First edition cover
|Cover artist||Connie Talbot|
|1 January 2002|
Feather boy is a novel by Brighton-based author Nicky Singer; it was first published in 2002 by HarperCollins, under the Collins imprint. The story is about Robert Nobel, a boy who despairs of his newly divorced parents. Robert is the butt of classroom jokes and a victim of Niker, the classroom bully. Robert is haunted by dreams that seem to tell the future as well as the past. His life changes when a storyteller, Catherine, invites some of his class to Mayfield Rest Home, a place Robert has already dreamed about.
A strange old lady, Edith Sorrel, sends him on a quest to solve the mystery of the derelict Chance House, which has a ghoulish legend attached to it.
Feather Boy was adapted by the BBC into a children's series, directed by Dermot Boyd, and starring: Thomas Sangster, Sheila Hancock, Ronald Pickup, Aaron Johnson and Lindsey Coulson. The first episode was broadcast on CBBC on BBC 1 on 16 March 2004.
In late 2005, Peter Tabern and Nicky Singer adapted the book, into a musical with music and lyrics by Don Black and Debbie Wiseman. It was adapted for the 2006 cycle of plays for the Shell Connections Festival.
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- Blue Peter Book of the Year 2002 press release
- Works by or about Nicky Singer in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Nicky Singer, 1956– at Library of Congress Authorities, with 5 catalogue records (2001–present)
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