Last night I had the great good fortune to “meet” Crystal Chan, the author of the wonderful new book, Bird. Okay, not exactly meet, but I did get to cyber-chat with her (along with my online college friends’ book group). And we got to bond over growing up in the same area! 🙂 Bird is a lovely, lyrical look at deep topics that affect many: dealing with the death of a loved one, growing up mixed race in a place where that is exotic, family problems and just being twelve and handling all that and more. Jewel’s brother died on the day she was born and her whole life seems to revolve around that fact until one day she meets a boy with her brother’s name and then things start to change….captivating, mysterious, heartbreaking and joyous, Bird is my favorite book this year.