 'Oh my goodness, I would have gobbled this up as a kid. The story is just brilliant...I was completely in love from start to finish. What a feast! The world and its moving magical parts was simply wonderful. I loved everything. EVERYTHING.' * Karen Foxlee * 'This book has so many things I love: maps, strange magic, living folklore, talking animals, history books, impossible challenges and a redoubtable heroine who mistakenly regards herself as untalented and unlovely, when she is quite the opposite. I couldn't have enjoyed reading this more, it's an absolute joy. Make a note for March next year: read The Republic of Birds.' * Leanne Hall * 'I loved this spicy fantasy with its unusual Russian influences and its clever, cartographer heroine.' * Isobelle Carmody *

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