- Modern Georgian Prose, Home Reading Books
“Soul-Bird”, the debut novel of successful teacher Tamar Gegeshidze, is one of the most outstanding contemporary works for young people by a Georgian author.
At first, the book’s main protagonist, Luka, appears to everyone to be just one more regular eleven-year-old boy, but Luka himself is of a different opinion and feels we should all get to know him better. One day, Luka and his best friends decide to pick out, from among all the birds in the sky, their very own bird, the one that fits their soul most closely, so that they will each have their own Soul-Bird.
The sudden arrival of a new classmate from another school, however, disturbs the peace and harmony of the Soul-Birds, and they struggle to find tranquillity at home, during lessons, and even on each other’s birthdays.
Will the divided classmates find a common language once again? Will Luka’s parents, who spend all day at work, win back their child’s heart? And will teacher Miss Marika, beloved by all, find the strength to repair the wings of her crestfallen pupils after so many unhappy events? In this new work, part of the After-School Reading series, these and many other questions will be answered, a process that will serve as a useful experience not only for pupils, but also for parents and teachers.