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First edition cover
|Cover artist||Connie Talbot|
|1 January 2002|
Robert Nobel is a boy who despairs of his newly divorced parents. He is the victim 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 previously dreamed about.
An old lady, Edith Sorrel, sends him on a quest to solve the mystery of the derelict Chance House, which has a legend regarding ghosts attached to it.
Feather Boy was adapted by the BBC into a children's series, directed by Dermot Boyd, 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.
- Blue Peter Book of the Year 2002 press release
- Feather Boy on IMDb
- 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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