The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

Title

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

Authors

Brian Conaghan

Publisher

Bloomsbury

Publication Year

2019

ISBN

9781681194820

Pages

368 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Seventeen-year-old Bobby Seed, the devoted but exhausted primary caregiver for his terminally-ill mother and difficult younger brother, finds respite in a support group and good friends, but must face his mother's impossible choice alone

Grade Level

9-12

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Family Member Death; Gay/Lesbian; Neurological Disorder; death of a mother; death; grief; loss; gay; gay teenager; multiple sclerosis

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single mother

LGBTQ+

gay

Awards

Carnegie Medal, 2019, Long List, Children's Book
Independent Book Shop Week Book Award, 2019, Short List, Children's Book
Irish Children's Book of the Year, 2018, Winner Young Adult

Keywords

carer; illness; episodes; family; friendship; group therapy; meetings; retreat; drugs; alcohol; music; recording; assisted suicide

Diversity Impact

direct

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

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