Rachel Bird

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Sometimes family can surprise you.

Rachel and her little sister, Jane, are spending the summer with two strangers who happen to be their grandparents. Up until their mom’s death a few months ago, Rachel didn’t know these people existed, and now she’s been packed off to the family ranch in the interior of British Columbia—a place with mountains, lakes, and zero cell service. 

But her newfound family isn’t the only secret that’s been kept from her. Why did their mother leave her family so many years ago? Why does their grandpa stay hidden away in the basement, and what happened to their Uncle Jimmy? And the biggest question mark of all: who was the mysterious Stephanie?

Once Rachel shines a light into the ranch’s dark corners, nothing will ever be the same again.

Praise & Recognition

"[Becky Citra] measures out mysteries and revelations while chronicling a summer of discoveries—some tragic, even gruesome, but others that give Rachel whole new visions of her mother, her family, and of her own life... Readers, particularly those able to catch subtle cues and read between lines, will understand how events and insights gradually transform her vision of the future. An unexpectedly buoyant tale of loss and healing."

Kirkus Reviews

“Rachel Bird is a beautifully written multi-layered story... Its short chapters propel the story forward and will keep even reluctant readers engaged right to the end. This is a perfect summer read set against the backdrop of the remote and beautiful interior of British Columbia.”

Quill & Quire

"Combines elements of mystery, romance and adventure… Citra has plenty of details making her setting authentic as Rachel learns to ride, hears coyotes howl and explores a beaver pond with a sinister surprise."

Winnipeg Free Press

The Whippoorwill Award for Young Adult and Middle Grades Literature 2023 - Winner

Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Snow Willow 2024 - Short-listed


Publication Date: May 3, 2022

Reading Age: 13 - 19

Genre: Teen, Children's Fiction

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 232

ISBN: 978-1-77260-243-2

Becky Citra

About the Author

Becky Citra

Becky Citra is a former teacher and the author of twenty books for children. She lives part of the year on Saltspring Island and part of the year on a ranch in Bridge Lake, British Columbia. Becky enjoys hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing and gardening. She brings her knowledge of the outdoors into her books, often writing about ranch life and the wilderness.
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