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  1. It’s hard to believe but the author was only 12 years old when she wrote this thrilling, beautifully crafted fantasy about evil Lord Turnatt, a hawk who has enslaved birds to build a fortress and has set the cardinals and bluejays to fighting each other.

    She creates vivid characters with wonderful names (Flameback the cardinal, Dilby the loon) and other cool words like “nobird”, “somebird,” and “everybird.” There’s a hummingbird circus, birds dining on raspberry pie and fending off invaders with scalding bean soup. Best of all each chapter starts with a quotation from some book of bird lore, including the Book of Heresy which promises the terrible Turnatt eternal life – if he eats the egg of one woodbird every day.

    Nancy Yi Fan is a talent to watch!

    – Jean Westmoore, The Buffalo News


    她创作出许多栩栩如生的角色,并给他们起了绝妙的名字如红鸟火焰背,潜鸟迪比等,另外作者还自创了其他一些很酷的英文词语如“nobird”,”somebird”和 “everybird”。有一群剧团鸟,用红莓派和滚烫的豆子汤阻击入侵者。更精彩的是书的每章前都有一段引语,或者是引自充满鸟族古老传说的《古经》,或者是引自《邪经》。《邪经》让恶霸特耐特着迷的是里面的一句话:每天吃一只林鸟蛋,生命延续到永远。


    -琼.韦斯特莫尔 《布法罗新闻报》2007年2月4日

  2. I read Swordbird last weekend and was amazed. It’s an extraordinary work, and would be an accomplishment for an adult author. That the writer was so young really makes this work remarkable. The bird characters, the juxtaposition of the Book of Heresy and Old Scripture sayings, and the almost allegorical tone give it a solid fantasy feel. In short, I loved it, and I think kids
    will really enjoy it, both as a great story and as a phenomenal work by one of their peers.

    We’ll be adding the book to the reading program and including it in our book fair offerings!


    Kevin Washburn, Ed.D.
    Clerestory Learning/Make Way for Books
    Pelham, AL





  3. I am a 10 year old who has just devoured the book Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan. I loved the book! I think it will be a hit and anxiously await a sequel.
    Paul Carstens


    – 保罗.卡斯腾斯

  4. Be sure to read Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan. It is not only a wonderful story about the birds of Stone-Run Forest, it is a lesson in what fighting can do to a community and the heroism and courage needed to find peace.

    – Mrs. Chenique


    – 琴尼克夫人

  5. Turnatt takes control over the hawk population of Stone-Run Forest. He demands loyalty and will punish those who disobey though he can be fickle and inconsistent with his commands. His goal is become the Evil Conqueror and Slayer known as the “Tyrant of Fortress Glooming” that will eventually encompass the entire forest.

    As his forces attack the other bird species, the blue jays and the cardinals think the other has attacked them. Their hostility is open and war seems imminent with the only winner being Turnatt whose minion caused the argument between the blue and the red. Unless a miracle occurs many will die and a free forest will become a vicious malevolent dictator’s realm. However, only the Swordbird, son of the Great Spirit, can prevent the tragedy and return the forest to domestic tranquility for all its creatures. The only problem is the Swordbird is a myth.

    This is a fascinating well written personification fantasy aimed at the 8-12 years old crowd. Readers will see differing personalities especially between the various bird species. As the non Hawks pray for a hero especially Swordbird, fans will enjoy the confrontation between evil and good.

    Harriet Klausner





  6. This book is the best book ever!

    I think this book should be made a best seller, it has what all books need, a great story, adventure, and a great writer to write. Nancy Yi Fan should continue writing!

    Catherine M Newman




  7. This was an engaging, amazing ,beautifully written book. I loved her first sentence and called my sister, a school librarian in California, who orders books for her district, right away.She is going to order it for her schools. I love birds and the cardinals and blue jays are here in New Jersey in abundance and peaked my interest. I am a retired teacher and if still teaching 3rd grade, would read this book to the class. We would do a unit, including the different birds, vocabulary, and theme. I gave the book to my daughter, who is a teacher and she is going to read it and do activities with her 5th graders. Good luck to Nancy with her writing career.

    by: Mary Lou Neill
    New Jersey
    retired elem teacher




  8. I just finished Swordbird and it’s an excellent book. I thought it was nice that I’m not the only one who has thoughts about peace and war. It was a powerful book. If the book becomes a movie, I think it would win an award. Great job. It gave me inspiration to turn my story into a book.

    – Megan Cahill, 14 years old, Long Island, NY


    -梅甘.卡希尔, 14岁, 于纽约州,长岛, 2007年3月20日

  9. Most impressive! It will be interesting to see how Fan develops as an author as she matures. The next great American novelist just may be from China.

    Manchester Center, VT



  10. What an incredible story! It’s exciting, adventurous, and magnificent. It has fabulous characters in a captivating world that really sucked me in. Loved it!
    Linh (San Jose, CA)



  11. This book is amazing, the characters and the plot were magical. This book is for people who like Warriors! I should know I am one. Yeah, overall the book was very great. I hope Nancy Yi Fan continues writing for the rest of her life!

    – Mychajlo
    Philadelphia, PA


    – 迈卡亚罗

  12. I don’t like fantasy books, but I thought Swordbird was marvelous! Nancy Yi Fan is an incredible young writer. She cleverly uses personification to show how war hurts both sides and the strong feelings that evolve from it. In fact, her characters become so life-like that at times I cried along beside them, laughed at them, or became angry with them. I look forward to Nancy’s next creation!

    Onalaska, WI



  13. Swordbird was an interesting look at war through the eyes of a child. Young writer Nancy Yi Fan transferred her 6th grade girl’s perception of war and resulting fears to a war situation in a forest inhabited by cardinals, blue jays, robins, assorted songbirds, and a terroristic hawk with his army of crows and ravens. The author gave human characteristics to the birds while keeping their birdlike qualities as well–which would keep the subject more approachable to children reading her book. I liked how the enslaved birds as well as the birds under attack fought back and thought of ways to join together to beat the evil dictator. This book may help children realize that although fighting a war is never pleasant, those under attack should unite, have faith, and work together to maintain freedom.
    Dover, DE



  14. I think Swordbird is amazing. It is the kind of book that I love to read, and the author is around my age. I bought it and read it in one night. I only hope that someday I will write that well.
    by Emily Anderson



  15. I bought this book for my 10 year old grandson who read the book in 2 days. He said he really liked it and the fact the characters were birds really amazed him. I gave it a five star rating on his recommendation.

    Evelyn R. Boyer



  16. Nancy, you are an insparation to me. Not only did you write an amazingly fun book, but you showed me that if you follow your dreams and never give up, you can accomplish anything!!!

    Willow (12 years old)

    范祎, 你给我的鼓励太大了。你不仅写出了一本非常有趣的书,而且你的成绩告诉大家如果你追求你的梦想,你就能成功的!!!


  17. Your book is the best book ever. I read it in one day. You should make it into a movie. I’m making my mom read the book. Your book was featured in my TFK magazine. I love the book so much. – Mia

    – 米娅

  18. Swordbird
    Nancy Yi Fan, read by Colleen Delaney. HarperChildren’s Audio, unabridged, four CDs, four hours, $25.95 ISBN 978-0-06-123398-2

    As any fan of Brian Jacques’s Redwall saga knows, the forest is teeming with societies of animals that have complicated dynamics. Thirteen-year-old author Yi Fan’s debut novel joins the genre with her tale told from the birds’ vantage point, translated handily to audio by Delaney. The narrator’s steady, assured delivery paints a captivating fantasy world for listeners, replete with feathered heroes and villains. Turnatt, the tyrant hawk, forces his enslaved woodbird subjects to steal eggs and food from both the blue jays and the cardinals, causing the two bird tribes to blame each other and go to war. But when a neutral party reveals Turnatt’s plan, the warring factions join forces to seek out the Swordbird, Son of the Great Spirit, the only true hope to help them restore peace. Though listeners may have trouble differentiating Delaney’s bird character voices, adventure, action and allegory abound here, helping this recording to take wing. A bonus interview with the author is included. Ages 10-up. (Feb.)

    Staff of Publishers Weekly


  19. I saw an article in a children’s newspaper about a young girl called Nancy Yi Fan who had published a book. When I read Swordbird, I was amazed how the author described every character, event, and place with such detail, and how the plot worked out so well. I really enjoyed reding Swordbird, and cannot wait for the sequel to come out!
    – Téa Kvetenadze


  20. I think your book is awesome. We read it at school but I wanted to read it again because it was so good. You have encouraged me to write. I liked seeing you at my school too. Thank you!



  21. Hi, Nancy.

    I enjoyed your story. The best part is the way you write — crisp, clear, not a wasted word. The story as well is tidy, pleasant, and compelling.

    I loved your use of language — your precise use of verbs such as ‘pinioned’, ‘scurry’, ‘bobbed’, ‘gurgles’, ‘rippled’, etc, the made-up pronouns with such clarity (e.g ‘anybird’) and the images like ‘a thick wall of pines’. The names and terms you used drew me into the story. ‘Slavebird’, ‘Flame-back’ for a cardinal, ‘Skylion’ for a blue jay, ‘Bone-squak’, and ‘Swordbird’ are all in a true fantasy fashion. The index of names at the end is kind of a treat. Actually all the extra stuff enhanced the book appropriately….

    Your book is brilliant in all of its detail and craft.

    Linda Leonard Lamme,
    Professor of Children’s Literature, Ph.D.
    University of Florida

    范祎: 你好!

    我喜欢你的故事。最好的部分是你的写作手法 — 干脆、明了、没有废话。故事结构也很合理,读起来令人愉悦,让人一口气读下去。我喜欢你使用的动词,如,“pinioned”(捆绑上翅膀),“scurry”(急跑),“bobbed”(上下点头),“gurgles”(发出潺潺声),“rippled”(泛起涟漪)等等,还有你自己创造的代词(如“anybird”每只鸟),挺有意思。再有一些景象的描写也很到位,如“a thick wall of pines”(松林的屏障)。你使用的名字很吸引我,如“火焰背”,“天狮”,“骨头喊”和“剑鸟”都带有奇幻小说的风格。结尾的名字目录给读者带来了方便。事实上,所有附加的东西都很得体。



  22. Swordbird is the most inspirational book for kids wanting to write their own books. It has everything an important book should have, and you may not even believe that a 12/13 year old wrote this. When I write my books and I get stuck, I find myself thinking “What would Nancy do?” It’s real great.-Erin G.

    《剑鸟》这本书最能给自己想写小说的 孩子带来启发和鼓励。它具有所有好书所具备的特征。你也许不相信一个十二、三岁的孩子能写出这样的书。当我写书时,常常写不下去,这时,我就问自己“范祎怎么做的呢?”这本书真好啊!

  23. Dear Nancy, today I finished Swordbird. You are such an inspiring author!!! I think you should write a sequel or turn it into the first book of a series. It would be cool if we could see Miltin again!
    -Valerie (Val)




  24. 听作者的演讲有所得

    作者: ZDBNFXL001

  25. 今天一口气看完了后半本。这种书好像有个特点,看前半本时毫无感觉,但是看下去就会放不下来。而且也不能用故事梗概去预测它的精彩程度,就像福楼拜说的,一个故事在于怎么去写。我真料不到细节会那么生动和丰富,还读出点和平,信仰,牺牲之类的东西。

    作者: ZDBNFXL001

  26. I want to be cautious to not undermine the author’s skill level and potential because of her age. It’s undeniably a remarkable book considering the author’s age. Truth be told, many adult authors neglect to proofread their work. So, it’s admirable and inspiring to see someone who isn’t even a teenager yet to publish such a successful book. Admittedly, the storyline is targeted for the younger audience, as it was written by a younger person, so I wouldn’t recommend this to the average adult, but it’s a great book for children whose curiosity and interest in animals are at their peak. This book is engaging for them and offers a sense of mysticism that they can connect to. It’s like the Disney movie version of a book with an underlying political and moral compass. It’s best for young children whose reading level is advancing. It’ll also be so encouraging for children to know that someone their age accomplished such a goal.
    With that said a well-written book by such an accomplished and dedicated writer more than deserves our support.

    – Erik Espinoza



    – 埃里克.埃斯皮诺萨

  27. Yi Fan’s tightly woven story delivers a manifest message promoting peace and freedom. Starring woodland bird characters, the saga pits the tyrannical hawk Turnatt, captor of “slavebirds” whom he shackles and puts to work building his fortress, against the cardinals and blue jays. Though once friendly, these two benign flocks are now at war: Turnatt’s soldiers have stolen eggs and food from each flock (the hawk eats a purloined egg daily, believing this will “keep death away”), and have led each camp to believe the other is responsible for the thefts. One of the slavebirds, a robin named Miltin, escapes to tell Aska, a brave young jay, about Turnatt’s evil doings and his plan to enslave all the local woodbirds. Blue jays and cardinals join forces to vanquish the despot, a mission that entails several diverting twists, including a search for the necessary elements to summon the Swordbird, the “mystical white bird, the son of the Great Spirit.” The author occasionally relieves the tale’s ample tension with snippets of humor. While feasting with a traveling troupe of winged thespians, for instance, the cardinals and blue jays drive away Turnatt’s marauding forces by bombarding them with bean soup and raspberry pies. Experienced readers will recognize the familiar allegory here, but the book will likely appeal to Redwall fans, and this young writer is worth watching.
    – Publishers Weekly

    范祎这本巧妙编织的故事传达了一个追求和平和自由的讯息。它以林鸟为正面角色,恶霸老鹰特耐特为反面角色,描写了特耐特如何抓鸟为奴,来建筑堡垒,并袭击红蓝鸟的故事。尽管红蓝鸟曾经是朋友,但他们现在却彼此打了起来,这是因为特耐特士兵偷蛋、偷食物 (特耐特老鹰每天吃只林鸟蛋,相信这样会长生不老的),让红蓝鸟彼此认为是对方干的。奴鸟中的一只鸫鸟米尔顿逃了出来,把特耐特的罪恶行径和要抓当地鸟为奴的真相告诉了一只勇敢的蓝鸟少女爱斯卡。红蓝鸟联合起来一起抵抗特耐特。这期间包括了一些有趣的曲折情节,如寻找呼唤剑鸟的宝物,剑鸟是只神秘的白鸟,神的儿子。作者在紧张的故事情节中穿插了些风趣、幽默的片段,红蓝鸟联合剧团鸟用豆子汤、草莓派反击进攻他们的特耐特士兵。有经验的读者会联想到《红墙》系列的一些场面。这本小说大概会吸引《红墙》系列书迷的。这位小作家值得注目。


  28. Dear Nancy, When is your next book going to come? Just to tell you, your book is great!
    – Alex




  29. 我很佩服這麼一位年紀輕輕的小女孩,文筆出眾,思想成熟,這本書目前已經榮登紐約時報暢銷書排行榜,並於世界各地出版熱銷,中文版的則是由范禕親自翻譯。
    -Shelly Chiu

    I admire such a young girl. Her writing is so outstanding and her thoughts are so mature. This novel has appreared on the New York Times Bestseller List and sells hot worldwide. Its Chinese version was translated by Nancy Yi Fan herself.

    – Shelly Chiu

  30. First “Eragon”, Now “Swordbird”

    Another young author is hitting the big time with a published book. Nancy Yi Fan dreamt of her story when she was 11. At 13, her first book – Swordbird – is due out in February from Harper Collins – with a first printing of 50,000 copies. That is HUGE. What a great story.





  31. Nancy Yi Fan was eleven when she began writing Swordbird. The story grew from a dream she had following class discussions of the Revolutionary War, terrorism, and 9/11. Wheeling freely through the viewpoints of multiple characters and beyond, this is the story of a society of birds in the grip of an ongoing feud. The blue jays and cardinals have been squabbling for generations, but now a tyrannical hawk is using slave-catchers to escalate the conflict in the pursuit of absolute power. When Aska of the Bluewingle tribe meets the slavebird Miltin, the resulting small steps toward freedom lead eventually to a great battle and the triumph of sacrifice and heroism. This writing has a youthful exuberance. The reach of the story is vast and courageous. Its precocious accomplishment is evident in the invention of “somebird” and “anybird” as pronouns, and in somber yet ingenuous revelations (“…every egg was bought with scars and bruises”) about the marauding hawk Turnatt’s past. Elsewhere, the writer’s age shows more plainly. Bean soup and raspberry pie overcome armed raiders. Aska exhorts the blue jays to take risks “with a determined tone in her voice.” Yet the same flat delivery renders sharply sinister the scene in which Turnatt wantonly kills a raven. Mark Zug’s black-and-white drawings repeat strategically, offering a visual underpinning to the characters and story line. In balance, even given the quirky and unpredictable nature of childhood writing, this young writer seems a natural word bird. With luck, despite her rise to early international fame, she will successfully negotiate the complex choreography of writing and life that would seem to be foreshadowed by this debut.
    -Children’s Literature

  32. This young author has a very Tolkien-esque storytelling style. Her book shows the power of friendship to overcome difficulties and portrays a desire for peace that I think every reader will be able to relate with. The characters are endearing and their struggles seem like my own as I read this creative fantasy.
    – Kirsten (Great Meadows, NJ)

  33. Stone-Run Forest is home to the tribes of Sunrise and Bluewingle. The cardinals and blue jays have enjoyed living in peaceful harmony for many seasons. When supplies and eggs begin to go missing, however, suspicions arise from both tribes that their friends are stealing from them. Soon there is tension in the air, and random raids threaten to turn into a war between the tribes. Meanwhile, birds on either side sadly wonder what could have ended the long friendship.

    One day, Aska from the Bluewingle tribe is chased by a murder of crows and stumbles across a young robin named Miltin. Miltin had escaped from a torturous place called Fortress Glooming where he was forced to work as a slavebird under a hawk tyrant, Turnatt. He is seeking the help of woodbirds to rescue the slavebirds and stop the hawk’s evil plans once and for all. When Aska relays the unpleasant discovery to the rest of Stone-Run, the old friends realize they have a common enemy who has been pitting the two tribes against each other.

    As the tribes begin to heal their broken friendship, they are visited by the Flying Willowleaf Theater, minstrels who have stopped by to help celebrate the Bright Moon Festival. In the midst of these festivities, however, the tribes are attacked by an army of Turnatt’s followers. Sunrise and Bluewingle are aware that they need some extra help to accomplish the mission of restoring peace to Stone-Run Forest.

    They hold faith in Swordbird, the legendary hero who fights evil and restores peace to those who seek him. But there are doubts as to whether or not Swordbird is real, and, if so, whether or not he can help Stone-Run Forest before evil has the chance to prevail.

    Talented young author Nancy Yi Fan wrote SWORDBIRD when she was just 11 years old and will continue to be a notable writer for many years to come. While fans of the Redwall series especially will appreciate the story, I recommend this debut novel to anyone who believes in peace.

    — Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle


    – 萨拉.索特

  34. 范姐姐,我是芳草地小学的一名学生(本部),叫高语含.我给你书中的剑鸟之歌的第一段词写了谱子呢!

    Dear Nancy, I’m a student at Fangcaodi Elementary School (Beijing), and my name is Yuhan Gao. I have composed a piece of music for the first verse of the SONG of SWORDBIRD!

    – Yuhan Gao

  35. “The Swordbird,” is especially notable because the author, Nancy Yi Fan, is only 12 years old; Nancy had a vivid dream one night about birds at war while she was also wrestling with her feelings about Sept. 11. She wrote the book to convey a message of peace, but she also succeeded in writing a remarkable piece of fantasy literature.
    – Phyllis Peter

  36. “Nancy Yi Fan has done a lot in 13 years.”
    — Time for Kids



  37. This book was absolutely amazing the story line, and characters.


  38. SWORDBIRD is a great read! It’s like the air I breathe every morning when I open the windows: fresh and cool. The 12-year-old young writer, Nancy Yi Fan, drew me completely into her imaginative world with “freshly brewed acorn and dandelion tea” and the hawk Turnatt’s attitude “a woodbird egg a day will keep death away”. The book’s simple yet poetic language, its smooth and natural flow, its story structure and cliff-hangers deeply impressed me. It’s natural, plain and pure. The moral of Swordbird is strong: war hurts both parties; selflessness is powerful. Young readers can realize these between lines. I strongly recommend the book!
    – John Lockhart

  39. I always knew there was greatness inside this English as a second language learner. I was her teacher. I wondered as I read Swordbird how the author would create an ending. I was not disappointed.
    -Diane Goodwin


  40. Over the course of two nights I read Swordbird a young adult fantasy by Nancy Yi Fan. I actually stole this one from my wife’s collection. I don’t read a lot of young adult fiction or fantasies but this one was written by a young girl, eleven or twelve when she started writing it if I remember right, who came to America at an early age. I was curious to see how someone so young writing in what I believe was her second language, I could be wrong about that since it has been awhile since i heard her background, pulled off such an ambitious project.

    -Travis Erwin



  41. I am honored to make a statement about Swordbird and its remarkable 13 year-old author, Nancy Yi Fan. The more I learn about Nancy, the more I admire her. I was so impressed to find out that even though Nancy had to learn English when she moved to the US from China [at age 7], she studied so hard that she was able write an entire book in English just a few years after learning it! I am very happy that she has continued to study Chinese and was even able to translate Swordbird from English to Chinese. It always makes me sad to hear about Chinese who move overseas and leave behind their language and customs. I am so proud of Nancy for continuing to treasure our culture.

    Swordbird is a story about peace, freedom, and tolerance. These are all things that are very close to my heart. When I travel throughout the world and see what happens to people because of war and violence – for example, the landmine victims in Cambodia – it breaks my heart. I know that Nancy wrote her story partly as a reaction to the events of 9/11. I’m happy that she found a way to express her desire for peace and freedom. I think that Nancy is an inspiration to a lot of people and she is proof that if you work hard and dream big, anything can happen!

    – Jackie Chan
    from Los Angeles, CA
    March 22, 2007




  42. At age 13, Nancy Yi Fan may be HarperCollins’s youngest author, but her fantasy novel about warring birds and their struggle for freedom is getting some adult-sized attention. As part of a five-city tour, Nancy discussed her book on Martha on February 12. There, the Audubon Society of Florida made her an honorary member, and a bald eagle from the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey was adopted in her name.

    -Publishers Weekly



  43. Having read the excerpt I just can’t help but want to buy one to read myself… It’s my favorite line of fiction…
    -Sweet Grapes

    在网上读了这本书的片段, 我不禁要买这本书……这是我最喜欢的小说的段子。

  44. Dear Nancy,

    Thank you for writing Swordbird. I loved reading it. I think this book should be made into a kids movie because it is a learning story about peace. I hope you write more awesome books for young adults.

    Keep writing.

    Your Reader,
    Mark Brown (10)
    Mokena, IL





    马克.布朗 (十岁)


  45. I first heard about Swordbird while reading a Discovery Girls magazine.
    I read that article about Nancy Yi Fan over and over. In fact, the page has lost its glossy shine.
    I was amazed that a girl my age had written a book- and gotten it published! You see, that has been my dream since 3rd grade.
    Reading about Nancy’s sucess helped me realize that ‘I needed to write. Writing is my passion (one of them!) and I’ll never stop.’
    A few weeks later, my mom was at her school’s bookfair. She called me and asked what book I wanted. Immediatly, I said ‘Swordbird, by Nancy Yi Fan.’
    They didn’t have it, so my mother ordered it. There was a mix up at the place where she ordered it, so I didn’t get it. A while later, they called and said that they would mail it. So, I waited in anticipation.

    About 4 days later, it came. I had just gotten home from a muddy trip to a park and museum, and was engrossed in the book ‘Troll Hill’.
    Mom said to me ‘Your book is here!’ Almost at once, I sat the other book down and started Swordbird.
    A couple pages in, my little neighbor came by with a care package, because I was sick at the time. (Actually, that was just a few hours ago- I’m still sick of course!)
    Sitting down to some ginger tea with honey in it, I returned to the book.
    It was better than I thought. In just about an hour and a half or two ,I finished Swordbird. “Wow.” All I could say was “Wow.”
    Such a powerful story, with a powerful message, written by a girl not much older than myself. “Wow.”
    And so, that is how I heard about, anticipated, read, and thought about Swordbird.

    Best Wishes,
    Emily H.

  46. Swordbird has a more straightforward presentation but a more unusual provenance.

    Swordbird is basically a revamped fairy tale with Aesopian overtones. This does not make it an uninteresting book – in fact, the target audience of readers ages 8-12 will likely find it enthralling.

    – The Infodad Team

  47. Fan weaves a compelling tale whose intent is not only to entertain but to uplift, to inspire people into seeking peace and unity. She’s already working on a related novel, and I wish her the best of luck.




  48. I read an interview with the young author of this book; she’s mighty impressive, and you can tell somehow intuitively thinks like a writer, even at eleven. Haven’t read the book yet, though your review reminded me I want to!


  49. That was a great read. You can tell from her quotes that she has a gift.
    – Sam Hranac

  50. 语言清新,形象生动,情节环环相扣,蕴涵趣味与哲理……《剑鸟》具备一个好故事的基本特征,同时它带有典型的孩子气的丰富想像和善良愿望。我相信每个孩子心中都又如此奇幻美丽的故事,而范祎恰巧有能力讲述出来,这是她的幸运,也是我们的幸运。
    – 阿甲 (著名书评人)

    Fresh, vivid, compelling, full of fun and morals… Swordbird not only has the elements of a great story, but also contains the rich imagination and hopes of a child. I believe that there is something as fantastic in every kid’s heart. Yet Nancy was endowed with the skill to express it; it is Nancy Yi Fan’s fortune as well as ours.

    — A Jia (famous book reviewer)

  51. 这个十二岁女孩写的故事会成为你记忆中的一根金色的羽毛。
    – 梅子涵 (著名儿童文学作家)

    This 12-year-old girl’s story can become a golden feather in your memory.

    Zihan Mei

  52. Dear Nancy,
    I bought your book yesterday and I’ve already finished it! I really enjoyed reading it and can’t wait for your next book. By the way, I’m a 8 year old girl from England.



  53. Great book!

    This is a great book of fiction and violence, very enjoyable.

    -Animal lover




  54. An action-packed adventure that readers won’t be able to put down,
    Swordbird has all the makings for a classic epic fantasy novel.
    – HarperCollins, UK



  55. I really like this book because it’s exciting and different because the characters are all birds. The blue jays are battling the cardinals because an evil hawk is tricking them by stealing their food and eggs. The hawk is trying to build a fortress so he can rule the bird world and he makes the other birds into slaves. Swordbird is the hero in the story because he saves the other birds. The story is exciting because there are many different places in the bird world and the hawk is trying to rule it all. I also like this book because the author wrote it when she was in the sixth grade.
    – Dalton Booker, 3rd grade

  56. When I taught her in 2005 she was a middle school student in a group of mainly university students, and her English was head and shoulders over theirs! After doing some Google searches and learning more about her background. I learned that when I taught her she was only 11 years old, but she had lived for several years in the USA.
    – Professor Rob Loach
    Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC

  57. 今天的children’s literature课请来了Swordbird的作者Nancy做presentation。Nancy是个住在Floridad的中国女孩,今年12岁。年纪小小却已经是一本科幻小说的作者了,虽然真个演讲像极了中学女生的风格,但是大家都喜欢这个既聪明又谦虚的女孩,喜欢她手舞足蹈又自然亲切地讲她的写作过程。写这本书源于一个梦:喜欢观鸟的她梦见了拿着剑为自由和和平而战的鸟。因为我常身不由己夜夜做梦,再不断研究自己的梦,从她的梦我基本可以理解她的当时的心理状态,可喜的是随着这本书的出版,她的境况会大大不同往日,恐怕她是无缘再做同样的梦了,不过写作并不需要那么多梦,更多地需要勤奋和思考。谈到她正在构思的第二本书,她希望情节可以更复杂一点,读者群可以更广泛一点,而教授则认为像第一本书这样就很好了,贵在简单。我觉得只要跟自己年龄相称就好了,人在不断成熟,写作风格也会不断娴熟,作品就会水到渠成。

  58. I am thinking about the books my son is reading or has read, he LOVED “Swordbird” it was written by a twelve year old girl.
    Cambridge, Ontario



  59. Just wanted to say Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan was quite impressive. Keep up the great books.



  60. “我不会失去什么”
    在美国有记者说哈利·波特和她像是孪生兄妹。她对中国的媒体说, “这本书和《哈利·波特》一点儿都不接近,我更现实”;“我写小说像玩儿”。儿化音还是那么足。

  61. Very impressive. Very reminiscient of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. Cute.
    -Eileeny Bileeny

  62. 一個才十三歲的小孩,竟然可以去關注全球和平的問題,我真的感到很驚訝,也很興奮。



    – 穆梅

  63. VOYA Review
    April 2007
    The cardinals and blue jays are at war. Strangely enough, they were friends a short while ago, but accusations of egg theft made them enemies. Little did they know that sinister, one-eyed hawk Turnatt stole and ate the eggs to feed his insatiable need for everlasting life. He enlisted an avian army and they enslaved other birds to do his bidding. When the sparring birds learn about the conspiracy behind their sudden animosity, they conclude that the mythical Swordbird might be their only hope for a truce. Swordbird, a white bird and guardian of peace, can be summoned with a song and a gem. The bird tribes send delegates Aska, a blue jay, and Miltin, a robin, across the dangerous White Cap Mountains on a quest for one of the eight known Leasorn gems in existence.
    Now living in the U.S., Chinese-born, first-time author Fan began writing this novel when she was twelve years old. She conjures an intricate bird cosmology and hierarchy as a background to the overall plot. The book moves swiftly from chapter to chapter with help from sheer brevity, copious action scenes, and illustrations. Novice readers will enjoy the large text and generous spacing and margins. Advanced readers can muse over the novel’s allegorical nature and literary allusions. The author provides a list of major characters to help keep up with the sizeable cast. Aficionados of Jacques’ Redwall series should enjoy this new offering to the anthropomorphized animal genre.
    — Angelica Delgado.


  64. I was totally crazy about your book!I finished the book this weekend and it is amazing!I found it so amazing that Nancy Yi Fan wrote a novel that included both peace and violence.It was so impressive that Nancy wrote this when she was 11!The story is full of suspense and the characters are all birds.I would’ve have thought of that as a story.I hope Nancy Yi Fan continues to write amazing novels.This book should be sold in every language around the world!This book is truly 5 stars.I want Nancy Yi Fan to know that she has been a true inspiration and I hope in the future I could create a book just like this one!

    -Sharon,5th grader

  65. The book is an amazing tale filled with adventure, courageous characters and a message the whole world needs to hear: “Peace is wonderful; freedom is sacred.”
    Nancy Yi Fan uses such imagination and vivid detail in the story that you begin to feel as if you’re in the book. Swordbird is perfect for any tween with a good imagination and hopes for a more peaceful world.
    -Taylor Glogowski (15 years old)

  66. LOVED IT!! The writer draws you in and takes you to the forest of blue & red. I read this to my 7 year old and we both would recommend this book!
    -Gabrielle (Ball Ground, GA)

    喜爱这本书! 作者把你完全带到小说的境界中了, 带到了那红蓝鸟家园的那片森林。我给7岁的孩子读了这本书。我们都推荐它!

    – 加布丽埃勒


  67. Great book. I can’t believe that she is just a kid. Her message of freedom and peace are amazing. You can feel her thoughts come right off the pages. Great read!!!
    -Arianna (Queen Creek, AZ)

  68. This is so cool! I’m 12 I love to write, and this gives me a lot of hope.
    – Ami (

  69. Hi! Nancy, I am quite dilighted to read your book. That’s a great book. I’m really pround of you.
    – Anddy (

  70. There are some lovely details and some remarkable use of language. It is not overwrought as some of the teen authors’ works have been of late (not going to mention any names here, but you all can fill in those blanks, I think). The birds have their individual identities, their own voices if you will. I do love some of the references to bird’s more human-like behavior as they tip-claw (rather than tip toe). All in all, I enjoyed the story and anticipate there will be sequels coming along shortly.
    Huntsville, Texas, United States

  71. A book anybird could love

    Apr 19, 2007 04:30 AM
    Michael Laskaris
    Planet reviewer. Toronto Star
    Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan

    The most amazing thing about Swordbird is that it is written by a 12-year-old girl. Most people can’t really criticize this book because at that age, they were probably struggling just to crank out a couple of pages for a middle-school creative writing assignment.

    For a book written by someone that young, Swordbird is incredibly creative and well done.

    The book takes place at a time when the blue jays and cardinals of Stone-Run Forest are at war, and even more interestingly, BIRDS CAN TALK. As well, an evil, power-hungry lord named Turnatt is determined to enslave all of the birds and do whatever he can to rule the forest.

    The slave birds are determined to obtain a magical gem which will then summon the great hero of the forest, Swordbird.

    I liked the fact this fantasy novel didn’t feel like a ripoff of another series. It was quite creative how the book wasn’t centred on humans.

    There were a lot of characters to keep track of here, so it’s a good thing that a short guide of who all the characters are and how they relate to each other is included. The characters were well described and seemed almost human – until, throughout the clever use of language, you were reminded they weren’t.

    For example, the word “anybody” was changed to “anybird,” “nobody” to “nobird,” and “everybody” to “everybird.”

    I think kids will like the fact that this story is different from most and always keeps moving, due to the fact it has multiple, overlapping plots. It also has some short excerpts from made-up books before the start of each chapter to hint at what the following chapter is about. I thought that was a really unique way to set up a plot.

    Swordbird is terrific and I was amazed that someone that young was capable of writing a really original and different book that always kept you interested.

    Michael Laskaris, 14, Grade 9, Toronto

  72. Fan, Nancy Yi. Swordbird. Illustrated by Mark Zug. HarperCollins, 2007. ISBN 9780061130991. $15.99. 219 p. Reviewer: Angel Pearce Reading Level: Intermediate Rating: Outstanding Genre: Fantasy; Subject: Children’s writings, American; Birds–Juvenile fiction; Fantasy; Books–Reviews.

    This book is impressive considering a 12-year-old girl wrote it. It is pretty amazing in fact considering how difficult it is for some children to write a story without rushing to finish it, when it reaches the right length, with something like “and they lived happily ever after.” Swordbird is a fantasy about two warring tribes of birds, the blue jays and cardinals. Like many stories of its type, the hero must follow through with his quest or all is lost. The jacket cover states that Fan wrote this story after a vivid dream about birds as she was wrestling with her feeling about September 11th. Her descriptive narrative is less wordy than many youthful authors and she does not make up unpronounceable words. Students in the fourth to sixth grade and their teachers could use this book as an example of what they could write. Although not classic material, it should find a good following among fans of Redwall and The Guardians of Ga’Hoole.Rating: Outstanding. Reading Level: Intermediate. Category: Fantasy fiction. 2007, HarperCollins, 219 p., $15.99. © 2002, Brigham Young University.

  73. Check out this story with young author Nancy Yi Fan and her debut novel, Swordbird. Gotta encourage young artists!
    JC Blackwater, Brainripples

  74. It is about some cardinals, a type of bird, and some bluejays who keep on fighting because the cardinals think the bluejays have stolen their food.
    The best bit: When Milton and Aska are flying over the top of the White Cap mountains.
    Marks out of ten: 10
    – A young reader’s review from Bedfordshire Libraries

  75. 范祎同学:你好!





    Did anyone read SWORDBIRD by Nancy Yi Fan? She’s 12! It’s a really good book! It goes deep into detail, too. You guys should read it!

    by Skylar
    from Colorado, USA



  77. Dear Nancy,
    I just finished reading Swordbird a few minutes ago. It was a very amazing book, that was full of emotion and pure genius. I loved it!!


  78. I kind of want to read this book, even if its for kids.
    Come on! Birds with sword! The cover is just funny. Just picturing birds in the sky fight with swords is hilarious…..Maybe its just me.

    The author is 12 year old. Not bad to have a book out at that age.

    Queens, NYC

  79. SWORDBIRD is a fantasy novel written by a twelve-year-old Chinese girl, Nancy Yi Fan, who received her elementary education in the United States. This story is distinct from other books about birds, especially the unforgettable, unique character of Swordbird, who wields a Leasorn sword and helps birds in need. Swordbird is a symbol of justice, peace and freedom, and is called “the Guardian of Peace”.

    From the story’s dedication — “To all who love peace and freedom” we can tell that SWORDBIRD’s theme is mainly around war and peace. This universal, eternal subject is brought to the world of birds in Nancy’s debut novel. Birds are armed with weapons and can talk and think and pursue peace and freedom like humans. In this world, there are tyrants and heroes, slavebirds and warriors. The saying “Justice will eventually triumph over evil” once again rings true in this story. Readers will be moved by the way how the woodbirds bravely and unwaveringly struggle for peace.

    The story is well-knit and full of suspense. The grand scenes of battlefield action are drastic and sweeping while the thoughts and deeds of the main characters are written with detail and care. Although the story is a thing from imagination, the story’s plots are very realistic and close to life. The beautiful forests and the happy laughter of the Willowleaf Theater against the background of war make readers unconsciously join the ranks of birds to call for peace and freedom.

    It is no wonder that an internationally stationed American publisher’s CEO chooses to publish and advertise this book. It is believed that this novel could be in the shelf among the classics of children’s literature in the future.


  80. 喜悦





  81. Dear Nancy,

    You have been a great inspiration to many young children as well as adults. I’ve written numorous poetries and outlined and started my short stories, but never have them publish, only in my journals. I love fantasy and thriller novels. I intended to read yours over this summer when school is out. Good luck on your upcoming book!


  82. 范祎是到目前为止我采访过的年龄最小的一位名人。年仅13岁的范祎写作的英文小说《剑鸟》出版后连续七周登上《纽约时报》儿童文学畅销书排行榜前十名。过早的成名为她带来了荣誉和赞美,光环背后,她幼小的心灵也承受着许多始料不及的压力。在联系到范祎的经纪人后,我被告知:范祎最近的日程很忙,除了日常学业以外,还要应对中国、美国各方媒体的采访。对于我的采访要求,她的经纪人没有回绝,而是建议采取电子邮件采访的方式进行。



    -新华社记者 李博

  83. Dear Nancy,

    I just finished your book and I thought it was GREAT!!
    And I am sure I will read your second book i am sure!!!!!!!!!





  84. 這是一個活生生的 “有志者, 事竟成” 的例子! 除了因為小妮子本身好學, 具有天份和有志向之外, 看來她的父母也應記一功, 因為他們是如此尊重范禕的喜好和天份, 不但沒有阻止, 而且積極鼓勵! 更難得的是小妮子能夠如此謙虛地面對突如其來的名利! 實在令人感動和佩服!

  85. Swordbird is a fantasy by twelve-year-old author Nancy Yi Fan. It is the story of a war between the cardinals and the bluejays of Stone-Run Forest. Legend has it that only Wind-Voice, a dove with great powers and a flashing sword, can restore the peace. But can Wind-Voice come in time to save the forest’s birds?

    I really liked this story! It was a fast read, but a really good one. The only problem that I had with the story was that it was woven together a little bit fast. Overall, I’d have to say that it was a really great story though.

    I give this book a nine out of ten!

    (This wasn’t for one of the reading challenges.)


  86. Swordbird is a beautifully illustrated work of art. I think Nancy has delicately woven an idea and dream into an unforgettable epic story. When I read the book, I did not know the author was only thirteen years old, because Swordbird was only a random book I picked of the bookshelf of my local bookstore. Lord knows how surprised I was when I found out about the author!
    I am twelve, and a lover of writing and reading. I have always dreamed of publishing my own book, but to me, that was just a mere childish thought in my mind. I thought that it was unable to be reached. What publishing company would accept the work of a child?
    Nancy has taught me that when you want to do something, you can’t just stay inside and dream about it. Work hard towards your goal, and no matter how old you are, it’s possible. Writing is about expressing your ideas and hopes into words that can be interpreted by the world. Swordbird‘s idea was peace. Because Nancy wanted to illustrate the word “peace”, she has, and now, it is not only her own words. It has become everyone’s.

    -Tina Ou

  87. 由13岁旅美女孩的小说在美国畅销想到的













    Some thoughts on SWORDBIRD written by a 13-year-old.

    SWORDBIRD written by a 13-year-old girl Nancy Yi Fan appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List for seven weeks after it was published in the USA in early 2007. Recently the Chinese-English version was published by the People’s Literature Publishing House of China. It has been flooded with positive reviews. Some reviewers predicted that this novel could become one of the classics in the world of children’s literature (Source: Xinhua News Agency of May 2, 2007).

    A 13-year-old kid has written a novel. Maybe you’d say, “Is the writing in the novel naïve?” Yes. Can a novel written by a 13-year-old be more mature than novels written by adult writers? If SWORDBIRD was as sophisticated as a book by an adult author, it would be an adult book. It seems logical that a child would write a novel that is less sophisticated. Think it over, if children can’t retain the sense of innocence and wonder that comes with their relative immaturity, how will they develop into mature persons? Everyone starts out with a less mature sensibiity.

    Let’s assume that Swordbird retains a naïve sensibility. But this naïve novel has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List. What does it indicate? It has met the tastes and needs of children. If you revise and change it into a more sophisticated one, it won’t necessarily guarantee that it will be a bestseller.

    Just now I mentioned “the needs of children”. Children’s needs are varied: reading is a fundamental. Nancy Yi Fan likes reading. Although Nancy is in the USA and has read numerous novels in English, she has read the four Chinese classics (the children’s edition). Writing is another fundamental. This is how Nancy puts it: “The enlightening education has cultivated my imaginative thoughts; plenty of after-school leisure time has satisfied my impulse for fun. I often walk in the forest near my home, collecting plant specimens, listening to birds’ songs. Mother Nature gives me inexhaustible inspiration.” Inspiration has borne her creativity as well as her bestseller Swordbird.

    Kids have so much in common: their vision of the world, their perception of reality and their reaction to their surroundings. So it makes perfect sense that children would embrace a novel written by one of their own, a child just like themselves.

    Perhaps this is why SCARECROW written by Shengtao Ye and FOR LITTLE READERS by Xin Bing are so popular among kids. Both of these adult authors engage children by connecting directly to their hearts.

    Kids share common hopes and aspirations. Swordbird is written by a kid for kids. It would be strange if the book didn’t sell well.

    According to the Xinhua News Agency’s website report, Chinese kids have almost no opportunity to read for leisure after school. Some students try to find a little time to read science fiction. There are many reasons for this. For example, Chinese elementary and middle school students have to spend about 10 hours in class and doing homework every day. Teachers seldom recommend after-school reading. Neither do parents. Everyone wants to get high test scores; that is understandable. If this continues children will not be able to cultivate good reading habits. Instead, they are attracted to a video culture of television, electronic games, and Internet.

    Another reason why Chinese children don’t like reading is that there are almost no children’s books that entice them to read. Although many children’s books are published in China, most of them don’t suit the tastes of kids. Nearly all the books are written by adults, polished by adults from their perspective. Even books that capture a child’s perspective are pale imitations of how kids really think. They don’t reach deeply enough into kids’ hearts and arouse truly childish feelings.

    I often receive school journals published by elementary and middle schools, in which many kids’ essays are published. At first I was excited to see their essays. But after perusing them I felt disappointed. Almost all the articles written by kids had an adult sensibility. Are today’s children more mature than us when we were kids? Even if we asked some adults to write the essays in the school journals, I don’t think they could achieve such levels of perfection, maturity and depth. Pondering it over, I determined why the teacher advisors were included after the author credits. These so-called kids’ products are actually carefully “tailored and polished” by the “advising teachers”; they are not the kids’ original writings at all. Little is left of the kids’ heart and soul after a teacher’s edits. Through some investigation I found that these articles were carefully screened by teachers. The final text wasn’t even liked by the young authors themselves. I also learned that these young people wrote the articles in order to gain praise and rewards from their parents. So it is quite possible that some of the kids may use their reward to play electronic games afterwards. Who knows?

    Finally, I sincerely suggest that caring parents and teachers buy a copy of Swordbird and read it together with kids and discuss with them about what inspiration they can gain from it.

    Cong-bao, Yu

    Journalist, Editor of Anhui Fengtai TV and Broadcasting Station

  88. Nancy, Swordbird was just fabulous! I cannot believe how well it was written, and how well every charactor was explained in it. I just love the themes of this book, and the message that you wrote about was so clear, and wonderful. I completely agree with what you were trying to say, and just love how you write using personification. I think this is one of the best books that I have ever read, and the drawings where just fantastic. I will be eagerly awaiting your next book, if you write another one; which i hope you do!


  89. Awesome book!!

    Hi Nancy,

    You may remember me, Sunghyun Kim, from the message box in your site.
    I was probably one of your first fans, because I got your book the first day it came out…
    I was also the first person to write in your message box at
    I just want to say, your book was very enjoyable, and I have recommended it
    to all of my friends. I think you will be the most famous author in the world, next to Charles Dickens and J. K. Rowling. Well, it’ll be really cool if you can email me back along with your probably other thousands of fans. Please email me at By the way, I’m a ten year old girl, who lives in California.
    I’m not Chinese, but I’m Korean. Bye!!! ^^

    -Sunghyun Kim

  90. I love it!!!
    Hi I a twelve year old girl named Jessie and I love to write stories although most of them don’t get finished I’m afraid…but I need to find something that I can stick to I guess but I was really excited when I saw your book and that you were a twelve year old girl also.I just got the book today and am already on Chapter 5 but I was encouraged to see that a twelve year old girl like me got her book published.Thanks and maybe I will finish my book now!Please write more you have a talent.
    Sincerely Yours,
    Jessie Tulloss

  91. 一本能打开我童年梦匣子的书 (近两个月在美国狂销)

    我一个月前不知在什么地方听到过有关《剑鸟》的报道,什么美国纽约时报畅销书排行榜的前十名,由十三岁旅居美国的北京女孩所写,我当时没觉得书能写得怎么好。最近,人民文学出版社出版英汉双语版的《剑鸟》,五一期间我跑书店去找,没货。越得不到的东西,心里越痒痒,我开始google《剑鸟》,发现了小作者的网站, 是英文的,我英文还行,大都能读懂,上面有《剑鸟》英文版的片段,有英文版的朗读片段,真好啊! 我看了网上有关作者的书评,哇!那么多人写了赞扬信(成龙还写了赞扬信,并把范祎在成龙官方网站独设了一个介绍页面,真不简单!)。网页上有的书评有汉语翻译。网站里还有作者上中央电视台,凤凰卫视,美国全国访谈节目的录像,上面还有作者的花絮和照片等等。我看了个够,完全被作者的故事所吸引了。网上还有一个中文链接,是转载中文报道的博客。

    好了,我服了,没错。我前天又跑了书店,终于买到了《剑鸟》。我想看看为什么这本书在世界畅销。读起来,我放不下了,我傻了眼睛,不敢相信这13岁的女孩能写出这么好的书来,幽默,具体,情节一环扣一环的,把我带回了童年,让我记忆深处的东西不知不觉地涌了出来,生活难得有这样一寸的光阴,我甚至能回忆起我小时侯吃好东西的感觉,我能感到到林子里散步的心情。书中流露出童年的东西比《窗边的小豆豆》还真挚,可信。书中的哲理很深,爱,死,和平,自由…… 难怪美国的世界大出版集团的总裁力荐这本书。这决不是抄作,真是一本经典级的作品(这不是我说的,是评论家说的,我十分赞成)。



  92. Dear Nacy Yi Fan,

    I extremly admire you. You wrote a book called Swordbird. I swear I cannot do this as well as you could… Maybe I’m jealous or admire… But I swear I’ll work as well as you.

    Best Wishes from your fan,

    – Starry Raven from Hong Kong

    斯塔里.雷文 (香港)

  93. I am her age actually and I write books. I could never write a story as captivating and well written as Nancy. Isn’t it just amazing to think that such an original story such as swordbird can come from someone of this age. She really captured a sense of freedom in this story and not many people can trully write from their hearts about how they feel about that kind of thing. Nancy will always remain a favorite author of mine and swordbird, a favorite book.

    Oh and another thing! My favorite part of the whole book is the epilougue where Aska leaves swordbird’s feather on Milton’s grave and the grave seems to get brighter.

    Long live Windvoice!!! Happy Writing!

    – Emily Russell

  94. Title: SwordBird

    Author: Nancy Yi Fan

    Reviewer: Kaitlyn
    Age: 11

    Have you ever heard of birds with weapons? In SwordBird many birds have weapons: there are many dangerous birds, lots of problems, and a Tyrant. The Tyrant is gathering Slavebirds then taking over Nativebirds’ homes. The only way Nativebirds and Slavebirds can put an end to the attacks is to call on the sacred legend, Swordbird.

    Nancy Yi Fan was born in 1993 in China. When she was seven, she moved to the U.S. and attended American schools.

    Nancy was interested in birds her whole life and got inspired writing a story about birds. Eventually she wrote SwordBird, a fantastic book of fiction about birds with powerful words. SwordBird is Nancy Yi Fan’s only book. She didn’t write or illustrate any other books after she wrote SwordBird.

    I would strongly recommend this book to ages nine and up. I think it is worth spending money for SwordBird. I enjoyed it very much. The book uses strong words that are very powerful.
    This book reminded me of some events in history, slavery. I would recommend this book for those who like the Redwall and Warriors [Erin Hunter’s series]. I would also recommend this book to strong readers, people who like action, powerful words, and those who enjoy a great story.

    – Kaitlyn

  95. What was so fascinating about this (and of course, I am sure that many here at the Noetic Institute have experienced some kind of synchronicity in their lives) is that this small child followed a hunch, so to speak, and look how it paid off for her!

    Why did this happen and what does it tell us about synchronicity is the next question? I believe it takes place because Nancy got into the groove of a greater wheel outside the linear flow of her normal left-brain time-space sequencing.

    What this means, is that she keyed into alternate reality just beyond the accustomed fringes of her conscious awareness. By doing this, she was able to tap into a probable reality that led her directly into a different time flow. In this new Whole, or time-space flow, she moved from the impossible to the possible.

    See how it was just a mind-slip away? That’s how close the possible new you is too–just a nanno-second off from the cycle that you are in now. So stay aware for these probable ‘you’s’ waiting just beyond the visual range of your senses. Who knows–it could lead to a totally new world of possibilities!!

    -Nahu Lanham

  96. Most of the kids in Shanghai know Swordbird!
    I like Swordbird!Because I like peace, too. I hope Swordbird can become a film. And I think many kids will like it. I am waiting for her second book.


    Shanghai, China

  97. I was struck by the richness of your vocabulary, especially your descriptions of the forest and the names of the birds. When Turnatt appeared, your language became suitably ‘dark’. Your explanation of the way in which the Reds and Blues became enemies was believable – and meaningful for the world today. And you built up the suspense well near the end when Miltin was so brave.

    – Betty Barr, Ph.D.

    foreign expert from British Council
    Shanghai International Studies University

    你那丰富的词汇,尤其是对森林的描写和给鸟起的名字,给我留下了深刻的印象。当特耐特出场时,你恰当地使用了“黑暗”的语言。你对红蓝鸟如何成为仇敌的原因解释得令人信服 — 这对当今世界很有意义。在小说的结尾,当米尔顿表现得那么勇敢时,你设计的悬念也特别好。


  98. There are times when that inspiration comes from somewhere you did not anticipate, like a 13-year-old girl, with a gift that is beyond measure and without price. Too many aspiring writers flagellate themselves over writing, and for no good reason. But when it comes to creating the art and honing her craft, this young lady knows how it’s done.

  99. Your book was absolutely amazing. I have never had a book that I can read twice in a row and still love, but yours I can read multiple times and still not want to leave it. I hope one day my book will be as good as yours. Wonderful book, Nancy!

    Many Blessings,
    -Alex R. (12 years old)

  100. An outstanding book I’ve ever read before! Nancy Yi Fan has a amazing talent for writing. The plot was just outstanding! Brillant work Nancy! It was worth it! Your book should give about this many Stars. *******************
    Hazel H. (13 years old)

  101. The hawk, Turnatt, believes that he could never die if he eats an egg a day. He captures birds for slaves and gathers an army, killing, deceiving, and ultimately causing a war to reach his evil goal. The cardinals and blue jays must turn to the lengendary Swordbird for help!

    Two wing-tips up for this awesome book! Swordbird’s delicious balance of poetry and prose, morals and fun stuff, can really make you soar!

  102. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,
    I finish reading Swordbird and I really liked it! I am really impressed my your writing. I enjoyed your book so much! I am going to read all of your books that you write. Can you give my some tips about writing novels? I am 13 years old and home-schooled.
    Hope to hear from you soon!

  103. I want to put in a good word for Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan, a rather remarkable 13 year old author. The illustrations in the book are pretty amazing too.
    – Jennifer, librarian of Temple Public Library, Temple, TX

  104. I am in the middle of reading SWORDBIRD and I just cant express the tremendous amount of inspiration that you have given to me. I am 12 and to see that my favorite book is made by a 12yr. old is great.

    As you can see from my last letter I REALLy admire you I need some more tips about how to keep the reader engaged so if possible I would LOVEit if you could take a bit of time out of your busy schedule to write to me.

    KEEP WRITING those books! I believe God has one AMAZING future for you!!!!!!!!


  105. Not far outside of Stone-Run Forest an evil bird, Lord Turnatt, is gaining power. He’s using slavebirds to build a fortress. And his thieving has caused the Cardinal and Blue Jay tribes to declare war on each other, even though they’ve been friends for a very long time. Little do the Cardinals and Blue Jays know that a much worse enemy is preparing an attack.

    If the Cardinals and Blue Jays are going to survive, they’ll need to work together. With help from unexpected friends, escaped prisoners, and the mythical Swordbird, they just might make it through, and defeat Lord Turnatt. It will take the talents and abilities of many to overpower evil. But if they can discover how to call Swordbird, they know they can survive.

    SWORDBIRD is an animal adventure that’s not just good versus evil, it’s about faith and friendship, too. This book is fun and easy for younger kids, especially since the author is (or was when she wrote it) a twelve-year-old girl!

    Reviewed by: Carrie Spellman
    From Amazon, reader review column

  106. I am a writer and have FINALLY finished writing a book. *sighs really loud*
    reading it OVer and OVER and OVER for little mistakes. it comes to the point where you get tired of your book all together. I am really inspired by your book and I hope I can get mine published too! You’re book was written very well. Good luck with the prequel. 😀

    Best wishes,
    Carly J, 13–dreaming of becoming an author
    pie is good!

  107. Oooooh, I LOVE Swordbird! But I just started it, so don’t give it away for me! Nancy Yi Fan; I’m very impressed by her! She’s my age, and she’s published a fantastic novel. (The pages practically turn themselves! ).

    –HarryPotter, 13

  108. A Kid’s Review

    The blue jays and cardinals are friends, but the hawk Turnatt turned them against one another. As they find the truth and reband, they need the help of Swordbird, a legendary hero. And so they undergo a journey to find him…
    THEMES: Peace and freedom, bravery and selflessness
    MESSAGES: What does fighting bring us? Fear, misery, hatred, and death. Even the smallest bird has courage and strength.
    WRITING: poetic, concise, compelling. Good story structure, with humor, tragedy, suspense and rhythm. Has a fair sprinkling of SAT vocab!
    TARGETTED AUDIENCE: ages 8-12, and anyone else who is young at heart.

    Recommended HIGHLY!

    From Amazon, readers’ review column

  109. Can you imagine being 13 years old and having a book published? If you want to know what it would feel like ask 13 year old Nancy Yi Fan. Nancy moved from China to U.S. when she was 7. She just published a novel, Swordbird. Nancy’s motivation for writing Swordbird is her passion for birds. Also, Nancy was trying to cope with her feelings about September 11 th (9/11) while writing the book. Nancy also wrote Swordbird as a way to convey her message of peace to the world.

    Swordbird is about Blue Jays and cardinals of Can-Run forest. They are basically at war over supplies, food and even eggs. They are not fighting over who has more. They are fighting because they think each ‘clan’ is stealing those things. But the person who is really stealing from them is Turnatt. Find out who he is in the prologue of the book. The book is also about heroism, courage, and resourcefulness. You may wonder who in the world is Swordbird. Swordbird is a legendary bird. He is son of the Great Spirit.

    You may wonder who would want to read Swordbird. Well people who think heroism, courage, and resourcefulness are good themes would like Swordbird. Swordbird is about birds, so people who like birds would like to read this book. Plus, if you think a 13 year old author would be interesting, you would like Swordbird as well. I read a little bit of swordbird and I did not want to stop it was so captivating.


  110. I was really surprised that a 13 years old child can write such a great story,I think it will be my favourite book. I kept reading it. I almost think it was as good as Charlse Dickens’s story. I wish it I can write like that.

  111. This book…. it really inspired me,wanting to write a book of my own,and it really amazed me that a 13 year old wrote this great book about peace and birds.

  112. This book caught my eye because the author started writing the book when she was 13. The novel is turning into an interesting allegory for peace, using tribes of birds as representatives for the human race. The plot is compelling (how to maintain peace when war is threatening from all corners) and the writing is fairly well done- outstanding, in fact, when you consider the age of the author!

    – The Witty Librarian

  113. A little book with a big moral.
    The story, simple as it might seem to be, contains something profound and meaningful to the world: it sows the seeds of peace and freedom in the hearts of children who read it. You can find volumes of bloody, gory battles for adults, yet you can hardly find such a story for children that, through an idyllic world of birds, so gently and yet so vividly illustrates the price of battle, the value of life, the weight of peace and freedom.

    A book that’s great all the way.

  114. Rating: five stars

    I think that this book is a wonderful achivement for someone so young. I too have the dream of becoming a writer. when I found out that a 13 year old have writen one I instantly read it.
    My thanks to Nancy Yi Fan! You have given me the courage and motivation to carry on writing!!

    – dragon rider

  115. I would give this story the best rating there is out there. Nancy Yi Fan truly captured the importance of peace and gave out the right idea about it. I found it amazing that she came to the USA only when she was 7, and before that she was from China. I’m from China myself (Although I came when I was 2), and even though I’m 12 now, I will never be able to write like her. I admire Nancy Yi Fan with all my heart, and I hope she will be able to keep weaving unbelievable tales from her own heart. Keep writing!

  116. 妈妈! 我也要写书

    选一个角落坐下,孩子便开始啃起了书本。书店里的书太多,女儿翻翻这本又翻翻那本,那神情是既想一口气把它读完,但又不知从何读起,书对她的吸引力是我先前预料不到的,看到书她很开心,很愉快,也很轻松,她可以一个人在书里泡上一天而不觉得疲倦,这是许多成年人都无法做到的。大概选了基本,她锁定了杨红樱的作品《流浪猫和流浪狗的爱情故事》,于是便静静的坐在我的身边欣赏起来。第二本被她锁定的是一本《小学生安全100例》。小孩子的选择一般是易变的,易接受也易丢弃。在大概两个小时的时间里,她看了大约5本书,当然是只看大概,但足以把书中的中心内容叙述出来。在我们将要回去的时候,一本叫《剑鸟》的书让她爱不释手,这是一个12岁女孩用中英文写作的作品,她执意要买,我没有拒绝,同时女儿还为我选了一本《好父母 好孩子》。


  117. A compelling story of good and evil, joy and sadness, and many other aspects needed for a truly entrancing tale, Nancy Yi fan weaves her own beautiful world through her wonderful story.

  118. Have You Heard About “Swordbird?”

    Al Roker had a segment on the Today show called “Al’s Book
    Club for Kids” and he featured a 14 year old published
    author named Nancy Yi Fan. She wrote “Swordbird” at the age
    of twelve and apparently it is a popular book that boys and
    girls love. The book is published by Harper Collins.

    She was such a charming interviewee and I thoroughly
    enjoyed hearing her advise other children who wanted to
    write and publish stories.

    – molly4th

  119. Phenomenal!

    Swordbird is a phenomenal book written by a seventh grade Chinese girl. Born in China, and raised in the United States, Nancy Yi Fan is now living in China again and has proved to be an talented author with her first astounding novel. Nancy’s story about war and peace will convey a message so powerful given that it was created by such a young girl. She has dreamed up an extremely creative plot and with her wonderful imagination and intelligence, has created a story that will stick with you forever. When you go back and look at it, you will be amazed at how powerful a book about birds at war could possibly be. This book made me think that if humans could fight so drastically, then really, why can’t birds? Though this book is about birds, it is a lot more about human beings, as it is quite symbolic and provides a perfect analogy of what our own brutal species is doing to the world.

  120. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    I am enjoying your book greatly. You have inspired me to reach for the stars as you have since you have written this wonderful novel. I hope to get one of my books published just like you. ( I expect to get rejected as many authors have.) Anyway I just wanted to tell you how much you’ve inspired me in my writing. Thanks!

    Your Fan Forever,
    Emily Crider

  121. I’ve always wanted to be an author. Since second grade I have been writing mini stories in journals. Today when I heard a 13 year old author was going to be on TV I just had to watch! I’m glad I did too because it was really inspiring to me.

    You have been a BIG inspiration to me. : )


  122. I very much like reading and my favourite books are fantasy and adventure, books like SWORDBIRD and THE DRAGON KEEPER, etc.

    – Tony Slark, UK, 16 years old

  123. I’ve done a lot of waiting in my life. Waiting for that next phase, you know? When I’m in junior high, THEN I’ll be cool. When I’m in high school and have a car, THEN I’ll be happy. When I get a boyfriend life will be perfect. When I get that latest purse I will feel totally cute. When I’m Homecoming Queen then life will be complete.(Sadly, that one never happened. A moment of silence, if you will…) Then finally you wake up one day and realize you’ve accomplished nothing… but a whole bunch of waiting.

    So what are you waiting for? Think you’re too young to make a difference? Not old enough to accomplish your dream?

    In fifth grade, Nancy Yi Fan began writing a story about birds struggling for freedom. This story turned into the book Swordbird, Nancy was thirteen when the book debuted. Unbelievable!

    And what about the author of Eragon and Eldest? Christopher Paolini wrote Eragon when he was fifteen! Do you know what I was doing at fifteen? Probably watching Saved by the Bell reruns or something.

    Is God asking you to step out on faith and achieve something? Could he be asking you to step out of your comfort zone? What is that big goal pressing on your heart?

    And most importantly…what are you waiting for?

    – Jen

  124. A fantasy in the vein of the Redwall series, Fan’s precocious first book (the author’s only thirteen-years old) is enchanting and action-packed. The cardinals and blue-jays of Stone-Run Forest begin to battle and only the legendary Swordbird has the power to restore peace and order.

    –Norwood School’s library, MD

  125. Ever since The Guardian remarked on 11-year-old Nancy Yi Fan’s book deal with HarperCollins, I’ve been noticing more and more new authors with ones at the start of their ages …

    Super-kids are popping up all over the place—that means kids are reading, right? That means hope is not lost for a Generation Z Catcher in the Rye. It’s on the cards, I can feel it.

    -Nikki Tranter

  126. 你的故事引人入胜, 曲折动人。我这个科幻迷对你如此具有丰富的想象力很钦佩。期待你的姊妹篇的出版。- 薇薇

  127. Dear Nancy,

    I loved your book Swordbird and it is so cool that you got it published. I loved how you described the birds and their personalities. You’ve inspired me a bit on the book I am working on right now that I hope to get published in the future. Keep on working!


  128. I loved your book and I am writing a report on it for school.

  129. Out of the hands of 13-year-old Nancy Yi Fan, the fantasy novel SWORDBIRD was published worldwide in February 2007 by one of the international publishers, HarperCollins. Media from different countries are buzzing about this New York Times Children’s Bestseller. This March, PLP published the Chinese-English bilingual edition of SWORDBIRD, which had been translated by the author herself. Indeed, the book has captured the hearts of readers and the media.

    Here’s why I think this book is so well received:

    1. It has a timely message. In a world of fluttering birds, the theme that peace and freedom are sacred prevails. Undeniably we value and support these principles. Imagine what the devastation of nuclear war would do to your daily ritual of instant messaging on your laptop or reading under a tree.

    2. It was written by a 13-year-old author. Its childish charm reminds you of those little stick figure doodles. It’s like them, simple and poignant. Reading the book may just bring out your childhood dreams.

    3. It inspires other children. It’s astonishing how kids can be motivated by one another.

    4. The 2008 Olympics is being held in Beijing. China is big news. It’s easy to see why the work written by a young writer of Chinese origin would receive so much attention. Even Jackie Chan recommends this book. HarperCollins’ plan to translate and publish 50 Chinese modern classics demonstrates how Chinese culture is now on display to the world.

    5. It has won recognition. Since the book was published, experts in children’s literature have praised Nancy Yi Fan’s debut novel. The General Administration of Press and Publication in China placed SWORDBIRD in the 2007 List of 100 Best Children’s Books. SWORDBIRD ranked 3rd out of 30 novels and collections of short stories in the fiction and art genre and 1 st in the original chapter books category.

    HarperCollins, in publishing books including SWORDBIRD, has encouraged children to read and think about fostering peace in the world. Jane Friedman not only has helped pave the way for reading and writing among American kids, but she has also planted the love for peace and freedom in the hearts of global kids. She is undoubtedly one of the greatest CEOs in the publishing industry worldwide.

  130. 谈《剑鸟》



  131. Swordbird was a fantastic book for children and adults, it made you feel warm inside to know that such a little girl has gone this far to make such a wonderful book, many thanks to that little girl, Nancy Yi Fan.

  132. 建议读读《剑鸟》,怀抱童心的人应该能从中体会到生命中一种醍醐灌顶的震撼!!!

    I suggest that you read Swordbird. From it, those full of childhood memories will get thoroughly enlightened about life.


  133. I think that swordbird is a marvelous book; the discriptions of the scenes were amazing, the characters WERE described very well, especially Turnatt. It is filled with picture-like discriptions, and wonderful plot-lines. The theme of the book, peace, is a wonderful thing to write about, and I truly think that Nancy has a great heart. I also love animals, and she describes the forest and the appearance of the birds very, very well. There are so many literary elements in the world, and Swordbird has its own. It has a wonderful moral, and that really is the most important thing. We need to reach out to today’s youth, telling them the importance of some subjects, such as peace. Nancy has done just that. She has reached out to many the importance of peace in a language they understand, and I respect her for that. She really is one of the most amazing young women that I have ever heard about. She is an inspiration to me, and she gives me hope. Peace is a topic that everyone needs to know about, and more importantly understand.
    I’d recommend Swordbird to anyone, even those not in the recommended age group. The story protrays its message very clearly.


  134. 梦境如何变为畅销书







  135. 《把生命的体验还给学生》



  136. I like Swordbird. This delicate story has a far-reaching meaning, which reminds me of those several-lined poems handed down throughout the ages. I think the significance of a literary work does not necessarily lie on its complexity or length but on its moral and meaning. This is particularly true for children’s books.

  137. 《剑鸟》读后感

    张沥引 安昌路小学五年级三班






  138. I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!you are very cool!

  139. 读《剑鸟》有感







    — Wang Ziming

  140. There are many messages carried inside Swordbird. The message of peace, of course, that is prevailing throughout the book; I respect this greatly because it is a hard feat to keep that message sailing whenever times are looking tough. I respect peace. It is a beautiful thing. And there is the outside message, which I believe will give hope and courage to generations of young writers to come. Looking at the successes of Nancy Yi Fan I was almost in tears, so happy at all that could be. As a young writer myself I feel I can truly say that she is an inspiration and a motivation to get up and try to the whole of the younger generation — or at least those who listen instead of talking.

  141. 读《剑鸟》

    “一道耀眼的银色光芒从云端直射下来,云上出现了一只巨鸟。那纯白色的鸟儿,像雪,像云,像海浪溅起的泡沫花儿。这只鸟目光炯炯神采奕奕,乍一看,它像一只巨大的鸽子—— 黑眼珠,红喙,红爪,但仔细一看,又与鸽子不同。它有天鹅般高贵的风采,有大雕的雄姿和速度,而它的身长又是两者加起来的三倍。它的翅膀伸展开来像一片白云,在森林上空扇动着。”






    — 飞雪领航舰

  142. Hi!!!Your book interested me soooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!! You probably get this a lot but, YOU ARE OFFICIALLY THE COOLEST AUTHER EVER! Your book was a dream come true!!!!!

    This is kind of a dumb question but, is “Sword Quest” a real book?

    -Morgan W.

  143. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    My name is Kristen. I am 10 years old. I read your book and really liked it. I have a few questions for you. How long did it take you to write? What is your favorite bird? Why? Thank you for reading my letter!

    Kristen S.

  144. Dear Nancy,

    Swordbird is great! My favorite characters were: Miltin, Aska, Skylion, and of course Swordbird.

    Your fan,

  145. I enjoyed reading Swordbird. I liked when Turnatt died.

  146. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    I really liked your book. I thought it was very interesting.

    Your friend,


  147. I love this book so much I can finish it in one day! Did you know that I have blue jays, cardinals, and crows in my back yard? My favorite characters are Aska, Cody, Miltin and Swordbird.

  148. Dear Nancy,

    I read your book and I really liked it. I want to know if you are going to write a sequel for Swordbird.


  149. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    My name is Mary and I loved your book. I hope someday we can meet.

    Your friend,


  150. I really like your book. I think birds are cool too. Do you have any birds as pets? In your book “Swordbird” my favorite character is Flame-back, the leader of the cardinals. In fact my favorite bird is a cardinal.

  151. Many of the students seemed inspired that a girl so young could do so much. Perhaps they too will be able to achieve such accomplishements. You truly are a role model for our youth.

    – A. Brown

  152. Fantasy can even offer such benefits as helping a nation deal with a national tragedy, such as Nancy Yi Fan’s Swordbird.

    – Cari Keebaugh

  153. 自从我的儿子从报纸上看到了这本书的内容介绍后,就喜欢上了,一直要我在当当网购买。收到书后迫不及待地阅读,简直是爱不释手。儿子与作者写书时同龄,看了这本书后,对作者赞叹不已,并受到很大的鼓舞和启发,不喜欢写作的他居然萌发了“我也要写书”的念头,班上的同学也纷纷想向他借阅。况且我认为,这本书为双语版,对加强孩子的英语阅读兴趣和能力有很大的帮助。

  154. 都说范祎是目前世界上最有影响力的中国九零后作家。我为你骄傲。我喜欢你的swordbird,并盼望早日读到sword quest!

  155. Hi Nancy,
    My name is Jen and I’m 14, and I’m writing to say I absolutely loved Swordbird. The message behind it and the whole story captured me in this wonderful tale about courage and freedom.
    I decided to read your book when I saw your interview on the Martha Stewart show, and I think it’s amazing how someone your age had a dream of writing a book.
    I’ve always had a dream of writing a book but I never thought I could until I heard about you and read your book now I’m writing a book and I hope it will be published. Thank you for being a young inspiration to young readers and writers across the world, your one of my inspirations.

    Jen G. 14

  156. After you visited us, I had several students tell me that they were now going to attempt to write a book. They were SO excited about it. As a teacher, it brings me immense joy to see kids so excited about writing. You should be very proud that you have such a profound positive influence on kids.

    — Mrs. Barnello

  157. We enjoyed reading the book. Miss Fan did a wonderful job of creating a world that is truly different than anything I have read before. The birds are the only characters in the story and the war that is going on between them will have you choosing sides in short order. What amazed me was that this young lady doesn’t just weave a delightful story, but it is full of subtext and meanings for the adult and the moral of the story is one we all strive for…peace and love.

    Jack and Katrina give this book 2 thumbs up!

    — Melissa

  158. I have read your book twice in two days and you have also inspired me to write. I also love that you are so down to earth with you being an author. Well i liked it and not just liked it loved it
    — Kathryn

  159. I loved every thing about it even though it was sort a peace and mellow book you put in a food fight and i thought that that was so smart . Also i can’t wait for the next book Sword Quest ( I pre-ordered it) i also got my book signed by you which meant a lot to me because your book was so true ….. And i loved it

    Your New Friend ,


  160. For about an hour or so, I was reading “Swordbird” today. It is an awesome book!!! You just have to read it… Here is the preview:

    “The blue jays and the candinals of Stone-Run Forest have turned against each other. Occording to the legend, only Swordbird, son of the Great Spiri, has the power to conquer evil and restore peace to the land. But is he real of just a myth? Can Swordbird arrive in time to save the forest…or will it be too late?”

    Like it? I love the book!!! I am almost done so well…you can buy it or borrow it…you chose!!!!

    By Icepaw

  161. Nancy Yi Fan is an incredibly talented kid, and we can look forward to seeing more work from her as her talent matures.
    — matt

  162. I just wanna say how I love your book, Swordbird. It’s amazing that your only 13. I’m 10 and I also wanna be a writer. Like you, I came from China when I was 4 and imigrated to America. I love birds and every other animals, except for mosquitoes, uh! I got inspired into writing when I started 3rd grade when a author came to my school to talk about his book.
    — Alice

  163. I love this book. I love everything about this book. The author was my age when she wrote this book. Fantastic. It’s a wonderfully created novel rich in volume and depth.

  164. 《哈利波特》里面许多情节之所以那样发展,是一大堆概率比较小的巧合所致,殚精竭虑,比较琐碎。《哈》的背景不够宏大,是学院(比较难红,编辑也曾不看好它)。这表示在一个小的场景里,难写出史诗般的韵味,要刻画人性和深刻的主题,比较难。在这方面,我认为甚至《剑鸟》这样小女孩的作品都比它棒。但不管怎么说,它们都是优秀的儿童读物。
    — 格雷伯克

    Tons of coincidences that rarely happen in real life explode in detail in Harry Potter. It’s these things that have shaped the patterns of its plot throughout. The story of Harry Potter whirls around in a mere school, but a limited setting can’t have the grandeur of an epic. It’s also difficult to deepen the characters and themes. In this aspect, I think that Swordbid written by Nancy Yi Fan is even better than Harry Potter. Anyhow, both of them are excellent children’s books.

    — Ge Lei

  165. The story behind the publication of Nancy Yi Fan’s Swordbird is nearly as enthralling as the book itself. A Chinese-born preteen living in New York, Fan channeled her lifelong fascination with birds and her concerns over war and terrorism into an exuberant sword-and-sorcery-styled fantasy two years in the writing. She then emailed the completed manuscript to HarperCollins and the rest, as they say, is history. This allegorical tale of warring birds and their struggle for freedom has attracted an unusual measure of attention because of the author’s young age. But there is nothing childish about Fan’s innate gift for pacing, characterization, or storytelling. We predict many more successes for this talented prodigy.
    — Barnes & Noble online

  166. I love your book Nancy! It is so AWESOME! I am sure you will become a great writer.


  167. Read about this book in The Sun-Herald last week. I’ll have to check it out. Nancy Yi Fan was inspired by some great books – Gone with the Wind, Johnny Tremain -, and she’s used those ideas in interesting ways; more of a fantasy epic. What’s amazing is that she’s only 13, a real literary prodigy. She reminds me a bit of Christopher Paolini, of the Eragon series; definitely an author to keep an eye on.

    She’s definitely got talent, so I’ll have to check out Swordbird. A lot of writers are getting published younger now, in their teens and 20s, so maybe this is a new wave we’re seeing; writers inspired by all media – books, movies, the web -, writing more visual stories. I don’t always like visual writing, but for fantasy it’s not a bad thing, so this’ll be interesting to read. And she’s only 13… suddenly I feel old!

  168. I love Swordbird. I can’t wait to read Sword Quest. I am young but I am in the process of publishing a book.

    — Allicat

  169. Great book. Keep me up on my toes, wanting to read more. As I read the
    reviews, the comment, ” at such a young age,” or something like that
    popped out at me. At age 12 I am very, very disappointed that all
    these big CEO people or other important people don’t realize that us
    KID writers are going to be the J. K. Rolings of the future. Nancy, if
    you read this, well I’ll see you in the future. Again great book.

  170. 一个13岁的中国女孩,她叫范祎.她1993年出生于北京,7岁时就随父母远赴纽约.在她这一小小的身体里有着这样一个奇迹:

  171. 《剑鸟》的可贵在于给了孩子们孩子般的梦想!


  172. 年仅13岁的中国旅美女孩范祎写作的英文小说《剑鸟》于2007年初在美国出版后连续七周登上《纽约时报》儿童文学畅销书排行榜前十名。日前,《剑鸟》中英文对照版由人民文学出版社出版。《剑鸟》出版后获得好评如潮。上面那段话是从网上复制下来的,范祎,是一个很有才华的女孩,。她在美国三年,就开始写这本小说了,三年就可以把英语学好,而且这本书被世界第二大出版集团出版,无疑作者是非常有才华的。甚至,连成龙都非常赞赏范祎写的《剑鸟》。最近知道的少年作家越来越多,全都是非常的出色。我从这里也想到了很多,同样都是1993年出生的女孩,为什么范祎就能够这么出名,而我还只是一个默默无闻的女孩。后来又看了许多关于范祎的视频,其实她也是付出不少努力的,她为了了解更多的关于鸟的知识,她就经常到图书馆借有关鸟的书来看,所以,我们只看到了别人成名后的荣耀,而没有看到别人付出的努力。从范祎这个例子里,我决定,为了自己也能够生活得更好,我要更加努力,使自己也像范祎一样取得成功。

  173. Wonderful book! Very well-written and detailed. Young Fan has a thriving imagination that will take you to a place where the evil Turnatt is trying to enslave the birds of the forest and sets the cardinals and jays to fighting amongst themselves. Again, a great book for just about anyone.

  174. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    I am a big fan of your book and I wish to do the same. You see I also want to become a young writer like you. There is so much I wish I could ask and tell you but I guess I can’t.

    I have read swordbird for more than five times and I can’t wait for your next book.


  175. Jenny found a review of Swordbird through the American Girl magazine which highlighted the young author, Nancy Yi Fan, in one of their articles. Nancy Yi Fan is a twelve year old girl who had a dream about birds going to war around the same time as 9/11. Grappling with the issue of war, she decided to work out some of her thoughts, ideas and imaginations in the form of a book. Enter: Swordbird.

    Jenny was really interested in reading the book, I think especially as it was written by a twelve year old, and so we found a copy at our local library. I decided to read it as well. It seems like every so often a book receives recognition not so much because of the story, but because of some unique aspect and/or attribute of the author. In this case, fame is coming as a result of her age. However, I do think the story is worthy of some attention.

    I think the book is fanciful, captivating (esp. for the age group it is directed at!), not to mention very well illustrated. I can very easily see them taking this story and making into a Pixar movie of some sort. The main theme of this book is that peace is better than war. In an age where everyone is crying for peace, this book hits the mark. Still, I am very satisfied with the irony presented in this book (and around the world) that would suggest that peace can come without war, while relating tales of conflict. Any good story comes through and out of conflict. Conflict inspires even though it might not be pleasant and/or welcomed. This is a convenient truth, given the fact that we are all humans and live in a fallen world. Conflict will always exists and thus, good stories are still waiting to be birthed. Nancy Yi Fan simplifies the “peace” message a bit for her audience. The message is strong and present and is there for discussion purposes. (Which is why I speculate that this book will be snatched up by a movie producer somewhere, sometime.) She is also, by the way, writing a prequel that is due out in January 2008 entitled, Sword Quest. You can be looking for that also.

    From a Christian standpoint, my take on this book is that it would provide excellent oppertunity for anyone to talk to their teen about God’s omniscence and omnipresence. In this book, the bluejays and cardinals are calling out for Swordbird to come and save them from the villan, an evil hawk. In order to have their savior come and do the saving, they must find a magical stone as well as have two verses of a song. Gods (little “g”) have frequently been called upon throughout the ages to come and save people. This book reminded me of Elijah on the mountaintop, covering the alter with water and crying out to his God who instantly sent down fire from heaven to prove Himself and make Himself known among the people. I’m grateful for a God who is always there when I call on Him. Even when I do not call out, He is there. He never leaves me, nor does He forsake me. He does not demand that I accomplish various tasks before He will listen to me. He just does. Why? Because of love.

    Nancy Yi Fan definitely brings Chinese culture and lore into her story. It is very understandable why the story talks about the great spirit and testaments. I wouldn’t let that stop me from reading the story, but I would make sure that anyone who is reading it understands the difference between a great spirit who needs some bribing in order to make an apperance and the God who is always there. There is a stunning difference between the two and I would merely suggest that you make that clear to your reader. Otherwise, this story is interesting, entertaining and it IS hard to tell that a twelve year old wrote it. It’s worthy of some attention is, I guess, what I am trying to say. I’ll let Jenny tell you her opinion now.

    I liked the book SwordBird for a couple of reasons…

    1. She is my age and it s very amazing for that kind of book
    for a girl my age to write;

    2. I really like fantasy books because they are not always just about people; they are about animals;

    3. there were lots of “main” characters.

    She (Nancy Yi Fan) did a very good job describing everything and made it feel that you were actually “there”. All though at some points it got a little gross at the battles (all battles are gross). One thing that bugged me is that it would say “Somebird” instead of “Someone” and “Nobird” instead of “nobody” and so on and so forth. But then again it does make sense.

    (Jenny is very verbose, as you can see.)

    Between the two of us, we would recommend this book as an enjoyable read.

    — Carrie

  176. You’ve inspired me so much. I love to write, and this was like a kickstart! Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks.

  177. You are truly carrying the wonderful tradition of story telling with your wonderful novel, Swordbird.
    Story tellers come in many forms; writers, actors, artists, etc. I am both an actress and writer and have inspired me with your book. Thank you.
    Swordbird is a beautiful piece sparking the meanings of peace and war. Birds are such lovely, unknown creatures and a wonderful animal to base your story upon. Nancy, your book weaves and twists a creation of moral incredibly amazing for your age. But I am too that age and your book says “Anyone can teach through words, no matter what age”. These are only a few reasons why Swordbird is so wonderful.
    You are my inspiration!

  178. 《剑鸟》是近来美国很受欢迎的一本书。这本畅销书和魔戒一样,属于魔幻小说。简单说来,故事中的主人公分为两派,一派是一群鸟,另一派是一群强大的鹰。鹰要占领鸟的领地,鸟奋起反抗,但敌不过强大的对手。鸟们虔诚地祈祷,希望奇迹会出现。果然,奇迹发生,鸟神现身。它带领鸟们发动了一场战争,以武力的方式,换取了最后的和平。
    — hermione

  179. I just read Swordbird several weeks ago. I saw it first in the AG magazine. I checked it out because I was writing a novel myself and was hoping to publish it. It’s called “The Mystery Divers” but isn’t half as good as Swordbird! 😉 You really have talent, Nancy!

  180. 浮躁的社会人们往往忘记了读书,其实好书是智慧的结晶,是凝固的思想和情感。青少年时期读书尤为重要。通达、志远的人往往在青少年阶段读了很多好书。我到西方国家访问时发现地铁上,飞机场的等候厅里很多人都拿着书读,有小说,有知识书等等。西方的文明高很大程度与老百姓都爱读书有关。孩子的书特别多,从封面设计到纸张的选择都那么讲究,让你拿到书感到就像拿了一件艺术品或宝贝。书店也摆设得典雅、考究。进了书店你就感到一种艺术气氛。有的书店放着古典音乐,设有咖啡厅和读书沙发等。二手图书也可在网上或书店交易,人们爱书如爱珍宝。人们在书店看到的书内容大都是积极健康的,特别是给孩子的书更是如此。

  181. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    I really enjoyed reading your book. It was a captivating tale. I felt like I was in the story, maybe even one of the birds! I am excited for your prequel SWORD-QUEST to come out. I enjoy writing stories myself. I want to write one but I don’ know what to write about so I’m going to wait for an idea. There is a blue jay outside at the birdfeeders at this moment. I understand why you wanted to write about birds because they are such beautiful creatures. Your story is all about peace and freedom, but I love how you put it into different context than using people. It’s so cool how you got this idea from a dream. I wish there were more people like you!

    – Kleis

  182. 小时候的梦想



  183. Swordbird was fun and exciting. I was suprised because the author of this book was only 13 years old. I suggest everybody read this book.

    — Sean

  184. 这本书是关于自由与和平的永恒主题,是可以超越国界受到全世界读者喜欢的书。
    — 简·弗里德曼

  185. Swordbird is a great read! It’s like the first air I breathe every morning when I open the windows: fresh and cool.

    — Jasen

  186. Swordbird has an old-fashioned sense of values, which is what a lot of the great writers have.

    — Jane Friedman, President CEO of HarperCollins (quote from Telegraph)

  187. Hi Nancy. I just wanted to say that your book was really great!!!

  188. The book “Swordbird” is a truly captivating tale that will make you wish it would go on forever. It tells about how good peace and friendship are. It will find a place in your library.
    — Annika

  189. I was very inspired by your book, too, because it not only encouraged peace, but also gave me hope that one day I could be a kid author too.

    I was amazed when I read about you in Time For Kids or Scholastic News magazine (My elementary school used both, but I forgot which one I saw you in) and I admit that at first I was jealous, because I wanted to publish a book. But when I read your story, I was very inspired and I started working on my stories even harder than before. So I thank you for writing your book and helping me become a better author.

    Finally, I’d like to say how excited I am to hear about your second book, SwordQuest. And Amazed! You wrote it in so little time. I can’t wait to read it.

    — Erica

  190. A vibrant tale packed full with life. Nancy Yi Fan is a great role model for children and he books are influential. I hope she continues her career as an author. I think that this book was very imaginative and colorful. I think that it is the type of story that upper elementary to lower middle would actually enjoy to have be assigned to them for a book report.

    –Janna Beckert

  191. Swordbird is an awesome book. It really grabbed my attention.I can’t wait until Nancy Yi Fan’s new book comes out, I will buy it as soon as it comes out. Nancy inspired me to write a book that I am writing right now it’s called Avolen.
    Your the best Nancy!

  192. Young Author’s Book Takes Flight
    Writing is often inspired by a strong interest in something–maybe it’s dragons or dinosaurs or computer games. For 13 year old Nancy Yi Fan the fascination was birds (she has always loved birds and has three pet birds). So she set out to combined her interest in birds with a desire “to express the importance of peace and freedom” and began to write a novel about battling birds. After she got the idea for the book she spent all of her free time writing. Her parents and school teachers encouraged her and her friends would read her early drafts, never doubting that one day their friend would be a published author. After a year of hard work, Miss Yi Fan’s novel, Swordbird,” was published by HarperCollins and immediately soared onto the New York Times best-seller list. Do you have an interest that could give your words wings?

    — The Hungry Writer Website

  193. Would be a standout even if it wasn’t written by a 12-year-old.


  194. 《剑鸟》实在是太精彩了。真不可相信-这本书还是一位跟我同龄的孩子写的!

    是么时候能像你这么好呢,Nancy? *望天*


  195. Very interesting read that makes me want to read other books in series. I liked the idea of the whole birdworld.

    — James

  196. Have you ever thought that you were too young to possibly write a good book? There have been authors who have proved doubters wrong over the years (Christopher Paolini is a prime example), but this newest addition to the list astonished even me.

    Meet fifteen-year-old Nancy Yi Fan, the author of the New York Times Bestselling Swordbird and its soon to be released prequel Sword Quest. I am determined to buy it.

    Learn about her and never forget that anything is possible.

    Yours truly,


  197. 成功取决于对待时间的态度。




  198. Swordbird is an epic story that has inspired me in my writing. It has had a great effect on me as it might have had on adults. It was great, can’t wait for Sword Quest.

  199. Dear Nancy,

    I finished Swordbird not long ago and I absolutely love it! It was a great idea to use birds as the main characters. Even though I am more of a cat lover, I have come to like birds just as much because of your excellent book. Just like many other of your fans, I can’t wait for your prequel Swordquest to come out!!


    Sonia P.
    Age 10

  200. I’ve read Swordbird. It was so cool. I know it is the greatest book! I cannot wait to read Sword Quest. The good news is I’ll have a chance to see Nancy in my city and have Sword Quest autographed by her. I know how great she’ll become and this may be a chance hard to come by. She is my true role model.
    — Amanda

  201. Sword Quest is an exciting adventure prequel to Swordbird. Nancy Yi Fan captures the readers in the first chapter with skillfully used personification and adept description. The excerpts from books at the beginning of every chapter add a nice touch to the novel. Yi Fan skillfully weaves a tale with powerful wording and an interesting plot. I highly recommend Sword Quest!
    Molly (Mt. Airy, NC)

  202. Sword Quest is a touching story about birds thriving to survive during a time of fear and hate. With its exciting plot the book was tremendously well written considering Nancy Yi Fan is such a young author. The characters each had a different personality and I came to love them all. I was especially glad that I got a feel of how the antagonist, as well as the protagonist, felt. The birds’ adventures kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. The scenes were astonishing and were so good I wished she had written more. The chapters were suspenseful as they switched from character to character. The beautiful pictures along side the text were another compliment to the story. Not being a bird expert I found them quite helpful as I was reading. Wind-voice and his message of peace will soon be flying into the hearts of people everywhere.
    Marcie (Warner Robins, GA)

  203. Sword Quest is now one of my favorite books!! I read the sequel, Swordbird, and Sword Quest was even better! I can hardly believe that the author is just a little older than me, because the plot was so well-developed, and the characters felt so real (even though they were birds). I especially like the names that the author gave each of the characters. If you LIKE the Warriors series, you will LOVE this book!!
    Leighton (Staten Island, NY)

  204. Set in the extremely creative bird kingdom, Sword Quest follows a beautifully crafted plot. Every bird has a perfectly assigned place in this society, including the prehistoric terror of the archaeopteryxes. The genius plot revolves around a wonderful message—one of peace for everyone.
    Kelsey (Lansdale, PA)

  205. I loved how this book’s setting was before the time of the last book so I got to know what the whole story of how Swordbird came to save the bird world. Overall I thought this book was very entertaining and interesting.
    Catherine (Lake Mary, FL)

  206. This is a wonderful book and the author obviously has a lot of potential. I love how she scatters subtle hints (or not-so-subtle hints) where they’re needed, and the quotes from the scriptures at the beginning of the chapters are very clever. The classic fight between good and evil is exemplary, and I love how she shows that both sides believe that they’re the one with the right to succeed. In all, this is a wonderful book with the prospective ability to be placed next to the Redwall series and Watership Down.
    Kath (brooklyn, NY)

  207. This is such a wonderful book! I finished it today and I cried when Miltin died! I love the way she put it in other birds point of view instead of seeing the situation from one bird! Nancy Yi Fan is my idol! Whenever I’m writing and think that no one would ever publish a book by an eleven year old, I think of Nancy Yi Fan and it urges me on!


  208. 范祎:13岁女孩制造童话风暴
      为了写好《剑鸟》中的打斗场面,范祎还特意报读了武术班,体会到中华武术的精神。后来连成龙读完小说后都写信赞许了她,这让她特别高兴。她刚到美国时,经常有同学问她:“你能像Jackie Chan(成龙)那样秀点功夫吗?”

  209. I finished Sword Quest and I love it!!!!! (I’m your #1 fan!!!) I can see your progress between Swordbird and Sword Quest. I’ll be waiting for your next book!!!!!!!!!!!!
    — Sonia P.

  210. Wow, I really love Swordbird — Sword Quest, I’m reading! I’ve been really interested in your books… I quit reading my current book when I was told by my teacher your new book was out!

  211. And now, on to this week’s challenge. This one’s inspired by Nancy Yi Fan, the 12-year-old author of the New York Times bestseller “Swordbird” and its prequel, “Sword Quest.” Yeah, we’ll give you a moment to re-read that. Twelve. 12. A decade plus two. This action-packed, fantasy epic, written by what can only be described as a literary prodigy, is about the bird battles of Stone-Run Forest and the legendary Swordbird who can conquer evil and restore peace to the land. Young Nancy’s favorite book is “Charlotte’s Web,” which hit the silver screen last year in a charming re-make. We figure it’s just a matter of time before some Hollywood movie studio options “Swordbird” too.

    — Jackie Burrell

  212. 《剑鸟》读后感
    五年级 胡东荷


  213. 《剑鸟》这本小说写得非常美妙,书中的角色、情节充满了神奇。在故事中你能够充分感受作者无拘无束的天性。更加难以相信的是作者在写这本令人赞叹、精雕细琢的奇幻小说时只有12岁,并且采用双语写作。还等什么呢?快来阅读吧!
    — 钟樱(成都市金沙小学校长、语文特级教师)

  214. I have just started reading this book but so far it is very interesting!
    — Emily

  215. Review of SWORD QUEST

    The legend of Swordbird, who defeated the darkness that threatened to prevail over the Great Spirit, has been passed down by generations of birds. However, few know the story behind the myth and how a humble fledging became a hero.

    For the wicked Emperor of the Archaeopteryxes, Hungrias II, there is no limit to his hunger for power and the lengths to which he would go to ensure it. For years, he has sought the Leasorn gems of the fabled Great Sword. His armies have wreaked havoc, destroying villages and families in order to meet the Ancient Wing’s demands. For those who become slaves, they face a life of relentless hard work with little chance of being released; a few are even confronted with the grim possibility of being the emperor’s latest delicacy.

    On the first day of winter, during one of the emperor’s many banquets, a soldier takes kindness on a young bird slave referred to as 13-Unidentified. His origins are a mystery, and the soldier is baffled by the emperor’s insistence that he must be guarded at all times, when the visibly exhausted bird toils as a kitchen servant. The young captive is surprised but grateful for the respite. Unfortunately, he gets into trouble when another guard threatens him and then when he rescues a young woodpecker scribe named Ewingerale (Winger). The meeting prompts 13-Unidentified’s memory: his real name is Wind-voice.

    Wind-voice is captured once again, but Winger manages to escape and get help from a small group of kingfishers and other species of bird. Meanwhile, Wind-voice is living every bird’s worst nightmare. Just when it looks as though this will be his last moment, however, he is transported into a shadowy world where a strange bird named Yin Soul agrees to save his life in exchange for Wind-voice’s help. Wind-voice is interested in the story of the magical sword but is rightfully suspicious of the offer and refuses. The seemingly sage bird reveals his monstrous true self, but Wind-voice is transported back just in time and makes a fiery grand escape. He is rescued by the woodpecker and taken to the unique community. There, Wind-voice and Winger meet a tough-looking myna named Stormac, and the three unlikely companions are told of the importance of the Leasorn gems.

    Wind-voice becomes determined to find the sought-after relics and stop Hungrias’s evil empire once and for all. When the trio sneaks out of the emperor’s territory, they befriend a good-natured eagle named Fleydur. The traveling minstrel offers to join them as they seek to locate the knowledge of the remaining gems. The quest will be a difficult one, as the band must travel to various lands, while events have begun to take shape that may further endanger the future of the birds.

    SWORD QUEST is a thrilling adventure brimming with equal amounts of suspense and hope. Nancy Yi Fan’s prose and creativity take flight in this exciting prequel to the 2007 bestseller SWORDBIRD. We hope that this is just the beginning of a long and fruitful career for this talented teenage author.

    — Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle at

  216. A 12-year-old Published Author

    Okay, I didn’t emphasize this a lot in my last last post. So, here goes.

    Nancy Yi Fan is a twelve year old Chinese-American girl who practices martial arts (swordplay). She moved to America when she was 7, and has already written 2 novels, Swordbird and Swordquest. She has also ranked New York Times Bestseller with her book, and has been praised by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and even Jackie Chan. I have both of her books, and they’re both okay. I think the reason it topped New York Times Bestseller was more because of the curiousity of what this 12-year-old could do than its content. However, Nancy Yi Fan is really good at word choice and understands how really to write a novel. In addition, Nancy translated the book into chinese all by herself, of which is now put into a bilingual one. There are times when you forget the author to be a 12-year-old. But I think descriptiveness isn’t always the key to a good book. So yeah.

    You see? There is hope for all of us. =D


  217. I really like Nancy Yi Fan. She stood up for her dream, and proved that even a fourteen year old can publish a book.
    — Giada

  218. 今天我读完了一本书,名叫“剑鸟”,这本书写得非常好,深深地把我吸引住了,这本书主要讲述了:鹰王暴君特耐特抓走了许多林鸟,为它修建堡垒,这些鸟有的被活活饿死,有的被打死,。而在森林里有一群红鸟和蓝鸟,它们在一只巨大的白鸟的带领下,用一颗向往和平与自由的心战胜了特耐特,解放了奴鸟。

    An exciting and action-packed tale of birds at war, this novel shows how friendship and courage can overcome tyranny. Sworquest follows the life of Wind-Voice, the heroic dove of peace, and how he wins his magical sword. Wind-Voice and his companions, a woodpecker and a mynah bird, join the rebel bird forces to fight against their oppressors, the archaeopteryxes. Once again Nancy creates a richly imagined bird world full of fanciful characters, adventure and intrigue.
    — Amazon, UK

  220. Sword Quest is the new book by Nancy Yi Fan. Fan’s Swordbird wowed young audiences. Born in China in 1993, this young writer is an inspiration to middle grade writers and readers.

    — Stacie

  221. 这个故事发人深思。鸟的世界和人的世界一样,有暴君,有奴隶,有勇士,还有神灵–那只爪持丽桑宝剑,为鸟除害的剑鸟,更是正义与自由的化身。


  222. I think it’s amazing for a 12 year old to get published. What’s more is that Nancy has started writing at the age of 10. I marvel at the wonders she has worked onto the page, and the clear imagery I am able to see. The main moral of her book “Peace is wonderful; freedom is sacred” touches me. She’s an inspiration to me and friends. Just the other day, my friend and I were talking about what it would be like to be her. Of course I wouldn’t dare to imagine that. I balk at the merest hint of talking in front of crowds. Still, I think that’s a brave thing to do–pursuing your dreams.

    Nancy gives me courage to finish my novel…and of course to the rest of the world’s young writers.

    Thank you,

  223. I went to Nancy’s booksigning at Barnes and Noble and got to meet her. My husband, Tom, and I read Swordbird and enjoyed it very much. He thinks she captures the tradition of fantasy wonderfully well for a person of her young years. She is also able to accept death as part of life and yet maintain optimism throughout her story. I like the images she evokes with phrases like “tip-clawing” and “but on the other wing.” Now on to Sword Quest!


  224. I am 12 years old and in the sixth grade. My teacher was so excited when I found your website. I am reading your book Sword Quest. It is so amazing. How did you ever write this? It is has great description. I read your book everyday and never want to put it down!
    — Megan

  225. Hi my name is kenny. your books are fanominal. sword bird and sword quest are the best books i have ever read in my life your a true inspiration and i want to ask you a favor. will you please make a third book. thank you.

    Sincerely, kenny

  226. I would definetely rate Swordbird a five-star book!

    It is about the cardinals and the blue jays and their war against Lord Turnatt. Aska and Miltin are trying to find the Leasorn Gem, while Glenagh and others are trying to find the song of Swordbird. Holding the Leasorn Gem while singing the song, Swordbird will come and fight with them. Will they win against Turnatt? Read to find out!

    — Nick

  227. Wow.
    All I can say is wow.
    It is a twist of war, peace, love and friendship, gathered in a journey to freedom.
    How did you write this amazing an spectacular book?
    You must read it!


  228. “Swordbird” – stunning! CONGRATS!

    Todd Dombrowski
    Book Candy Studios

  229. Teenager Nancy Yi Fan fleshes out more of her allegorical tale about good versus evil with a new cast of warrior/philosopher birds in Sword Quest, illus. by Jo-Anne Rioux, a prequel to last year’s Swordbird.

    — Publishers Weekly

  230. hi nancy, my name is eduardo i’m brazillian and i have 20 years old. like you i have a dream and i sent letters and e-mails for jackie chan office in hong kong but i have not sucess into now. i write since 17 years old and a time i wanted to write a history for jackie, a history that he can to do a movie and i write it. i want to give him my stories and i want not money, it is personal, everybody says: you never will get it, but i trust me and god will help to become my dream trust. (if I wrote something wrong I excuse. I never learned English that I know don’t know as but I know ) give me an answer. 😉

  231. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    I love your books. If I think someone I know would appreciate Swordbird and Sword Quest, I immediately recommend the books to them. Your stories fill me with so much emotion. When Irene died I was really upset, but when Wind-voice escaped I was filled with joy. Your books can really paint a picture in my mind, and as an aspiring author I admire you. I have written many stories, most of which have been left unfinished. I am always trying to find something to write about–something I am passionate about, and others will enjoy to read.

    One major reason your books are so amazing for me is because I LOVE animals. You can imagine that because of this I love fiction about animals. Other books I enjoy are The Redwall Series, and The Mistmantle Chronicles. I am doing your 2nd book for a book report in school, but I have not yet finished it.


  232. Dear Nancy,

    I just finished Swordbird and started reading Sword Quest! Oh, my goodness!! Your books are so awesome!! At a bookstore here in Idaho, (that’s where I bought both of your books, ) they just say they admire you so much! They think that you are awesome! We are all having a great time on the Swordbird Chatroom! Many people have sent out books, and Rayzel, a person on the chatroom, is actually getting published!! She’s following your lead!! You have been such an inspiration to me, Nancy! In fact, I’m 40 pages long on a book called “A Call For Adventure”. I’m so excited when I finish writing it! Thank you, so much!!

    Your fan,


  233. dear Nancy I loved your books and can’t wait for the 3rd and I read that the 3rd is called Sword Mountain.
    I’ve been writing my books before I read yours but you’ve inspired me to keep going on with them and making them the best books they can be.
    I’m hoping that one day I’ll be as lucky as you and get my books published.

  234. I love your 2 books. You should consider making a movie out of swordquest!!!! (if you do, make sure you are the director!!!)
    Are you going to write another swordbird / swordquest novel??????? You are the best writer in the universe! I hope you write more swordbird books soon!

    I’m your#1 fan!

    — Morgan

  235. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    I love your books. I read many books and I have to say that Swordbird and Sword Quest are the best books that I have read in a long time. You are one of my favorite two authors and your books are filled with wonderful imgages painted into the reader’s mind. You have inspired me to write my own book, and currently, I’ve written 60 pages of it. I have recommended your books to all of my friends.

    How do you think of such vivid character names? I love the interesting names such as Fleydur and Stormac, and even Maldeor. My favorite character in Swordbird is Aska and my favorite character in Sword Quest is Ewingerale. I think that the idea of telling the story of how Swordbird came to be with Sword Quest was a creative idea. Are you going to write any more books? If you will, I’ll eagerly await their releases. Your Sword Quest gave me something to look forward to when I heard about it. I wonder how you picked what kind of birds to be in you book. My favorite bird is the Gouldian finch for its bright and vibrant coloration on the males.

    I was very excited to find out that you were having a book tour. I was very sad to know that I missed the tour because I wanted to get your signature on my books. That would have been great. If you have another book tour, you can count on that fact that I will most definitely go to it. I loved reading the blogs that you wrote in for each day. I also enjoyed seeing the images about your biography. You have motivated me to write about my passions and speak up about issues that concern me.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for being my inspiration. I hope you like the picture included that I drew for you.

    Your fan,

    Amy C

  236. I love your books Swordbird and SwordQuest. You could say I’m a fan, but that would sound weird because everybody says that.
    Well anyway, I love your books.
    I wish I could become as great of an author as you are. I tried because I was inspired by your books. I never wanted to put your books down.


  237. Hi Nancy, it’s Jaclyn. You met me when you were on tour for Swordquest, at the Yellow Book Road bookstore. I brought my parrot Kiwi in to see you.
    I just wanted to say thank you for writing such great books, and inspiring so many kids to follow their dreams.
    — Jaclyn

  238. We are writng to you to tell you how much we like your books. Mrs. Barnello is reading SWORDBIRD to us. You are so smart that there are some words in your book that Mrs. Barnello can’t pronounce. We like looking them up in the dictionary. Mrs. Rozniak told us that we can buy your new book in our Scholastic Book Fair at our school in a few weeks. We can’t wait!

    Jay on behalf of the whole class

  239. Swordbird is AWESOME! Those of you who do not like it are boring! Swordbird had brilliant descriptions, cool pictures, and a message. It would be an outstanding work of art even if it wasn’t written by a fourteen year old girl. And I loved how she took an animal that really isn’t written about and made a story! Nancy is an inspiration for me! She’s given me the confidence to write -and hopefully publish- my book. Hurray for Nancy!

  240. I am completely amazed with Nancy’s book! When I was browsing through the books in Borders (soon after Swordbird was published) I picked up Swordbird and started reading the inside cover and About the author. When I found out that Nancy was only a little older than me, I was so happy! I had earlier thought that kids had to wait until they were older until they could make a mark on the world, but I have learned through Nancy and her writing that we can change the world through our words! I have always been a writer, and reading Nancy’s books have encouraged me to continue writing. I have a novel currently in the writing process (take a look: that I hope to get published someday. Go Nancy!!

  241. I love reading and writing about birds, Nancy’s masterpeice was my favorite fiction novel on birds. I picked up Swordbird out of random and i turned out falling in love with it. It inspired alot of my bird writings. I hope to be as great a writer as her. You are an inspiration for me! Good job! Keep on writing Nancy!

  242. Dear Nancy,
    I just wanted to tell you that I absolutely LOVE your book, Sword Quest! I would have never thought that Swordbird (a.k.a. 013-Unidentified) had such a confusing past. I hope that someday I become a great a writer as you are! I’ll be waiting for your next book!

    Sonia P.
    Age 10 but almost 11

  243. Hi Nancy,

    I am one of your fans; I got your email address at the book signing in Ann Arbor, Michigan on February 9, 2008. My mom had asked for your email after getting both Swordbird, (which I have read completely) and SwordQuest, (which I have not yet read) signed.

    When I was in 5th and 6th Grade, I had established a birders group at school! Around November of 2006, I was writing a story about birds, but then, in 2007, I suddenly stopped writing…(BUMMER!!!)

    Soon, I was writing again, after reading the best book yet (in my opinion) Swordbird!

    Swordbird is a great story, I would give the story a 99 out of 100!!!

    Thank you for inspiring me to write again! 🙂

    Brad D.
    Age: 13

  244. Dear Ms. Fan,

    Hi, I read your book, SWORDBIRD. I thought it was great and fascinating. When you read it and you’re finished, you would want to read it again. Even though it is pretty sad at the end. Make more great books if you can, please!


    Sabrine C

  245. Hi Nancy, it’s Jaclyn. You met me when you were on tour for Swordquest, at the Yellow Book Road bookstore. I brought my parrot Kiwi in to see you.
    I just wanted to say thank you for writing such great books, and inspiring so many kids to follow their dreams. It was really cool to see myself in the video on your website, and you even mentioned Kiwi and I in your blog! 🙂
    How did the rest of your book tour go? Have you started writing Sword Mountain yet?

    — Jaclyn

  246. Swordbird is artfuly crafted and is a wonderful peice for all readers! An astounding accomplishment for a writer any age! — Sylvie

  247. Dear Nancy,
    I am reading Swordbird now, it is amazing! My name is Alyssa and I’m eleven years old. I think it is so cool that you’ve already written two books! I love writing stories, and my dream is to become an author. I wish your book signing would come to Illinois!


  248. I liked your book, it was cool. I liked all the birds and how they fought and all the action packed humor in the book. — Vidas

  249. I really liked both the books SwordBird and Swordquest. They both are awe inspiring and great for any age. Im Cera and live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I have two parakeets like yours. Thier names are Snowflake and Zoie. I love my birds very much. Both of your books are fantastic and with all the action packed fun. My favorite character of both books are Fleydur; the golden Eagle, Stormac; the hill myna, Wind-voice or SwordBird, Aska;the Blue-Jay and Correy, and Milton; the robin.


  250. “Wow, Nancy! SWORDBIRD blew me away! I, too, am a young writer who loves to write about animals, especially cats, dogs, and birds! When I read your book ( in three days; it’s so good! I’m starting SwordQuest today) it was so well written, I got so jealeous! I was, like, all through the book, ” How come I didn’t think of that!?” !!!! Cedar Waxwings and Tawny Eagles are my favorite birds, along with Stellar’s Jays and Golden eagles. In SWORDBIRD, my absolute favorite character was Miltin Silquore! His illustration was so adorable, who wouldn’t love Miltin! I was actually happy that he dies, because it was so peaceful and happy. He finally saw his dream through Aska’s eyes, though, and that was something, I belive, only Swordbird could make happen.

    Thanks, Nancy, for a wonderful story and inspiration!
    -Kristina P.”

  251. 今天,我看了一本 中英对照的书叫《剑鸟》。这次读这本书的心情和以往的很不一样。以往我总是只注重书的内容,我从不读作者的自我介绍。这次不知是意外还是巧合,我读了这个作者的自我介绍。我惊讶地发现原来这个作者是一个从中国移民去美国的12岁小女孩。我很意外因为她只是一个年纪小小的女孩,却能写得一本这么好的儿童小说。我不禁地替这位女孩感到骄傲。 玲娜

  252. This is a wonderful book that deserves high praise.Bravo,Nancy!Your amazing book has reached many people and has developed many fans.

  253. Dear Nancy-
    I am a young author like you,and greatly admire your work.My book is about twin sisters Rio and India,who have to battle the elements when a massive hurricane sweeps their town into destruction,and they have to work together to save their friends and family.Thank you for your wonderful books,and please write more!


  254. I’d like to say I’m a fan of Swordbird and Sword Quest. Both are very well written, original, and cleverly thought out novels.


  255. Great book for adults and children alike

    My 7-year old son and I read Swordbird first before reading this prequel and I enjoyed both books every bit as much as he did if not more. To think a 12-year old girl imagined this wonderful story filled with rich characters is both humbling and fascinating. I dearly hope Nancy Yi Fan will continue writing this series. I would put her series in a league near Harry Potter.

    — D’s mom “nanur”

  256. Teenager Nancy Yi Fan fleshes out more of her allegorical tale about good versus evil with a new cast of warrior/philosopher birds in Sword Quest.
    — Editorial Review, Bigger Books

  257. Review on Sword Quest

    This prequel to the “New York Times” bestseller “Swordbird” is a richly layered novel full of adventure, bravery, heroism, and a fascinating bird world created by teenage author Nancy Yi Fan.


  258. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    You are my favorite author! Please write another book. My favorite book is definitely “Swordbird”. I want to be a writer just like you.I have written lots of short stories and I want to write a novel. My novel is called “Olivia”.It is about a little tiger cub who is found by a teenage girl named Stacey in Beijing, China. Stacey disguises Olivia as a tabby cat so she can bring her home to America. My name is Kayla Gagnon. I am nine years and I live in New Jersey. I bring a little notebook to school and I write in it in my free time. I hope I get my book published some day. Thank you for writing such great books. Can you tell me when your next book will be published.

    — Kayla G.

  259. Hi Nancy,

    My fourth-grade son and I are in a book club with 3 other boys and their moms (in Sharon, MA – just outside of Boston). We just read Swordbird and they loved it. They’ve already selected Swordquest as their next book. With books like yours, the boys are learning to love reading. Thank you so much.

    –Joan A.

  260. I was interested in reading your book, because I too am a bird lover/owner ( I used to own three parakeets, but one of them died due to old age so I now only have two). Your books were so inspiring. You put so much feeling into the birds lives. I think that your book can relate to real life,too.

    I have wanted to write a book since I was eight, but I never had the courage. I was scared that I wouldn’t succeed and that I would be made fun of. Well,you took care of that fear. I have just begun writing a book called, “Beyond the White Rosebush.” Even though the idea came from my heart, the courage and inspiration came from none other than you! I could never thank you enough! Respectfully
    -Jenny M.

  261. 在一本杂志上,我看到了范祎的故事,她是一个和我同龄的中学生,她也是一个中国人,但她在七岁时就随父母搬到了美国读书,她用英文写的《剑鸟》畅销 全世界,同样都是十三岁,她便美名远扬,她的经历和名字便被人所熟知。同年我看了J.K罗琳的故事,她是一个出色的英国女作家,《哈利.波特》一个价值十亿美元的品牌使她由一个贫困的乡村女教师蜕变成为英国第三的富婆。我也希望写出一本小说来改变我的命运,改变我今后的道路。

  262. After 9/11, ten-year-old Nancy Yi Fan turned her fear and anger about terrorism into writing a novel. “Swordbird”, just out, tells about warring feathered factions and a muscular supernatural hero who saves their society. As a new immigrant from China, Nancy had been to the WTC observatory in the summer of 2001. Two years after the attacks, she was still having dreams about war. Nancy wrote “Swordbird”, reflecting her passion for birds, as a way to convey her message of peace to the world.


  263. I read Swordbird earlier, and it was great, but I really liked Sword Quest, which I read and re-read recently. It’s a really great prequel to Swordbird and I love how it really covers so much about how Swordbird came to be. I also like how it seems like each of the characters represents something. Stormac represents the mistakes in life, Yin Soul represents evil, and Ewingerale represents hope in the face of despair. I loved Sword Quest!

  264. The book I am reading is Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan. Swordbird is a well written book. It takes place at Stone-Run Forest. In the forest there are many tribes. The main two are the Bluewingle Tribe of the bluejays and the Sunrise Tribe of the cardinals. There is chaos between the two tribes. Both blame the other for stealing their offspring eggs and food. The leaders of each tribe decide to go to war. Flame-back the leader of the cardinals is a cunning warrior. He is strong in attack and battle formations. Skylion,the leader of the bluejays is wise and decisive.

    Aska, a young female bluejay is flying when she stumbles across a brave and clever robbin named Milton. He is an enslaved worker at Fortress Glooming. He tells her that Turnatt, an evil hawk and his army have been stealing the cardinal and bluejay eggs all along.

    It is then when they realize they must team up. The cardinals and bluejays become friends again and will not rest until the blood of Turnatt is spilled and they see the downfall of his fortress, Glooming. Their only hope of seeing peace again is to have Swordbird, the mystical white bird help them. There is only one way to get him and that is with a learsorn gem and a song from the old scripture.

    The bluejays and the cardinals only posess the old scripture. The gem has been lost for a very long time. To find out if they stop Turnatt from enslaving the two tribes read Swordbird.

    My opinion is that Swordbird is a swell book. I’ve never read anything like it. It makes me want to keep reading. After each chapter it takes another twist. I can’t wait to read the seaquel Swordquest.

    by sparky man

  265. Nancy Yi Fan is only 13 years old, but her fantasy novel, “Swordbird”, demonstrates a mature ability to create a page-turning plot focused on a war between birds.

    — Staff from ScrippsNews

  266. I truly loved this exciting book by Nancy Yi Fan. This wonderful story has changed my perspective on birds. I think this book is a perfect book for anyone who loves animals(especially birds) and adventure


  267. Soooooo Fun to read!!!

  268. It’s amazing that Nancy was only 12 when she wrote this! OMG!

  269. Dear Nancy,
    I just love your book!
    When I just read the first page(the prologue)
    I said to my mom” Mom this is the best book
    EVER!!!” So she said to keep reading it.
    And I saw you on channal five!!!
    Alsmost at the last minuete!
    And when Miltin died you wrote it so detailing!!
    I also cried on that part.
    My mom said that a book that I cry on is a verry good book.
    If a wishing star came out before I slept in my bed, I would say I wish Nancy kept on making books. And on those books I wish there was a sticker that said NEWBERY MEDAL.
    Also if you wrote your name on my book, I would keep sooooo safe!!

    Angela Lee

  270. I love to read and write just like you. I was really encouraged by what you said on Oprah.

    — Chantal

  271. This fast-paced tale will draw in fans of Brian Jacques and the Warriors series with its realistic animal characters and action. Themes of peace and freedom play an important role in this story written in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th. An amazing effort for such a young author. I’m sure we’ll see a lot more from Fan in the future.

    — Book Dweeb

  272. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    I read your book and I thought it was exciting and realistic at the same time, which in my opinion is really hard to do. I also thought Swordbird had a really good plot, plus it used my favorite animal 🙂

    — Paula

  273. hello,
    i know that you will be very surprised cause when i watched nancy yi fan on
    oprah on may 12th that i believe and lucky i watch the young girl
    who is the author of swordbird and i say oohh i wish i love to read the
    book and guess what went to bookstore and got the book on swordbird
    and snowquest now i am reading swordbird and i love it, love birds like
    hawk, eagle, bluebird, bluejay, cardinal, dove and etc……
    and i am middle 40 ish years of age and i don’t see why not to read the
    book and i love it !! like i read harry potter…
    nancy yi fan is a very bright girl and sweet and i hope she will continue
    writing snow series !
    one thing can’t image these birds holding the swords and that is cool and
    you can picture them holding them and fighting !!!!……

    thank you

  274. OMG!!! Those were the best two books I ever read!!!! Im still working on the second and I love the story. I also love Archeopteryxs but there were good bad guys as well. Its kinda odd to think of birds holding swords and stuff so I give you an astouding A+++++++ For imagination and origiallity!!! LOVED IT!!!

  275. Nancy Yi Fan is awesome, I can honestly say Swordbird deserves many a praise.

    —Natalia Sinisterra

  276. Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan

    Engaging a child’s mind in creativity and imagination can be a priceless gift. Reading and writing, the two most fundamental ways for humans to access, record and translate information are often under emphasized in young children’s education. Too often parents become competitive in test scores and arranging a broad array of extra-curricular activities. Overwhelmed kids become distracted and unable to concentrate and savor the learning experience.

    Sometimes the best way to open a young mind and build quality family time comes simply from a book read quietly together. Once you power up the mental engines, they will seek to learn by themselves.

  277. Hi, swordbird is my favorite book, I read it because I love birds my favorite birds are the northern saw whet owl and red bellied woodpecker.
    —alex marine

  278. omg i love your book. its so well written I’ m trying to write a book my self.


  279. My third grade son claims Sword Bird as his favorite book and says that he liked this prequel “almost as much.” He reads constantly, so naming a book as a favorite is a big claim for him. He and a number of friends his age have reporting loving Sword Quest because the characters and action are so interesting. I think they also are intrigued that it was written by such a young person.

    — K. A. Evans

  280. What book/movie has had a major impact on you?

    Harry Potter books and the Twilight series. Just because they are big obsessions of mine.

    On a deeper level, I think that I was really affected by Nancy Yi Fan’s Swordbird. It wasn’t the book itself, although that was good, but the author. She’s just a little bit older than I am and already has two books out that have been pretty high up on the NY Times bestseller list. I am INSANELY JEALOUS, but Nancy has really inspired me to pick up the dang pen and showed that just because we’re kids, doesn’t mean we can’t get published.


  281. Well, I’m amazed, absoultely shocked.
    I’m a young writer myself and am absolutely amazed at what she did. Nancy Yi Fan has become my insparation in everything I have done. proof that no matter how young you are anything can happen! 😉

  282. i would say is a wonderful book and hopefully it will make to the top like harry potter and keep on writing nancy.

    — barb

  283. Dear Nancy Yi Fan, you are awesome! i read your 1st book, and i was commmmmmmmpletely absorbed in it!!!!!!!!rock on!

    —Farida K.

  284. A choice selection for summer reading

    A Kid’s Review

    Remember the good old days of being a kid—cracking open a comic book, reading the “pows” and “bangs” of the hero tousling with the villain? Exciting, because the mystery, the struggle, the battle (and having the superhero winning it), sure meant a lot for a kid. Swordbird, written by Nancy Yi Fan when she was twelve, really captures that hearty enthusiasm for a good ol’ fantasy story of swashbuckling adventure. It’s set in a world of dark forests, mist-capped mountains, with a hawk and his army against the woodbirds, cardinals and blue jays. Action juxtaposed with imagery and description, along an overall allegorical touch, does add interesting dimension to the tale. A savory morsel for all bookworms.

  285. Dear Nancy Fan,

    I love your book Swordbird. It’s awe inspiring! I liked how courageous the robin, Miltin, is. At first I though the hawk, Turnatt, was a bit confusing. His plan was well thought out. I didn’t know what his plan was at first! I’ve always taken an interst in birds, but Swordbird took my rate for birds soring.

    — Anne O.

  286. Dear Nancy,
    Your book inspired me to really watch what birds do. They are actually very interesting to watch. The funny thing is, right after I finished reading your book, we studied about birds in school. Your book is very full of excitement and suspense. You make everything sound so majestic that I was left awestruck after I read the book. I can’t wait to read your prequel, Sword Quest!

    – Katie L.

  287. Swordbird is the best book ever!

    — Mundahi

  288. Sword Quest
    Gr 4–6—In this good-versus-evil story, a prequel to Swordbird (HarperCollins, 2007), readers see a legend taking shape as evil forces attempt to conquer the inhabitants of a bird world. Prophecy says a hero will emerge on Hero’s Day, but no one knows who it will be. Scattered in unknown regions of the world lay strategically placed Leasorn gems that hold clues to where the hero’s sword waits. It is up to the hero to discover where and to retrieve it. The archaeopteryxes, an army of birds intent on cruelty and destruction, support the desires of the villainous leaders. Maldeor, a leader with a batlike wing forged from evil magic, has cast his eye toward claiming the sword. But unlikely birds lay down their lives to uncover the clues so they might save the sword for its true master. Fleydur, eagle prince of the Skythunder tribe, Stormac the mynah, and Ewingerale the woodpecker all play pivotal roles as companions to 013-Unidentified, a dovelike bird trapped as a slave. Readers will find the characters credible and well suited for their roles in this fabled adventure. The tightly crafted story line is nicely executed, but the most important element, and one that truly touches the heart, is the underlying theme of love.

    —Robyn Gioia, School Library Journal

    (4-6年级) 《寻》是《剑鸟》(哈珀柯林斯出版集团,2007)的前传。在这本主题为正义战胜邪恶的书中,读者会看到一股邪恶势力企图控制鸟的世界时所展开的离奇故事。预言说有个英雄将在英雄日到来,但是这个英雄是谁却是个迷。分散在世界各地未知角落的丽桑宝石能指向英雄宝剑所在之处,所以英雄必须先寻找宝石,然后才能取到剑。始祖鸟,一群无恶不做的鸟,在他们凶恶首领的带领下到处干坏事。 猫迪尔,始祖鸟的头儿,靠邪魔法得到了一个奇怪的翅膀,跟蝙蝠的翅膀很相似。他把眼睛盯上寻剑这件事上了。与此同时,一些不大可能成为剑主的鸟不顾生命的安危去寻找宝剑的线索,以确保剑被英雄拿到。在这群鸟中,天雷山鹰族王子福来多, 鹩哥胃哥,啄木鸟翼哥都跟随着一只叫“013无类鸟”的鸟去完成这个使命。“013无类鸟”长得很像鸽子,当过奴隶。读者将发现所有这些角色都令人信服,非常适合历险故事的角色。故事线索紧凑,扣人心弦。其中故事最重要的成分,也是最能打动读者心灵的是它蕴涵的主题 —— 爱。

    —— 萝宾. 乔亚 美国《学校图书馆》杂志

  289. What an amazing job Nancy did today at Talbot!! She spoke directly to the children which made such an impact on them. Her words of inspiration and commitment were beautifully delivered. She has a wonderful gift.

    Many 5th grade parents told me how grateful they were to be able to have Nancy as a speaker. Please let her know how honored we were to have her at our school. This event is something they will always remember and cherish.

    — Ms. Newsom

  290. The book Swordbird is amazing. The characters have depth to them, and the plot is magnificent. But what I find the greatest about this book, is the youth of the writer. Nancy Fan, you are about my age, I suppose, by now. I am fourteen, and am wishing to publish a book as good as yours. I am a whole and complete fantasy lover, and I find reading a great escape from life, school, and problems with friends or family. It was when I was eight that I decided I wanted to be a writer. Like your books, my stories center around fantasy-like settings, and have animals. I love any animal, but my favorite are the ever-graceful dolphins, the powerful wolves, and the beautifully sleek falcons. I think we share that in commom, but seeing as I’ve never had the chanse to meet you personally, I’ll never know. Your book has inspired me to write more, and perhaps finish and publish a book at this age. I hope thatmaybe people around the wolrd could read stories suck as Angels’ Song, or Spirits of the Depths, and know that the author was ispired by the author of Swordbird. I have yet to read Sword Quest, but theses no doubt that I will! Thank you,

    — Charli H.

  291. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,
    Hello! I read and like your books a lot, and I really like birds too. It’s really cool that you could use Archaeopteryx in your 2nd book. I researched the Archaeopteryx for my research fair. Your books are really good. I would like to write one too, but I still have to plan it out.


  292. Saw this young author speak and bought both books in her series. Am sixth grade Reading teacher for regular education and gifted education students. This series is wonderful! My students love the book and would recommend it as a great summer read. See this one and the newest Sword Quest! Excellent stories, beautifully written! Adults will enjoy as well. Could become the next Harry Potter craze; birds become real characters and not thought of as “just birds”. Look forward to the next Yi Fan book to come along!

    — Bingo “Reader and DS Game fan”

  293. Children’s Literature
    Sword Quest

    Birds form the unusual topic of this quest novel, which begins with a prophecy that foretells the coming of a great hero. The archaeopteryxes’ dark empire is growing, and they have turned even the strongest species of birds, such as the crows, into slaves. 013-Unidentified, a strange white bird, is held in their captivity at the start of the book. As he struggles to free a fellow prisoner, he suddenly recalls the name his mother gave him, Wind-Voice. He escapes and grows strong again, reclaiming his true identity as Wind-Voice. Throughout the novel, he journeys across the land to stop the evil Maldeor from reaching the Hero’s Sword. This is a novel about recognizing the hero within and understanding what is truly important in life—such as family, friends, and peace, rather than power or treasure. Yi Fan’s writing is outstanding given her young age. I also loved Rioux’s exceptional pencil-drawn illustrations, which bring charming life to the characters. Together, they make this book an entertaining flight of the imagination. Reviewer: Laura Ruttig



    在这本探寻类小说中,鸟演绎了不寻常的主题。小说从英雄即将到来的预言开始。一个始祖鸟的黑暗帝国在强大,他们甚至把很健壮鸟如乌鸦等都变成了奴隶。一个叫“013无类鸟”的奇怪白鸟,在故事的一开始也被抓为奴。当他试图放走一个俘虏时,他突然想起了母亲给他起的名字——风声。他也逃了,变得更坚强了,并以“风声”的真实身份重新开始了他的历险生活。小说跟着他的旅程,飞越了山山水水,围绕着他如何阻止邪恶的猫迪尔去拿英雄宝剑的线索展开。这本小说是关于如何发现自己内在的英雄潜能以及生活中最重要的东西—— 如家庭、朋友、和平,而不是权势和财宝。范祎这么小的年纪就写出了这么出色的小说,实在令我佩服。我也非常喜欢丽欧克丝很有特点的铅笔画插图,这些插图给角色增添了魅力。总之,文字和插图这两方面合在一起使得这本充满想象的小说变得那么有趣。
    — 劳拉.卢迪格

  294. Nancy Yi Fan is an incredible writer!
    I have read both of her books now and they are outstanding!
    Please keep on writing!

  295. 勇敢无畏的鸟–读《剑鸟》有感





    — albert

  296. 哈哈,我看过这本书,不错:


  297. 写得太经典了!想象力非常丰富,文笔流畅。我要向作者学习!

    --- 山坡上的落日

  298. Little Miss Wordsmith!

    Achal Narayanan

    NANCY YI FAN, a fairly typical American teenage girl who loves birds, martial arts and writing, was 12 years old when her first novel, Swordbird, was published last year.

    Within weeks it reached the top of the New York Times list of best-selling children’s books.

    Swordbird is a fantasy about warring birds. It shows how friendship and courage can overcome tyranny.

    Nancy did not learn English until she was seven and her family emigrated to the United States from China. Just a few years later she wrote a book in English, her first novel Swordbird, which soon became a best-seller.

    Nancy Yi Fan’s family moved to the United States a few months before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. One night shortly afterwards, she dreamed about a giant white bird trying to make peace among warring flocks of birds in a forest.

    “When I woke up,” she said, “I wanted to turn my dream into a story because I wanted to express the importance of peace and freedom.” It took her almost a year to complete her story, which she called Swordbird.
    She then started sending her manuscript off to various publishers. “I only hoped to receive advice on how to improve my writing, but you know, Swordbird got accepted for publication,” Nancy recalls. Jane Friedman, the chief executive of Harper Collins, a major U.S. publishing house, decided to give Nancy’s story a chance. Harper Collins’ children’s division found it to be “absolutely brilliant”, said Ms Friedman, who added, “We felt we had a prodigy in our hands. We took on the book, and the rest is history.”

    Nancy Yi Fan recently published her second novel, Sword Quest, whose story is set hundreds of years before Swordbird.

    In Sword Quest, Nancy added a fortune teller who uses the yin and yang symbols [of Chinese philosophy and religion] and the fortune-telling sticks to guide some of the characters to a destination. Also, she says, a main character in the book was inspired by her grandmother’s ghost stories about the spirits who stay in the crossroads and wait for people to cross the street.

    Becoming a published author at such a young age, says Nancy, has affected her life in many ways. “I think it trained me to think more logically. It helped my imagination and certainly tested my determination, self-control and dedication. I discovered things like structure, preciseness of wording. Now when I write essays in school assignments, it’s much easier for me.”

    The youngest author ever published by Harper Collins hopes to continue writing. And Nancy Yi Fan says she will “use my wings” to go wherever her dreams take her.

  299. Swordbird was fantastic! I am hungry for more!!! I love Nancy’s books!!! 🙂


  300. Of all the books I have read this in 5th grade, yours was the most interesting to read. I am very surprised at how well you write, especially because you were only a few years older than me when you wrote this amazing book. The way you used birds to be the people in the story really sparked my imagination.

    My favorite quote in your book is: “Peace is wonderful; freedom is sacred”. I also think peace, and happiness, is very important to myself and others. Freedom is sacred because with it, you cannot do the things you want to do, and without it, our lives would be miserable.

    — Mason S.

  301. It was fantastic! The moment we finished reading the first chapter, we were hooked.

    As we dug deeper into the story, we could not put it down. We loved the chapter about the fight on the Appleby Hills. It was hilarious! We liked how Skylion describes the sticky grass. Glenagh was our favorite character in the story. He was the one who urged the cardinals and the blue jays to unite and arise to face the enemies. It was a great story of courage and a struggle for peace. We can’t wait to read the sequel!
    When my teacher told me that you wrote Swordbird at the age of twelve, we couldn’t believe it. Your inspire us to become writers one day.

    — Landon L., Jacob M. and Zoya P.

  302. I love your books. I really love how the adventure is so exciting, so suspenseful! Another thing, the characters seem almost real! (Other than the fact that they are talking birds.) But really! If they were actual people, I feel like I could walk up and meet them!

    — Amy B.

  303. In the last two days I’ve read one full novel and half of a second. Granted the novels were written by a teenager and intended for children and have pictures on about every other page. But they are rollicking good stories and I’m enjoying them as much for the astonishment that the first was conceived by a ten year old and written, submitted and published before she was thirteen. And English wasn’t her first language!

    I am speaking of :

    Swordbird and Sword Quest

    by Nancy Yi Fan

    I was enthralled enough that I failed to notice the sky going dark as I read in the back yard this evening. I had expected to notice when I could not longer read but as the sun’s light faded the sodium vapor light guarding the trailer park’s pool behind us took over and I never noticed. If it hadn’t been for the mosquitoes making a banquet of me I might still be out there.

    These epic quest fantasies may not be the absolute best I’ve ever read but they are plenty charming enough and they showcase a budding talent that bears watching. The fresh spirit of their author informs every line. She is most definitely one for whom the audacity of hope comes as natural as breath.

    You will excuse me as I pick up Sword Quest to find out how Wind-voice and his companions get out of their latest scrape with the minions of the tyrant Maldeor who is intent on finding the mythical sword before they do. For whoever wields this sword would be invincible. Maldeor wishes to rule the world with it. Wind-voice wishes only to free the enslaved and ensure freedom for everybird. Of course I know Wind-voice’s quest succeeds because Sword Quest is a story from the ancient legends of the birds whose quest for freedom from tyranny was the focus of Swordbird.

    — Joy Renee

  304. I loved Swordbird! I’m now a huge fan!! Swordbird really soars high! I’m amazed for Nancy… And a bit jealous… I’m 10, and will follow in Nancy’s steps! Congratulations to Nancy for translating the book into Chinese, too! (I can read it in both languages! I am from Dalian!)

  305. A good vs. evil, fantasy action-epic set in a world of birdfolk who enslave, trash-talk and go to war with each other. Fan has such a lively, sharp imagination, evident in charming touches like the hot-air ballooning vaudeville troupe, or the way the good guys speak in quaint, spiffy wartime British.
    — Mimi Lok

  306. Swordbird -《剑鸟》
    By Nancy Yi Fan

    昨晚开始看这本书。212页,现在看完了。本书作者是华裔女孩,出书的时候年仅12岁。 故事是关于鸟类之间的战争。
    封面上红色的鸟叫 cardinal,是美国Ohio的州鸟(state bird),还有一个州也是把cardinal做为state bird,忘了是哪个州。

    蓝色的鸟是blue jay


    everyone – everybird
    ladies and gentlemen – ladies and gentlebirds…


    — Liang Xiaofang

  307. 《剑鸟》以优美流畅的语言、扣人心弦的故事情节


  308. My 2 Most Favorite Books(a true compliment to teenage author Nancy Yi Fan)-a true story

    by Bhagee, age 9

    I have read two books called
    “Swordbird” and “Sword Quest”.
    Both books are written by
    teenage author Nancy Yi Fan. “Swordbird” is about how the cardinals & blue jays suffer under the evil hawk,
    Turnatt.So they call Swordbird, the half-dove, guardian of peace, to help them. “Sword Quest” is about how Wind-Voice (he is later renamed Swordbird) and his companions, Ewingerale the woodpecker, Stormac the myna, and Fleydur the eagle, go on a quest to find a sword that will defeat the archaeopteryxes that ravage the world of birds.
    The characters permanently
    reside in one’s heart, as they
    have in mine.(“Sword Quest” is a
    prequel to “Swordbird”.)
    If you’re out there,Nancy,
    I’d like for you to know this-
    I am very,very,very proud of
    you for writing two glorious,
    magnificent books.

  309. Swordbird

    The characterizations of Aska, Miltin, and Turnatt were the best; how I laughed at Turnatt’s eating mannerisms and Slime-beak’s frightfulness! The movements of the birds were all true to life, bringing out just the right details to enhance the story. The alternations between narrators was clear and effective, and added depth to the story.


  310. Sword Quest

    A Great Prequel, Can’t Wait Until Next One!

    Following the enchanting Swordbird, Sword Quest is better! How interesting that this book is a prequel and can be read alone but is better when reading them in order. Nancy Yi Fan says her next book will fall between the two books sequentially so there looks like we may have another great series in the making. As a Reading teacher, my 6th graders loved this book and so did I! The way the birds become human-like characters is so interesting and engages your emotions and heart!

    — Bingo “Reader and DS Game fan”

  311. 世界文坛挥一笔那丫儿真帅



  312. Hello Nancy,
    Just writing you a letter to tell you how much I loved reading Swordbird. It is a fantastic story. It made me feel like I was actually in Stone-Run Forest. My name is Kelly and I am eight years old, going into the fourth grade. I love to read, and this is one of my favorites. I can’t wait to read SwordQuest.

  313. I just read a new book called Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan who was fourteen when the story was written! It is about cardinals and blue jays that fight but then make peace when they find a hawk is stealing all of their food and eggs. They had thought that it was each other that was the enemy. The hawk’s name is Turnatt and the hero’s name is Swordbird. A robin and blue jay work together to get a gem to call Swordbird. I really liked the book because it was an exciting adventure.


  314. The book I am reading is Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan. Swordbird is a well written book. It takes place at Stone-Run Forest. In the forest there are many tribes. The main two are the Bluewingle Tribe of the bluejays and the Sunrise Tribe of the cardinals. There is chaos between the two tribes. Both blame the other for stealing their offspring eggs and food. The leaders of each tribe decide to go to war. Flame-back the leader of the cardinals is a cunning warrior. He is strong in attack and battle formations. Skylion, the leader of the bluejays is wise and decisive. Aska, a young female bluejay is flying when she stumbles across a brave and clever robin named Milton. He is an enslaved worker at Fortress Glooming. He tells her that Turnatt, an evil hawk and his army have been stealing the cardinal and bluejay eggs all along. It is then when they realize they must team up. The cardinals and bluejays become friends again and will not rest until the blood of Turnatt is spilled and they see the downfall of his fortress, Glooming. Their only hope of seeing peace again is to have Swordbird, the mystical white bird help them. There is only one way to get him and that is with a Learsorn gem and a song from the old scripture. The bluejays and the cardinals only posess the old scripture. The gem has been lost for a very long time. To find out if they stop Turnatt from enslaving the two tribes read Swordbird. My opinion is that Swordbird is a swell book. I’ve never read anything like it. It makes me want to keep reading. After each chapter it takes another twist. I can’t wait to read the seaquel, Sword Quest.

    — sparky man

  315. Hello! I am a 13 year old who lives in alaska! I love your books! I cant begin to describe how much i love them!

  316. Nancy Fan and Swordbird

    One of the more amazing stories to come out of our town, Gainesville, Florida, this past year is the publication of the first novel in a series by thirteen year old writer, Nancy Yi Fan (“FON”). The book is called Swordbird. It’s a fantasy novel for elementary school children about important issues — good and evil, freedom, peace, and hope. It’s set in the world, as the title suggests, of birds. Recently, our correspondent, Linda Lamme, spoke with Nancy about her inspiration for the book, how she wrote it, and then how she managed to get it published. It was years of hard work, but Nancy makes it sound easy.

    by Dr. Lamme, RECESS

  317. I have just finished Sword Quest and it really inspired me to write. I’m now writing a book that I hope to get published at 11 years old! I can’t wait to read Sword Bird!!

  318. Swordbird

    Fan has such a lively, sharp imagination, evident in charming touches like the hot-air ballooning vaudeville troupe, or the way the good guys speak in quaint, spiffy wartime British.

    —Mimi Lok

  319. Nancy Yi Fan

    At age 13, Nancy Yi Fan published her first novel, “Swordbird.” In the blink of an eye, she rose to the top 10 of the New York Times. With this accomplishment, she is currently the youngest top-selling author at HarperCollins Children’s Books, and even received recognition by Oprah Winfrey on her uber-popular national television show.


  320. Swordbird should be made into a Wii game.

  321. 琛借了一本书《Swordbird》,我见封底的照片显然是一个华人女孩,遂好奇的翻看起扉页的作者简介来。

    不看不知道,一看吓一跳。作者 Nancy Yi,Fan 果然是华人女孩!!我惊异不已,上网一查,她就是华裔神童作家范祎,与琛儿同时代的孩子。

    范祎 1993 年生于北京,7 岁随父母移民美国,13 岁创作小说《剑鸟》(Swordbird),并在美国一举冲上畅销小说排行榜前十名,作品的中文版也是她自己翻译的。


    我也长了见识,得遇神童。晚间,范祎成了我们桌上的新闻人物。这倒令 MIN 想起令当年的另一个神奇女孩—-田晓菲,与我同时代的人。田晓菲,1971年生,5岁写诗,14岁直升北大,1991年在美国内布拉斯加州立大学获英国文学硕士,1998年获哈佛大学比较文学博士学位,现在哈佛任教。



  322. I think Nancy yi fan should make them into movies. I love nancy yi fan’s books.

  323. The novel Swordbird is an awesome literary work! I read it about a few days ago, and I really like the way the action in this novel, and there are extremely interesting characters! 😉

    — Elda

  324. Swordbird is a very important book. All too often books about war for kids are gruesome and depressing or silly and shallow. Not because the subject of war has to be incomprehensible, but because making the subject of war accessible to kids is not at all easy. Fan does it perfectly. Not only that, she brings it all together in a moral in the front flap:”What does fight bring us? Fear, hatred, misery and death.” By the time you finish the book you completely understand and agree with that statement.

    — Emily G.

  325. I absolutelty LOVE Sword Bird and Sword Quest.
    They are SO good! And the fact that they were written by a twelve-year-old means a lot to me since I’m eleven and pursuing my passion for writing.
    — Christa

  326. Hey! It’s Elda again.:) I would really like to say that Swordbird really brought a message of peace to the world. My message in a novel I’m writing is that determination and a bit of mystique can be found in the most unexpected places. Can’t wait to read Sword Quest! =)

  327. You are one of my favorite authors, along with Mrs. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, and Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Your book, Swordbird, is very entertaining and a bit depressing (Miltin’s tragic demise), but I loved it. I agree, peace is essential. You are my inspiration, and I thank you for writing an amusing and entertaining book, which I read for about the fifth time so far.

    —Your most devoted fan, Olivia

  328. I LOVELOVELOVE your books!!! You see, I have am in the process of writing a series of books that I haven’t exactly named *laughs* and my friends are dying for me to try and publish them. And them I’m all like, omg, I’m too young. But then I read your books and I’m RECONSIDERING woohoo. You really send the message of peace, and the little tidbits from the Old Scripture and the Book of Heresy deliver some meaning too, alothough maybe the Old Scripture more then the Book of Heresy. The Book of Heresy is for Turnatt, only he’s dead woohoo. Are you gonna write some more corresponding sequels to Swordbird and Swordquest? Cuz if you do, I would love to just read them. I mean, you’re books are awesome and the whole shebangs are suspenseful and just totally awesome!!! Awesome AWESOMEawesomeAWESOMEawesome!!!

  329. Swordbird is my favorite book, I read it because I love birds my favorite birds are the northern saw whet owl and red bellied woodpecker. I have two questions: what is your favorite bird and would you please wright a third book??
    — Alex

  330. 一位12岁的中国女孩用英文创作的中篇童话,并率先在美国出版。此书为中英文对照版。语言清新,形象生动,情节环环相扣,还包含了一些有趣的鸟类知识,是一部颇具亲和力的少年读物。

  331. Hi, I really enjoyed the story. My favorite character was Miltin. He sacrificed himself for his friends. I’m in fifth grade I hope other people enjoy this book. We have asked my librarian to put it in the library next year. We hope that next book will be just as good as the first one. Sincerely, Katelynn

  332. Awesome book… Had to wait months because everyone kept checking them out! 🙂 Love it!
    — Phoenix R.

  333. Nancy Yi Fan was inspired by some great books – Gone with the Wind, Johnny Tremain -, and she’s used those ideas in interesting ways; more of a fantasy epic. What’s amazing is that she’s only 13, a real literary prodigy. She reminds me a bit of Christopher Paolini, of the Eragon series; definitely an author to keep an eye on.

  334. Have you ever heard of the author Nancy Yi Fan? She is the author of the book Swordbird. Swordbird is a book about the Cardinals and the Blue Jays fighting each other. How did this happen? I don’t know. But they were friends before. The evil hawk Turnatt has planned this and is trying to take over the bird world. What will happen to the Blue Jays and Cardinals?

    Other Facts
    Nancy Yi Fan was only in 6th grade when she wrote this book!
    This book also has a sequel, call Sword-(something)
    Great couple pictures that are in Swordbird
    Enjoyable to read—-a must read

    By SY

  335. 读《剑鸟》有感







  336. SWORDBIRD by Nancy Yi Fan
    HarperCollins, 2007
    (Age 9+) The author was only 13 when she wrote this book and it will be an inspiration to all young writers. She has created a believable world populated by extraordinary birds. Turnatt, a red-brown hawk, has kidnapped countless birds to build Fortress Glooming. Tricking the cardinals and blue jays into believing that the other group was responsible for the disappearance of their friends, he has destabilised the bird groups and made them easy prey for his evil deeds. Only Swordbird, a mythical creature, can save the forest.

    Nancy Yi Fan vividly describes the slavery suffered at the hands of the tyrant Turnatt and sends a powerful message of peace and the power of an insignificant individual to bring about change. Her prose is compelling and the action moves along at a smart pace. Each new chapter has a thought provoking saying from the Book of Heresy or Old Scripture which gives an added dimension to the story. Illustrations by Mark Zug give intensity to the characters.

    The book should appeal to readers who enjoy animal tales like Redwall, and they could move from here to Clem Martini’s Crow Chronicles or Kenneth Oppel’s bat series. The book could be a useful tool for teachers when providing role models of young authors and their ability to write.

    –Pat Pledger

  337. Swordbird is an epic new fantasy from twelve-year-old child prodigy Nancy Yi Fan, which will be published globally by HarperCollins. An exciting and action-packed tale of birds at war, this novel shows how friendship and courage can overcome tyranny. Stone-run Forest was once a peaceful place, but suddenly the local woodbird tribes, the Cardinals and Blue Jays, find themselves at odds — precious food supplies have been stolen and fighting has broken out. Unbeknown to the woodbirds, the evil hawk Turnatt has been turning the tribes against one another as part of his evil strategy to take over the forest. He has already enslaved many captives from the surrounding tribes, who he’s been forcing to build an evil fortress in which he plans to confine all the woodbirds. And the Cardinals and Blue Jays are to be his next victims. Thanks to an escaped slavebird Miltin, the woodbirds learn of Turnatt’s strategy. But the only way to save the forest is to call on the legendary Swordbird — the heroic bird of peace. Young birds Aska and Miltin fly off on a dangerous mission to find the Leasone gem — paired with an ancient song from the Old Scripture, this is the only way to conjure Swordbird’s help. But will they return in time to save the forest, or even make it back at all…When Nancy Yi Fan was in sixth grade she learned about terrorism and September 11th. That night she had a startling dream about birds at war. And the next day she started writing Swordbird to convey her message of peace to the world.
    — FantasticFiction

  338. What book are you reading right now? well, i just finished Swordbird
    Who is the author? Nancy Yi Fan (she wrote it when she was 12!)
    What genre is it? fantasy
    How far are you in it? i just finished like 20 minutes ago
    Do you like it? yeah
    How did you find out about this book? someone was talking about it on the boards
    Who’s your favorite character? Turnatt, the villain
    Name one ship in this book. uhh… Aska and Cody. that’s like the only one
    Do you like the villian/antagonist? YEAH! My fave! He dies *sob*

  339. Sword Quest
    By Nancy Yi Fan
    2008, HarperCollins
    Young author, Nancy Yi Fan, introduces the prequel to the New York Times best-selling “Swordbird.” An enchanting story of the quest for a magical sword that will restore justice and freedom to the world is sure to entertain. This book serves as a great read for tweens and an inspiration to those with big dreams.


  340. Sword Quest

    Nifty little prequel of Swordbird, has the same message of peace. Has archeopteryxes which is mad cool. Again, very impressive for a 14 year old girl to have written!

  341. Swordbird

    The problem with young writers is that they generally think they have to be adults. Nancy Yi Fan does not have this problem. Her debut novel is poignant, touching, well-crafted and, above all else, written in a child’s voice. Her voice was what drew me into the story. I felt as if I were listening to a prodigy bard telling a tale. I could almost hear the inflections of her voice. Yes, she sounds like a child, but therein lies the book’s excellence. The complex problems of good and evil, beauty and ugliness, freedom and slavery, suffering and happiness, are all seen through the honest eyes of a child and told in a simple story. If she had tried to write like an adult, she would have lost this fragile beauty of her tale. After all, she has most of her life to be an adult, and she has wisely chosen to write as a child while she has the chance. To find a book by a child that comes so purely from the child’s soul is rarer than gemstones. Therefore, I would say that Swordbird is the finest example of a child’s writing that is in the market today. I look forward to reading more of her work and watching her mature in her craft.


  342. Swordbird

    this is the kind of book i like. kind of like the guardians of ga’hoole and warriors mixed together.

    — Logan

  343. Sword Quest

    Nancy Yi Fan is the author of New York Times Bestseller Swordbird, and she is also only 15 years old! Sword Quest, the prequel to her first book is as exciting as it is lyrical. Join fantastical characters such as Ewingerale the woodpecker scribe and Fleydur the musical eagle as they try to save their world.

    —Jessica Teel

  344. My final book recommendation is for older kids, ages 9-12. “Swordbird,” by Nancy Yi Fan, is one that several of my kids have read and enjoyed enough to anticipate the next book in the series (“Sword Quest”).

    “Swordbird” is a fantasy focusing on the life of birds, but with an anthropomorphic bent. I read the book because I like to know what interests my kids, but also because I am such a bird lover and thought it would be entertaining and it was. It is about a forest of birds in which a tyrant hawk with one eye rules the forest by enslaving little woodland birds to build him a fortress and do his bidding.

    The only hope for freedom for the poor slave songbirds is to enlist a troop of wild blue jays and cardinals (with help of the “mythical” Swordbird) to fight the bad hawk and his crow and raven soldiers. This book, written by Fan at age 13, even had me turning the pages quickly to see what was going to happen next, and it definitely spoke to my compassion for wildlife.

    –Elaine Farwell

    (Elaine Farwell is executive director of Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum in Big Flats)

  345. I liked this book. Although it seems simplistic, I think the author’s idealismis what gives us hope for better things, and it is an accurate reflection of what we can accomplish within our own communities. It helps to keep in mind that the book was probably not written for an audience of middle-aged cynics, but youth readers whose idealism and hopefulness and belief in goodness is still intact.

    The writing itself is fantastic–I’ve read many college papers and books by much older authors that can’t hold a candle to Ms. Fan’s style, variety, and readability.


  346. Swordbird

    It is such a good book!!!! How come I’m 12 and I don’t have a book published? Anyway. It’s about a kingdom of birds, and they’re all at war with each other and I can’t give away the ending! I definitely recommend this book!

    oooooooh, I LOVE swordbird!!!!! It’s about these birds who save the forest, it’s very good.

    It is am awesome book!!! You should definitly read it!!!

    Scholastic Community

  347. Swordbird

    I was intrigued by the story of Nancy Yi Fan, who wrote Swordbird in response to class discussions about war and terrorism. Reading Swordbird reminded me of my own writings in childhood. They ranged from wild to earnest, and stamped me in a deep and personal way. For many years I lost writing as a tool for making sense of the world. When I found it again in my thirties it was like coming home. There was something about the process of writing as a child, something both tactile and visceral, that grew to be part of my structure of self.

    –Uma Krishnaswami

  348. I congratulate you on your success, Nancy.

    Birds have been a big part of where I live: New Zealand. Our national mascot is the kiwi, as many would know, the bird that lays the largest egg in proportion to its body. Consequently, NZers are also dubbed as “Kiwis”. In fact, before the Europeans came along, the only warm-blooded animals in New Zealand (aside from the bat) were birds. Sadly, with the arrival of Europeans and the introduction of mammels such as the dog and the rat, many of these birds became extinct. Nevertheless, birds remain part of NZ’s heritage and we must protect them.

    My personal contact with birds would be when I used to go to the botanical gardens and, using bread, coax the sparrows into the palm of my hand. At first, they would be hesitant, some skittering around the safety of the rose thorns around me, or glancing at a wary distance. But then the brave and the bold would emerge – sometimes three or four sparrows would be scrambling to keep balance in my hand, all in the name of some bread crumbs. I look at their spindly little legs and black eyes… and to think how easy of it is to close my hand and capture them. They know this, and I know this, but nevertheless, they are here on trust, bravery, and perhaps a little greed.

    I may be a mere observer of birds, admirer, and occasional feeder, but it’s still a great feeling, holding wild birds in your hand. They are beautiful creatures.

    I think Swordbird is a lovely book; in fact, it is the first book I bought with my own money. Like every young person, I have too, aspired to become a writer and although this remains unforfilled, I rejoice that you have shown the way.

    I wish you every best thing for the future. Keep writing.

    Fly well.

  349. Dear Miss Yi Fan

    Goodluck with your books. I really liked Swordbird. My teacher read it to us at school.

    Yours sincerely,
    Ben (7 years)

  350. to nancy:
    how I LOVE your books! You have been my inspiration to write a book (that i didn’t publish yet). i heard your next book is swordmountain. Good luck on your third book!
    ~amina, animal-lover.

  351. Hello! I am 10. I wish to be a writer like you!

    Swordbird was amazing. The words that wove it were very profound, and every time I read it I get lost in it and it is as if I’m right there, next to Flame-back, Cody, Aska, Miltin, and all the other characters!

    Can’t wait to get Sword Quest.

    See you later in the sky!

  352. I am a Middle School Language Arts teacher and this was our summer read. I enjoyed the book. It is written by a 12 year old girl. She wrote it as her response to a dream she had following 9/11. Some of the kids did not enjoy it. It is a classic good vs. evil book.

  353. Swordbird

    If you read sword quest, then this book will make more sense. Just thought you might want to know.

    Sword Quest

    Although the beginning was a little confusing, this is a really good book.


  354. Nancy, you must be a great writer, I will have to read your books. International Best selling Author, straight A student, your books Swordbird and Sword Quest, I would like to read them. You say they convey message of Peace.
    — Norma

  355. Dear Nancy,

    I think your hard-work and wisdom really payed off. It is a best selling hit . Your two heartwarming stories are spectacular. I think you are correct if you have a dream you want to acheive you can acheive it. I really love the stories. You should have great pride to be one of the youngest authors.

    A fan of yours, Sadia A. , age 9

    P.S. I think your books have inspired many readers.

  356. 《剑鸟》

  357. E H R:

    Hi everyone! Hope you all are fairing well! I want to share something with you guys that really sparked my inspiration in a major way! It makes me want to go after my dream of being a children’s writer even more. I had some free time Friday evening and I watched Oprah, it was a good show, the program was about the most talented kids in the world. There was this young 14 year old Asian girl named Nancy Yi Fan who’s a writer. She has 2 of her books on the New York Times Bestseller list, Sword Bird and Sword Quest. She is a very talented young girl! She really inspired me! To be that young with that kind of talent! It amazes me! She was amazing! I plan on buying her 2 books and reading them for myself. I know they will be a great inspiration to me and give me the kick I need to keep going!

    To know there are kids out there putting their God given talents to work in such positive ways is so wonderful! What they do will hopefully inspire others to do the same! I know I will! Well, I just wanted to share that with you all. I wish everyone of you all the best and many blessings, successes, and happy writing to you always! And hats off to Nancy Yi Fan for her success!


    Thanks for a great suggestion. I am also always looking for new work to read and inspire me. Watching and listening to children has always been helpful, but actually reading the work of a young person, that will be amazing!


    Thank you for sharing that E H R. It really is inspiration when you read things like that.


    I think it’s so cool, too, that she herself actually queried publishers and submitted her work in the normal way, when she was only 12. It’s not like her parents sent her manuscript to a vanity publisher or anything like that–Harper Collins really picked her out of the slush! (Well, not slush, exactly, since Harper Collins doesn’t accept unsolicited submissions; but whoever read her email saw the promise in her writing, anyway.)

    E H R:

    I agree with you guys! She is truly an exceptional young lady with a whole lot of promise, and tremendous talent, and I wish her all the best! I would love to be able to interview her and hear what inspires her to write. That would definately be an inspiration to me!

    Blessings, successes, and happy writing to you all!


    Well, I don’t know if you could interview her, but you might check out her website; it has lots of interviews and articles, and a link to her tips for writers:


    That is awesome, I think the best thing about her books, especially for me, would be to see what the 12-14 year old mind thinks and wants to read. Inspiration is right and also works as research and just simply a good read. Thanks for sharing the info E H R, I didn’t hear that until today.


    Thank you for the link to her website, Kate. Looks like it is well worth checking out.



    That is so inspirational to see such a young girl publish not one but two best sellers. Thank you for posting that. Kate thank you for posting the web link. The story she wrote in fifth grade is quite good.

  358. I just started reading your book Swordbird, and I really like it so far. I heard about it in an American Girl Magazine a number of years ago, and I just now remembered to check it out and read it! I’m very inspired by your accomplishment.

    —Anna W.

  359. My 9 year old son LOVED this book. He thought it was so good that he convinced me to read it. It is very creative and an exciting story.


  360. I just finished this book for a book report at my school.I’ve read lots of books by young authors but never have they ever come close to Sword Bird. Nancy Yi Fan did a great job for her first book. I was atracted by the cover I mean who would think of making a book for fighting birds.The world needs to read this book because now we need peace.

    — A kid’s review from Amazon

  361. I’ve just finished reading Sword Quest. I LOVE it!!!
    It’s even better than my favorite Swordbird.

    — Dk

  362. LOVE IT!!! I think she was 12 when she wrote the book, but maybe she’s 14 now. But yeah, it’s a great book! I suggest it to people who haven’t read it!

  363. Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan

    Who’s stealing from the Bluewingle and Sunrise tribes? The blue jays and cardinals of Stone-Run suspect each other and are ready to go to war together of the loss of berries, nuts, and worst of all, their own eggs. But what these former friends don’t know is that their troubles are actually the fault of the evil hawk Turnatt and his band of crow and raven soldiers, who want to capture the woodland birds and make them into slaves. Will the birds of Stone-Run realize what’s going on in time?
    Recommended for: Readers of the Redwall and Guardian of Ga’Hoole series
    Comment: Did you know that Nancy Yi Fan wrote this book when she was 12?! That really makes this book an interesting one to read. Maybe you, too, could write a story so fascinating.

    —Nancy H. Wood

  364. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    My name is Lynsey Jenkins. I am fourteen and three-quarters years of age and live in Florida with my mother and two sisters. The other day I was browsing the internet and I just happened to stumble upon a webpage about you. And the last few days of really taking a good look at your book has made me think. You see – I am the author of a book that has yet to be discovered. And when I heard about you I thought “Wow. If she can do it, then so can I.” I try hard to be inspired by the little things in life and dig down deep in my soul to write. With each new character that I add, I feel something different. Adding things that I can relate to has also helped. The last few years of my life have been nothing but torture and agony. But, I learned from it. If those terrible things had never happened to me, I wouldn’t be who I am today. You truly inspire me – writing a great novel at such a young age is touching to so many. Especially a fellow writer. You are definetely an artist. It will be a great thing for everyone if you continue to write.
    A friend, a fan, an apiring novelist
    Lynsey J.

  365. Sword Quest

    Nancy, I really like your book, but when I read SwordQuest I thought it was very intertaining but It did take a long time for Wind-voice to find the sword. I was on the last page until he realy became swordbird, why did you wait until the last page to make the birds finish there quest? Shouldn’t you write a few pages after it to give the reader a bit of understanding about what swordbird really does with his knew rank?

    — Celipsow Waters

  366. Swordbird

    I really liked Swordbird Nancy, I like the hawk, even though a classic villain, exciting and evil. I am currently working on my own book about animals but a bit more realistic. I am a writer and as one I think that you should be proud, writing and getting published is no easy thing. Keep up the good work girl, you never know what will happen. And to all young writers out there, it was hard getting publish and I was turned down many a time. Never give up even if people say its junk. Just revise and try again, don’t let’ em beat you.

    — H. Black

  367. Sword Quest

    It’s an epic tail of Wind-voice, half dove. He realizes that there is more in life than just freedom but do also have love, companionship and to defeat greed. He gets the sword ad brings peace to the world. Nancy Yi Fan was spreading Buddha’s message, saying that greed is not the answer and it will only lead to trouble.

    —Pavani A

  368. Swordbird

    Liked It

    A very good (albeit short) book. It was a surprise to learn that the author was only 12 when she wrote this. There are bits of the book where it becomes obvious in hindsight, but, the book still contains lots of elements that are typically far beyond a child. Like Tolkien and C.S. Lewis there’s even a bit of religious influence in parts that doesn’t normally suit a child’s writing. I could go on a larger tangent about the writing quality, but, that’s not really what people want to…


  369. Swordbird

    This is a really good book-you should read it!!!!!!
    — kelsey w

    Good book! like how big birds trick little birds!
    — daniel l

  370. Swordbird

    Great is all I can say. Nancy is going to be a great writer when she grows up.

    –Jyoti D

  371. Swordbird

    This book was very violent, which i liked. What I didn’t like was the fact that some of my favorite characters died. This book was written by a 12 year old girl.She did a very good job.

    — chandler t

  372. Dear Nancy,

    I loved Swordbird, and my dad is going to buy me Swordquest soon.
    I was wondering if you would be okay with the idea of me writing my own novel,
    about animals – but not birds! if you feel it I’m violating your rights or copying or something similar,
    you can say so, no hard feelings.

    I am Flame-back’s biggest fan!

    — JACLIN

  373. Sword Quest

    Sword Quest was an amazing prequel to your charming debut. The story wove through hard times; but glory came with it, and the courage of Windvoice when he had fearless allies, and despite all hardship, he became the hero Swordbird in the end. A splendid work altogether.


  374. I am a HUGE fan of you. Even though I only read Swordbird, I am planning to read Sword Quest.

    Thanks for encouraging me to be more interested in animals from your books.

    — Pearl Z.

  375. 我真的没有想到,一个12岁中国女孩的作品能对孩子有如次大的触动。当老公从孩子奶奶家把她接回来的时候,她非常激动地敲打着门,大声喊到“妈妈!妈妈!快开门,快开门,看我的书已经写到第三章了!”我急忙打开门,只见她又蹦又跳,从书袋里拿出了她的书稿,兴高采烈地朗读给我听。
    顷刻间 ,我才明白了为什么孩子那么喜欢到书店,对课外书有那么浓厚的兴趣。明天,我准备把孩子的书发表在我的博客上,希望专家给予指教。


  376. I really liked Swordbird Nancy, I like the hawk, even though a classic villain, exciting and evil. I am currently working on my own book about animals but a bit more realistic. I am a writer and as one I think that you should be proud, writing and getting published is no easy thing. Keep up the good work girl, you never know what will happen. And to all young writers out there, it was hard getting publish and I was turned down many a time. Never give up even if people say its junk. Just revise and try again, don’t let’ em beat you.

    — H. Black

  377. Whew, you’ve given me some inspiration for my book. I’m currently in 5th grade and preparing to write one, thanks a lot for writing your story. It’s really given me something to elaborate on. Thanks again 😀

    –Richard L.

  378. Swordbird is an incredible story of an epic fantasy world woven by author Nancy Yi Fan. It features many compelling elements such as the old scripture sayings, the characters, and overall, a moral worth remembering. You would never guess that it was written by a twelve year old. Swordbird is an inspiration to thousands of young people all over the world. Swordbird has provided inspiration to me, a young writer as well, to continue working on my book, which is entitled The Monstrous Snowglobe.
    Brilliant work!

    — Kelly Martinez

  379. Sword Quest

    i learned to respect our elders and never argue with them.i recommend this book to be better than sword bird.

  380. A 14-year-old author with a best-selling book on the New York Times BestSeller List?

    Yes, it’s true, and Nancy Yi Fan seems never to have lost her love for literature or her focus at doing something well.

    Her books, Swordbird and its prequel Swordquest, have created a very favorable response among writers and reviewers and readers everywhere.

    —Blog of the
    Two Hands Approach to the English Language

  381. Sword Quest

    Great prequel to her first book, Swordbird. Written by a 14 year old!!

    — Mozzarella L

  382. My favorite book this year would be… a tie between Swordbird and the Warriors series. I have to say, if Swordbird was written by a kid my age, Miss Yi Fan is pretty good! But Warriors was a really good series, too. I’m really hooked into that.


  383. Swordbird

    Imagine you live in a world of birds, of flight, of complete freedom. Imagine an evil hawk comes along and tries to steal your freedom and make you his slave. Imagine being caught up in a pointless, bloody war, for which your family and loved ones are sacrificing their lives.

    Well, that’s a lot of imagining to do, but with the help of Nancy Yi Fan, the amazing twelve-year-old author of Swordbird, it becomes an enthralling learning experience. Fan makes you laugh and cry with the birds and you feel like your life depends on bringing this war to an end.

    Swordbird is a very important book. All too often books about war for kids are gruesome and depressing or silly and shallow. Not because the subject of war has to be incomprehensible, but because making the subject of war accessible to kids is not at all easy. Fan does it perfectly. Not only that, she brings it all together in a moral in the front flap: “What does fighting bring us? Fear, hatred, misery and death.” By the time you finish the book you completely understand and agree with that statement.

    The book tells the tale of two flocks of birds, the Cardinals and the Blue Jays. They have been peaceful friends for decades. Suddenly they see their eggs being stolen by what they identify as each other. After a bloody war ensues, they realize that it is an evil hawk, Slimebeak, who is stealing. He is hoping they will fight each other so that he can capture them without them standing up for one another. Then he plans to enslave all of them and become king of the forest. The two flocks become friends again and join in a fight for freedom. Soon they realize that all that can save them is the mythical hero and king of peace, Swordbird. United, the Blue Jays and Cardinals send two birds, Aska and Miltin, on a quest for the stone that must be present to summon Swordbird.

    The gentle blue jay, Aska, was my favorite character. She was living in a war-torn world and yet she was the heroine of the story, she was strong and resolute, she went on the key mission and saved the day. I really felt for her and cried for her when the brave robin, her love, Miltin, died, and it was because of her that I was really engaged in the book. I think Aska is a perfect role model because she is so good and kind in all ways.

    I, however, found it confusing how new characters just kept coming. I thought that only half of them really needed to be there and I thought the extras just made it more complicated for me. I think the book would have been better with only the main characters and a few extras.

    Swordbird is a magical book, a real page-turner, and though I won’t spoil the end I’ll tell you it’s really satisfying. Fan says that the book is supposed to convey her feelings about terrorism and September 11. She says that she was in the towers of the World Trade Center a month before they were destroyed and that it made a very big impression on her. You can definitely see that in the book, though it is set in a fantasy world.

    As Fan is a not a native English speaker and she is only twelve years old, it has inspired me, and I think it will inspire more kids, to see that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

    by Emily Gordis, age 10,
    Berkeley, California

  384. Dear Nancy,

    I truly love your books! My friends and I love your writing, and I’m looking forward to becoming an author, so reading is a good way to start.

    I’m nine years old in fourth grade. I first read Swordbird in third grade, and I read Sword Quest over the summer. I play the violin and I love writing stories.

    One of the reasons I love your books is that you make everything seem so real. I don’t care if you think I’m crazy, but I truly believe that everything in your books could come true. I mean, my friend once told me, “Animals can understand us; it’s just that we can’t understand animals.”

    I really, really, REALLY, REALLY hope that you will write another book. PLEASE do.

    Thank you SO MUCH for everything. You’ve encouraged me so much through your books.



    At school

  385. Swordbird

    As the work of a truly gifted child it is extraordinary — any middle-school teacher would be thrilled to have a student do work like this.

    — Matt Berman

  386. You write very well.

  387. Swordbird

    Inspirational !

    This book was one of the first books I read in no time flat. best book I say.


  388. thank you so much for introducing me to this incredible series.

    from wikipedia about the prequel swordquest:
    “…a golden eagle, exiled from its tribe because of his belief that music can bring joy and healing to the world”

    — b_squad

  389. Hi Nancy.

    I am an eight year old girl living in Elmore, Ohio. You are my favorite author. I read every single bit of Swordbird twice, and was sad when I finished your book because it was so good. It was hard to put down. You inspired me to write a book.
    I look forward to reading Sword Quest and Sword Mountain!


  390. 读《剑鸟》有感

    江苏靖江外国语学校五(1)班 王启凡

    鸟儿 ,是大自然的精灵。鸟儿,是和平与自由的象征。






  391. 与《剑鸟》一起飞翔的女孩

    信丰县西牛中学八(1)班 张 鹏 指导老师:张小云

    主持人:Hi! 大家好!欢迎收看《魅力少年》,我是非著名主持人豆豆。今天,我看到台下同学几乎人人都拿了一本书,是什么书啊?





    主持人:好,让我们请出《剑鸟》的作者范祎和王教授!(音乐起)你好,范 ,你好,王教授。
















  392. It is inspiring to see that somebody as young as yourself is able to publish a book.

    I just think that it is so impressive that you have done this, actually finishing and publishing two books. Very impressive indeed, and then looking over the list of bestselling lists that it landed on… wow. I can only hope that something like that happens to me in the future.


  393. 最近看了一位美国小女孩写的小说《剑鸟》,觉得还不错,因为富有想象力,很好,而且是中英文同步的,所以对我学习英文有好处啊。

    — 龙女之声

  394. Not far outside of Stone-Run Forest an evil bird, Lord Turnatt, is gaining power. He’s using slavebirds to build a fortress. And his thieving has caused the Cardinal and Blue Jay tribes to declare war on each other, even though they’ve been friends for a very long time. Little do the Cardinals and Blue Jays know that a much worse enemy is preparing an attack.

    If the Cardinals and Blue Jays are going to survive, they’ll need to work together. With help from unexpected friends, escaped prisoners, and the mythical Swordbird, they just might make it through, and defeat Lord Turnatt. It will take the talents and abilities of many to overpower evil. But if they can discover how to call Swordbird, they know they can survive.

    SWORDBIRD is an animal adventure that’s not just good versus evil, it’s about faith and friendship, too. This book is fun and easy for younger kids, especially since the author is (or was when she wrote it) a twelve-year-old girl!

    — TeensReadToo

  395. Nancy Yi Fan is a wonderful inspiration!!!

    I loved Swordbird, and I especially was impressed with the author. She inspired me to write my own fantasy book, so I’m working on it. If she can do it, I can do it!

    Reader from Barnes and Noble

  396. I loved your book, Swordbird. it’s one of those books that leaves you feeling good when you finish it.

    — Jennifer G.

  397. An interview with Nancy Yi Fan

    Q. In your essay for Secrets of the Dragon Riders you write about the use of anthropomorphic animals in fiction, like dragons in Paolini’s books and birds in your own. If you could have an anthropomorphic pet what would it be? What human characteristics would it have?

    A: I would have a miniature griffin-like creature, who’d canter around on my desk as I write. He’d have white fur and feathers, with black letters of the alphabet speckled over it, and because he’d eat wood he’d keep my pencils sharp. My pet would speak, of course, and wear little reading glasses. “What happens next in the story?” he would often say.

    Q. What is your all-time favorite anthropomorphic character?

    A: I love Charlotte the spider, from Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White.

    Q. The average ten-year-old isn’t sitting at home starting a novel. How did you end up starting on such a big project?

    A: The idea for Swordbird came from a number of places. I was inspired by the woods near my home and my love for birds. I had also been learning about different wars in my history classes. I had visited the World Trade Center several months before 9/11, so that experience affected me as well. One night when I was in fifth grade, all of these things whirled into a strange dream, of birds in old-fashioned clothing battling one another, and of a huge white bird with a sword. When I woke up, I wanted to write about the dream as a story, as a way of expressing the importance of peace and freedom.

    Q. How did the teachers and kids at school react to you becoming a bestselling author?

    A: They congratulated me. My classmates asked me to sign their copies of my books after class. People kept coming up to me in the hallway to exclaim, “You’re the one who wrote the book!”

    Q. Have your parents always been supportive of your writing?

    A: They are always very supportive, and they make sure I get enough rest. They help me find a balance between schoolwork, writing, and extracurricular activities.

    Q. What are your plans after high school? Do you want to continue writing?

    A: I plan to attend a university and study literature. No matter what I will do or become when I’m older, I’ll always write!

    Q. Your Web site mentions that you practice martial arts and love birds. Obviously, your interest in birds shows in your writing. Do you think your martial arts background is reflected in your writing as well?

    A: Yes. In fact, I started practicing martial arts because of writing Swordbird. I became a disciple of a martial arts master for a few weeks to find out what it is like to wield a sword, so I could describe scenes of battle better. From this, I learned that the ultimate meaning of martial arts is to prevent violence and to keep peace. This is a recurring theme in my books.

    Q. What are you working on right now?

    A: I am working on Sword Mountain, a sequel to Sword Quest. It’s about a royal family of eagles and what happens when the disowned son of the eagle king returns from exile.

    Q. If you could tell us to read one book this year (other than yours, of course!), what would it be?

    A: Brisingr!

    — Teen Libris

  398. REALLY interesting plot and storyline–congrats on the publishing of your books!! You should be really proud.

    — Nimra

    You’r just like 13 and you’ve made a title! That’s just amazing!


    I would like to congratulate you on the publication of your two books. They really were quite amazing and prompted me to continue writing. Thank you!

    — Lena

  399. Let me start off by saying that I love the work in Swordbird! I am an aspiring author.

    I originally saw you on the Today show when I was twelve-years-old. The interview was concerning Swordbird. I thought that it was absolutely amazing how you’d drawn all of the pictures within the book, and then gotten it published as well! Truth be told, when I saw the interview I was amazingly inspired to write my own novels.


  400. Swordbird was a great novel written by a great person. Overall I loved swordbird.

    — Will

  401. Sword Quest

    This is a prequel to “Swordbird”. This first book was written by a young 12 year old girl. Excellent!! She is now 14 and now has this second book. I came across a couple sentences that sounded like a young girl, but the adventure was wonderful and a great fantasy for those that love them. It has been check out by several students that have asked if she has written other books.
    The story takes place in the forest. Several species of birds have lived in peace for many generations until now. One group wants to rule the world. Can Wind-voice and his valiant companions save the future of their world? Read and see.
    — Pat

  402. I loved your book Swordbird. Your book inspired me to write more of my books.



    Who knew birds had their own Arthurian legend to speak of? At least that is what SWORD QUEST by Nancy Yi Fan seems to be. Wind-Voice leaves slavery through a number of miraculous escapes in search of a magical sword, one that can only be wielded by a great hero. He meets many good friends along the way, and narrowly evades capture and death at the “wing” of his enemies. Encrypted jewels throughout the world lead Wind-Voice and his companions to the island where the sword is kept. Hopefully, he will make it in time to save the sword before the evil Maldeor gets to it first! This is a prequel to Swordbird, and great for 4th grade and up.


  404. Swordbird

    I’ve read Swordbird twice over the two years its been published, and I deem it a good book because it left me feeling good. What drew me in the most was how truthfully she (Nancy Yi Fan) speaks as a child -THAT was the best part for me. It’s so naive it’s almost her style, in the way fairy tales can never be. Plus, I do think that her writing is simple and humorous, and her characters make me laugh at their quirkiness. I think she’ll mature into a children author who churns out stories for a whole family to enjoy. Her books right now are more fairy-tale like, not complex, nor original, but rich with moral feeling, maybe weak plot for now.I’d love to get a copy of Swordquest to read to see how she has advanced.


  405. dear nancy I love your book so much. It has so much meaning and i too was super sad when 9 11 happened. I was personally hurt for my uncle richy died that day for our country as a firefighter and i miss him very much. now my cousins arre in the air force and just got back from the war. I miss them so much. They are home and save but i dont get to see them that much. I hope you have a blessed thanksgiving and again i love your book. your fan Shannon

  406. This book was great I couldn’t put it down. The book is about two tribes of birds the cardinals and the blue jays save birds all around the world by calling Swordbird a great mythical creature in a old old book. A hawk was taking over the whole world getting slave birds and soldiers. Can the good birds stop him? find out in the book Swordbird. I gave it four hearts because the beginning was hard to understand but as you get closer to the middle it gets really good.

    — Alena

  407. 网球书评——剑鸟的童话


  408. 读《剑鸟》有感

    一小 五年三班 林思源








  409. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    I love your book “Swordbird”. It’s awesome. I’m going to read the sequel because it was so good.

    I have two questions for you. First, in the sequel, does it say why Cody and Aska are getting married? An if not, why are they getting married? And second, what is your favorite bird? Mine is a bluejay.

    I can’t wait to read “Sword Quest”. I know it is going to be good.

    Your #1 fan,


  410. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    I read your book Swordbird and I absolutely loved the book, I liked the bluejays more than cardinals because I think bluejays look nicer. I liked how some crows were smart like Shadow, and how Slime-beak was always messing up.

    When you wrote the book, how’d you feel about all of the characters and their personalities? In Sword Quest, did you keep the same characters?

    I haven’t read Sword Quest and I really want to. WHich book is your favorite?



  411. Dear Ms. Fan,

    I loved your book Swordbird. I thought it was neat how you saw peace through birds. I learned that people weren’t the only living things that fight. I also liked the names of all the characters. I’m going to get Sword Quest. I just know it will be great.

    Your number 1 fan,

    Benjamin Z.

  412. Swordbird

    It was really nice for me to read this book especially because it was written by someone so young and is very good. The author did a great job making the characters (who are birds) very anthropromorphic.


  413. Sword Quest

    This is a prequel to “Swordbird”. This first book was written by a young 12 year old girl. Excellent!! She is now 14 and now has this second book. I came across a couple sentences that sounded like a young girl, but the adventure was wonderful and a great fantasy for those that love them. It has been check out by several students that have asked if she has written other books.
    The story takes place in the forest. Several species of birds have lived in peace for many generations until now. One group wants to rule the world. Can Wind-voice and his valiant companions save the future of their world? Read and see. Written on a 4/5 reading level.

    — Pat

  414. Nancy Yi Fan (Swordbird series): This girl, who happens to be younger than me, published a great series. A shout out to her.

    –Bettina Levy

  415. Dear Nancy,

    Hi there! I am Stargazer, a secondary school student in Hong Kong. It was by chance that I saw your book in the South China Morning Post’s book winning page. Actually I won a copy of your Swordbird and read it in an hour’s time. The story is really fantastic, it brought me into the life of a bird and I’m imagining that I’m one of them.

    Well, I myself wanna write a book someday and I’m still thinking about the story, what you had done encourages me and I’ll try to finish my book soon after the A-levels. Hope to make friends with you.

    — Stargazer

  416. 《剑鸟》


    封面上红色的鸟叫 cardinal,是美国Ohio的州鸟(state bird),还有一个州也是把cardinal做为state

    蓝色的鸟是blue jay


    everyone – everybird
    ladies and gentlemen – ladies and gentlebirds…





    — Liang Xiaofang

  417. Swordbird was full of adventure and fun. I loved the names she used (Turnatt, Fame-back) and the way the birds fought with pie, soup and nuts….it just shows how, if you have the courage, you can fight – and conquer – anyone with anything.

    I was on the tips of my toes the whole way though…

    Well done, Nancy!!!!

  418. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    My name is Skye and I am twelve years old. As I am writing to you, I am listening to your podcast… well, it has just finished.

    There are a few reasons that I am writing to you.

    Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on your amazing, best-selling books, ‘Swordbird’ and ‘Sword Quest’. I received both as a Christmas present this year, and I cannot describe how excited – how ecstatic – I was
    when I peeled back the wrapping of my first gift and saw them! I am in the process of writing a novel at the moment. I had become totally
    uninspired, until I heard about you. I did some research and soon found your website. Soon I had joined the chatroom and I chat
    regularly to other young writers.

    Secondly, as I mentioned in the previous paragraph, I am writing a novel. The
    day I first entered your site and read about you, I managed to complete a chapter I had been struggling to finish for months.

    Thirdly, I am wondering how far you are in writing your third book ‘Sword Mountain’. Have you finished your first draft? How many books
    about the ‘birdworld’ to you plan to write?

    Good luck, and thank you again for giving the world such inspirational a book.


    Skye M.

  419. 13 歲 女 童 出 書 創 下 出 版 界 神 話

    來 自 北 京 , 只 有 13 歲 的 女 童 范 禕 , 今 年 3 月 在 美 國 出 版 第 1 本 小 說 。

    范 禕 7 歲 時 隨 父 母 移 民 美 國 , 現 時 在 美 國 一 家 小 學 就 讀 , 她 在 10 歲 開 始 動 筆 寫 名 為 《 劍 鳥 》 ( Swordbird ) 的 英 文 小 說 , 至 13 歲 完 成 , 全 書 共 20 萬 字 。 《 劍 鳥 》 甫 推 出 , 即 登 上 《 紐 約 時 報 》 暢 銷 兒 童 小 說 排 行 榜 十 大 , 被 形 容 為 出 版 界 之 奇 蹟 。 范 禕 更 在 半 年 便 自 行 把 將 小 說 翻 譯 成 中 文 , 她 這 種 年 紀 便 具 備 雙 語 寫 書 能 力 , 被 中 國 出 版 商 視 為 神 童 。

    這 位 13 歲 的 年 青 作 家 范 禕 接 受 媒 體 訪 問 時 非 常 謙 虛 。 她 表 示 , 「 我 希 望 這 本 書 會 為 大 家 帶 來 鼓 勵 , 像 我 年 紀 這 麼 小 也 是 可 以 出 書 , 沒 什 麼 是 不 可 能 的 。 大 家 應 該 追 求 夢 想 , 我 認 為 什 麼 都 有 可 能 發 生 , 大 家 都 可 以 是 天 才 。 」

    李 建 安 (13歲 )

  420. Hi! My name’s Abi, and I’m 10 yrs. old. I love your books!!!

  421. Hello Nancy,

    My 10 year old daughter Ashley loves your books and also loves birds and adores her pet parakeet Alex.

    — Karen S.

  422. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    Ni hao! I’m Nancy Wang and I read your book Swordbird, I love it! I’m hoping to purchase the book Swordquest soon, though it might be difficult since I’m in China–yeah, I live in China. You see,
    I used to live in America until the summer of 2007, then my family and I moved to China to learn Chinese, quite the opposite situation for you.

    Nancy Wang

  423. Swordbird

    This book is exciting! I love the way that the young writer made this book so intense! I was amazed at what that girl did.
    To me, she made a better book then some adult book’s I’ve read. The whole book gets your attention and takes you on a trip that you could never think of. I do think that the book could do with fewer characters in it… They are hard to keep track of …But it is still an awesome book!

    —Michele E

  424. Swordbird

    This a book every one should read!!!
    It was really good!!!

    — Louis V

  425. Hi Nancy,

    You and your books have been such an inspiration! I love how unique and vivid they are. Please don’t ever stop writing them! 😀

  426. Sword Quest

    Nancy Yi Fan’s Sword Quest details the amazing adventure of how the main character, 013-Unidentified the captive, embraces his identity and fully becomes Wind-voice then ultimately Swordbird, the hero to all of birdkind.
    Overall, I think that Ms. Yi Fan did an awesome job of detailing how a combination of hope and acts of kindness within friendships and communities can bring forth strength through the face of adversity and hardship. For example, I believe that Wind-voice personifies hope and justice. One can see this through the very first thing he did out of his own free will in Sword Quest: Upon meeting another bird in bondage, later known to be Ewingerale, Wind-voice who was then still known as 013-Unidentified, risked further punishment by doing whatever he could to save his new friend. Wind-voice was also very active in seeking justice for birdkind and not just for his immediate friends. One could clearly see this in the way that Wind-voice adamantly tried to do whatever he could for every bird’s sake before the coming of an expected hero. In the book, a hero was expected to save birdkind from the empire of the oppressive Archaeopteryxes, and even before Wind-voice knew about the prophesy, he was already doing whatever he could to make a difference. Upon learning of the expected hero, however, Wind-voice never stopped hoping for a better life devoid of the Archaeopteryxes’ repressive rule. I also believe that Ewingerale personified hope but in a different way, through that of utilizing knowledge and understanding for the greater good.
    The importance of displaying acts of kindness was also highly underlined in this book through everything what Wind-voice, Ewingerale, Fleydur, Kari, Rhea, and even Dubto did. There were many others that displayed acts of kindness, including Gwendeleine and many others; but without all of these acts of kindness combined, the general feeling of hope that radiated throughout the different rebelling tribes wouldn’t have been as unifying as it turned out to be.
    With a strong base of hope unifying, forming, and strengthening the friendships of those oppressed by the Archaeopteryxes first through Hungrias and then Maldeor, a whole community working towards a world of peace was formed. Thus, I believe that a great example of unification was displayed through Sword Quest by illustrating the importance of communities and the large impact that they have on their members and the lives of their member’s friends.
    Finally, I also think it would be important to mention another message that Ms. Yi Fan presents through her well-written book and that is the importance of one’s embracing their identity, talents and gifts and the act of using them for the better good. One could clearly see this in the way that Fleydur embraced his impeccable talent of entertaining through music and dance and his later utilizing them to help Wind-voice get a long in his travels without being detected by the Archaeopteryxes. Fleydur’s embracing his gifts was very important, because he stayed true to his true self despite being disowned by his father and his family. Ewingerale is also an example of this, because he utilized the great gift of knowledge that he had in every situation in order to help birdkind; his teaching Wind-voice how to read avish contributed a great deal to their cause, and his quick thinking enabled Fleydur to regain the hope in his heart for birdkind. Stormac also utilized his gifts for the benefit of his people despite the doubts that he had in his heart for there being freedom for birdkind. Last of all, all one has to do is take a look at Wind-voice’s own life to see this example displayed through his using his physical and inner strengths to fight against the tactics of fear and oppression that were frequently launched out against him and the rest of birdkind.

    — K. Nam

  427. Swordbird

    This book has good cliffhangers from chapter to chapter, captivating my interest in the outcome of the story. Also, the character development of each character was impressive and each bird’s distinct personalities enhanced the attachment to the story.

    — Laura M.

  428. Swordbird

    I thought that this book was great and I really enjoyed reading it. I actually read the whole thing in one sitting because I could not put it down and it is exactly the kind of story that I enjoy reading. There are many things about this book I like that it is hard to decide where to begin. First off one thing that I found very interesting was about how the whole book was about birds rather than people. I know that in China birds are very symbolical and that is definitely portrayed in this book. I really like how the different types of birds all had different traits such as how the cardinals where stronger, but also slower than the blue jays. I also thought that the blue jays were a little bit smarter than the cardinals because of the way that they fought and used their speed to their advantage. Also the leader of the blue jays, Glenagh was very smart and was the only one who could translate the ancient texts to call on Swordbird. Also the crows were naturally evil as were the ravens. One thing that I think that this book sort of represents is the splitting up of China between the communist and nationalist were fighting each other even though they were all Chinese. But you later come to find out that the reason they were fighting was actually because they were being tricked by the crows and ravens, and their leader Turnatt and his army the whole time. I think that this kind of represents when the communist and the nationalist were fighting each other but their real enemy was Japan. The cardinals and the blue jays had to work together to defeat the crows just like the communist and nationalist had to work together to defeat Japan. Another allusion in the story I think has to do with Miltin and his twon of robins from the waterthorn tribe. He had to go to his town to get the Leasorn gem to save the forest birds. This I think is supposed to represent how China was saved by the United State from Japan and the Leasorn gem represents the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima and defeated Japan. Because just like the forest birds would have survived even after working together without the Leasorn gem to summon Swordbird, Japan probably would have defeated China if the United States did not drop the atomic bomb. I don’t know if that is what this book is meant to represent but I think it could be.
    Another thing that I really liked about this book is theme of freedom and peace. I really like how not only did the author actually use the freeing of the slaves to represent freedom but also the birds in general. To quote part of the book which is from the “Old Scripture”, it says “birds are born to have to wings; wings are symbols for freedom.” I really enjoyed the way the author used the birds as symbols of freedom. I also just really enjoyed the way the book was put together and mythology of Swordbird and it was really exciting to see him finally come and save the forest birds at the end. Overall I thought this was a great book and I really enjoyed reading it and I think they should make a movie or something out of it if they always haven’t because it is a great story for kids and teaches a lot of good lessons about life.

    — Alex H.

  429. Sword Quest

    I must admit that I was skeptical of how a story about birds at war with each other could have much essence of Chinese culture. However, my skepticism quickly died. Nancy Yi Fan’s Sword Quest contains several Chinese elements. The key and more obvious elements that I was able to find are the importance of family, nonviolence, Yin and Yang and the belief in good and bad spirits.
    A major Chinese element in Sword Quest is the importance of family, as shown by the eagles. Though I do not know all that I wish to know about my parents’ culture, the importance of family is permanently drilled into my head. One of the quotes from the Old Scripture describes this importance well; “One of the hardest things to break is the tie of family”. However, Fan takes this key belief and goes a step forward by challenging it. One of the main characters, a former prince of the eagles, Fleydur, had to choose between what he know to be the right thing to do and the people he loved more than himself. In the end, he chose to do the right thing and did not regret it. However, the pain of separation from his family after so long is evident. Fan also takes it a step further when Wind-voice proclaims his companions his brothers, as if they were a true blood-related family.
    The most obvious Chinese element is Yin and Yang. Its most obvious appearance is when the robin uses a tapestry that depicts the symbol of Yin and Yang to tell the future. Fan’s description of the piece sounds poetic, like right from a translation of a Chinese poem; “tadpoles swimming together, encircled by orderly lines”. Fan imbeds some Asian décor into the novel. The Yin and Yang tapestry is one example but another is the kite-shaped flying carriage with a frame of bamboo that Maldeor rides in.
    Yin and Yang’s other apparent appearance is in the form of the most evil and greedy villain, Yin Soul. In Chinese culture, Yin is thought of as the dark side representing all of the evil. I am surprised that the author did not go the whole way and make Yin Soul male, seeing as Yin is usually paired with any feminine. Its less obvious appearance in the story is when the main character, Wind-voice, realized that birds are not easily separated into “white and black, good and bad”. Life and people have a lot of gray in them. This belief is depicted in Yin and Yang by the small circle of the opposite color in the fluid shapes of white and black.
    Yin Soul is also linked to anther aspect of Chinese culture; spirits. The evil monster is turned into a spirit that must find a physical body to inhabit if he wants to live. Hence, he attempts to convince other birds to take his essence. The idea of essence and one’s spirit seems a bit of place in the American culture but it is not so in the Chinese culture. However, not all spirits are evil. An obvious example is Wind-voice, who turns into a spirit to become an everlasting protector of peace, and his possible father, the Great Spirit. In China, ancestors are believed to be good spirits that protect families. Due to spirits not being a major role in American culture, Americans might confuse Fan’s Great Spirit to mean the Christian God.
    I do not know if it was the author’s intentions but the name of her main character, Wind-voice, sounds like an English translation of a traditional Chinese name. However, I am certain that Fan named Wind-voice as 013-Unidentified because he is the hero that everybird, good and bad, has been looking for and because 13 is considered a lucky number in China. This is less obvious and may be confusing to Westerners who believe that 13 is one of the unluckiest numbers possible.
    I remember silently agreeing with one of the characters when they questioned how a weapon, specifically a sword, could bring about peace. It seems that martial arts use weapons but only as a tool for nonviolence and peace. I noticed that when Wind-voice goes against Maldeor, Wind-voice does not actually physically fight Maldeor. Even when he had the hero’s sword, Wind-voice uses it to protect himself but he does not harm his opponent.
    My mind and heart were both touched by the words of Wind-voice; that true peace is not possible through force. Thought it does not directly deal with Chinese culture specifically, it applies universally. However, we humans easily forget it. The most obvious event that shows this is the Iraq war. Though the details of the mater are extremely complex and there are many gray areas, it is impossible for America to believe she can create peace in the Middle East through force. It seems so simple in this children’s book in which it is the lives birds that are destroyed by war. Yet adults have not grasped this seemingly simple concept when they are in the real world impacting other human beings.
    I must commend on the author, Nancy Yi Fan, for the brilliance of her writing and the universal teachings within. To me, Sword Quest is emboldened with hidden elements of Chinese culture but those are not themselves the key messages. They are tools used to inform readers of greater and broader messages.

    —Lensa Z.

  430. 有沒有什麼比较好的,适合我們初中生的英語小說?有一本书绝对适合你——《剑鸟》,作者是一位留学的中学生,《剑鸟》整本书有中英文的故事情节,十分便于我们阅读!

    — ︶ㄣ純苩悅ㄜ

  431. Swordbird is a very well written book with a very succinct and uplifting story of good and righteousness triumphing over evil and tyranny.
    The book is a lengthy endeavor for a children’s book but still moves at a very quick pace that keeps the reader interested in the story. There are a couple of instances in the book where each bird uses their talents to help the community, this is shown in everyway from Cody’s singing talent, to Glenagh’s wisdom, Aska’s bravery, and Flameback’s ability to fight. This could be a combination of both the Chinese ideal of using one’s ability to help the community and the American belief in the individuality of people bringing out a person’s true strength.

    — Jorge P.

  432. 向往自由和平的天空



  433. Swordbird

    I find it amazing that this book was written by a twelve year old girl. She did a fantastic job. The characters (even the bad ones) were easy to relate to, and very lifelike. I like that she didn’t use scary violence in the story. Sure, there are battles, but she doesn’t over-do it. In fact, the battles were my favorite parts of the book because I knew something funny was going to happen. Instead of making the battles scary, she makes the good guys come up with amazing ideas so they can win the battles with funny tactics.

    The cardinals and blue jays of Stone-Run Forest have turned against each other. They used to be great friends, but one day the cardinals acused the blue jays of stealing; and ever since, the two Tribes have been at war.

    It turns out that the evil hawk lord, Turrant, has been ordering his soldiers to steal from both Tribes; so they would fight, and fight, and fight; then be too weak to resist his attack, and to weak to put up a struggle when he turns them into slaves to finish building Fortress Glooming, a giant( and quickly spreading) black muddy spot in the white snow of peace.

    Miltin, one of the slavebirds, plans carefully with the other slaves on how to escape the compound of Fortress Glooming. When they do, they find the bluejay Tribe and tell them the truth: the hawk lord was the one stealing from them! Once the cardinals and blue jays learn the truth, they unite to battle Turnatt. They find out that the only way they can defeat him once and for all is to summon Swordbird, son of the Great Spirit.
    Swordbid is a half-dove with magical powers, and is the only bird who can truly defeat Turrnat. But Swordbird can only be summoned with a Leasorn gem; a crystallized tear of the Great Spirit, and there are only seven in the entire world.
    Miltin, fomer slavebird, and Aska, a pretty bluejay, embark on a dangerous quest to find a Leasorn gem before Turrnat attacks. Will they find one in time? Or will the evil hawk suceed?
    Read this funny, well-written, well-placed, dangerous, scary, delightful book to find out.


  434. After i read swordbird and swordquest (both 200p bya 12/13 year old) i realised anyone if they try hard enough can write a book.


  435. I have already read “Swordbird” and I say it was good, but since I had just finished reading, “Sword Quest” I say it is even better! We are born with talents and hidden talents that begin to start developing in early child age. If you can recognize your talents already, then your off to a good start! Take Nancy for example. She was very young when her book was published, and her talents require of skill, patience, thoughtfulness, and above all, boundless imagination. I say she has a good-looking future ahead of her. 🙂

    —M.E. Holmes

  436. 《剑鸟》


  437. Dear Miss Nancy Yi Fan,

    My name is Faith and I am 10 years old. I love your book, Swordbird! It is great! There are great places, and I think the Sunrise camp is my favorite. My favorite characters are Miltin and Aska. I felt sorry for Miltin because he was so young, but captured as a slavebird. In fact, I almost cried when I read that Miltin was dead. It was so sad! But then I remembered that Turnatt got one little slavebird but had cuts and bruises all over! Aska was really brave, too. She had courage to speak up in the battle and even to cross the White Cap Mountains! (From what I’ve heard, that’s pretty rough.) It just goes to show, a girl can do anything. So anyway, I love your book. It’s so fascinating!


    Faith H.

    P.S. If there isn’t already a series, (I haven’t found it yet) please write one!I am now reading Swordquest, and I love it so far! I also hope that the new book, Sword Mountain, comes out soon, and best of luck to you!

  438. Sword Quest

    The adventure that ensues pits good against evil in a tale that will appeal to children especially because the author of the book is a twelve year old girl. Those who like adventure or fantasy will find this book appealing.

    — by Kathy Palovick, Kutztown Book Review

  439. 我在这里要表扬一位儿童:一个年仅13岁的中国女孩,用英文写作的小说《剑鸟》冲上了《纽约时报》畅销儿童小说排行榜,并且随后推出自己翻译的中文版。



    — 邓豪

  440. Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan

    Child-author’s debut will inspire kids!

    — Common Sense Media

  441. SWORDQUEST is about a white dove called Wind-Voice. Wind-Voice is a slave for the evil ruler of all archaeopteryxes, Hungrias II. One day Hungrias wanted to celebrate the finding of another Leasorn gemstone by eating Wind-Voice. The rumor of the Leasorn gemstones is that it will lead to a sword that will destroy all evil. Luckily, Wind-Voice escaped along with another almost doomed bird, Winger the woodpecker.

    The two traveled and met a myna named Stormac who helped them to the home of heron Fisher. There they learned of the hero who banishes darkness. Wind-Voice and Winger wanted to go find this hero. The myna, Stormac joined them on their journey. They need the clues on the Leasorn gems to find the hero. This journey will change all of them in different ways.

    What I loved best about this book was it had dramatic scenes. The story was enchanting and this series reminds me of Erin Hunter’s Warrior series. Where the Warrior series had cats as characters, this has birds. I can’t wait to read the sequel of this book, SWORDBIRD.

    — by Nona L. Oldner

  442. 推荐理由:

    —北京矿业学院附属中学 七年级 1班 许悦




  444. Swordbird
    by Nancy Yi Fan

    Written by the author when she was in the fifth grade, this extraordinary fantasy–inspired by a dream and her complicated feelings about terrorism after September 11th–portrays a world of warfare, deception, bravery, and freedom.


  445. Sword Quest
    by Nancy Yi Fan

    As two rivals race to find the Great Spirit’s sword, the future of birdworld and Wind-voice’s fate as Swordbird rest in the balance, in this exciting prequel to the “New York Times” bestseller “Swordbird.”


  446. 父母要发掘孩子的成功—中国13岁女孩小说稳居美国排行榜七周



















  447. Watch out animal kindom swordbird is here!

    -Vivilot emoirs

  448. Swordbird is by Nancy Yi Fan, a very fluent author. Nancy was only 12 when she wrote the book. She makes it so you can taste the food, hear the music, and picture the birds. You can also picture every single movement of the creatures.

    The robins and bluejays turn against each other because they think that each other are stealing things, so they go to a bloody war. The only way for them to be friends again is to summon the magical swordbird. A bluejay and robin have to go on a risky quest, putting their lives in danger.

    by CEG, Grade 4

  449. A few weeks back, I read SWORDQUEST by Nancy Yi Fan. It was the prequel to this book. Be sure to read that one before this one. Both are excellent and I hope to read more from this author.

    In the SWORDBIRD, the two tribes of the robins, Sunrise and the blue jays, and the Bluewingles have always been friends until a tragic event. Both tribes thought each tribe was stealing eggs and supplies from each other. What they didn’t know is pirates were the cuprites.

    One day a blue jay named Aska, wonders off near the pirates fortress and meets one of their prisoners: Miltin the robin. Miltin asks for the help of Aska to save the rest of the slaves. Aska then flies back to camp. That’s when the robins learn the real truth. The Sunrise and the Bluewingles decided to help each other in getting rid of the pirates.

    Throughout the story, I felt like a real bird watching them. I couldn’t help but to love it. I think fans of Erin Hunter will love the prequel, SWORDQUEST, and this book.

    — J. Kaye Oldner

  450. Sword Quest

    I found Wind-voice very likeable. He’s very innocent and open-minded, and finds goodness in most everyone. I also took a liking to his woodpecker companion Ewingerale, who is timid at first but learns from his friends to think highly of himself. Stormac the myna was the pretty much the anti-Wind-voice, a battle-hardened, narrow-minded warrior who is also a bit self-centered.


  451. 13-year-old Nancy Yi Fan is the most recent kid author to make a splash on the literary scene with her books from Harper Collins. Her first, Swordbird, about an evil hawk ruling the forest through meanness and intimidation, came out in 2007. She started writing it when she was only eleven, and wrote it in English — her second language! Sword Quest, which just came out, is its prequel.

    While she is the youngest such author of late (I mean, how much younger can they realistically get?) she does follow on the heels of several other very young authors who’ve had books published to great success. Probably the best-known is Christopher Paolini of Eragon fame, who I believe wrote his first book at fifteen.

    —Nancy Matson

  452. And now, on to this week’s challenge. This one’s inspired by Nancy Yi Fan, the 12-year-old author of the New York Times bestseller “Swordbird” and its prequel, “Sword Quest.” Yeah, we’ll give you a moment to re-read that. Twelve. 12. A decade plus two. This action-packed, fantasy epic, written by what can only be described as a literary prodigy, is about the bird battles of Stone-Run Forest and the legendary Swordbird who can conquer evil and restore peace to the land. Young Nancy’s favorite book is “Charlotte’s Web,” which hit the silver screen last year in a charming re-make. We figure it’s just a matter of time before some Hollywood movie studio options “Swordbird” too.

    —Jackie Burrell

  453. Swordbird and Swordquest by Nancy Yi Fan—though she is only 13 years old, her second book contains an analysis of the nature of good and evil that puts many adults to shame….

    —Carol Ann

  454. i love swordbird!
    omg i loved swordbird so much i just HAD to get swordquest so i got it and now i read them all the time.
    today will be my official sixty-seventh time reading swordbird and swordquest, so i’m so happy. once i get to one hundred i’ll be the happiest person on earth.
    you go nancy!

    — Cassie

  455. Hello Nancy!I know that you probably receive thousands of emails and have no time to write back, but I would just like to say that you are completely and incredibly amazing. I am thirteen years old, and I have written since I was eight. When I was in grade three, a poem of mine was chosen to be publishedin a poem book, and I was very thrilled.

    You’re awesome!

    — Chloe

  456. Swordbird

    LOVE IT!!! I think she was 12 when she wrote the book, but maybe she’s 14 now. But yeah, it’s a great book! I suggest it to people who haven’t read it!


  457. Bon Magazine’s interview with Nancy Yi Fan

    Fifteen year old Nancy Yi Fan moved from Beijing to Florida at age seven. Three years later, she began writing her breakout novel, Swordbird, a fantasy story about warring tribes of birds. After writing Swordbird in a new language, English, Nancy sent it to Harper-Collins with no agent and no contacts and immediately landed a contract for an initial print run of 50,000 copies. This year she brought out the prequel Sword Quest, which takes place 100 years before Swordbird, and she is currently working on her third novel, Sword Mountain. When Nancy isn’t writing bestsellers, she practices martial arts, kayaks and takes care of her birds, Ever-Sky, Dippler and Pandora.

    Bon: When did you decide to become an author?
    Nancy Yi Fan: Six and a half years ago, on February 27, at precisely 5:23 pm, I flung open the window and declared, “I wish to now assume the title of author!”….No, actually, I have always seen myself as just a reader and a seeker of story magic—the essence of books that captivates and transforms us. When I was in elementary school I loved reading fantasy fiction, and read piles of books every week. But I wanted to be engaged with books in an even more involved way. “Maybe I can find story magic myself, if I search hard enough in everyday life as a writer,” I thought. By the time I was nine writing had become a crucial, natural part of my identity.

    Bon: Where did you get the idea for Swordbird?

    Nancy Yi Fan: From a number of places. I was inspired by the woods near my home and my love for birds. I had also been learning about different wars in my history classes. I had visited the World Trade Center several months before 9/11, so that experience affected me as well. One night when I was in fifth grade, all of these things whirled into a strange dream, of birds in old-fashioned clothing battling one another, and of a huge white bird with a sword. When I woke up, I wanted to write about the dream as a story as a way of expressing the importance of peace and freedom.

    Bon: Was it different writing the second book, Sword Quest, compared to the first one?
    Nancy Yi Fan: Sword Quest takes place hundreds of years before Swordbird. It’s about Wind-voice, a dove-like bird and how he becomes the hero Swordbird. Since Sword Quest is a prequel, this meant I was creating the “myth” that was told in Swordbird, which was an interesting experience for me. Another difference between the novels is that Sword Quest is about a journey, while Swordbird is about a conflict and how it is resolved. When I was writing about a journey, I explored my characters more deeply, expanded on the culture of the birds, and included a wider geographical range.

    Bon: Now you are working on a third book in the series, Sword Mountain. Tell me about your working routine.

    Nancy Yi Fan: Every evening after finishing my homework, I usually find an hour or two to write. I look forward to that brief time all day! On the way to school and during lunchtime, I usually jot down things I plan to write about in my novel.

    Bon: Do you love school?

    Nancy Yi Fan: I love school just as much as I love to write. Certainly, the coursework and the conversations between students there sometimes unexpectedly provide rich material for writing! I like language arts of course, but I’m also a straight-A student and I enjoy math and science as well. History is also one of my favorite subjects because it is the story of the world, which is the best story of all, from which all other stories are derived.

    Bon: Do you have any free time? What do you do?

    Nancy Yi Fan: When I find free time, besides reading or writing, I practice martial arts with a sword. This hobby started when I was writing of Swordbird. I felt that I didn’t quite know how to describe the battle scenes. I thought that if I learned some martial arts myself, I would be able to make the scenes flow smoothly and be more realistic. So I bought a sword and became a disciple of a Chinese martial arts master for a few weeks. The remedy worked. Even after the completion of Swordbird, I still go through my sword routine daily, because it’s good exercise, and it gets me into a good frame of mind for writing!

    Bon: Who are your favorite authors?

    Nancy Yi Fan: Phillip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, Katherine Paterson, Hugh Lofting, and Laurence Yep. After writing two books, I learned just how much dedication and devotion it takes for a book to develop fully. I admire how Rowling could write seven books with consistent quality and imagination.

    Bon: How do you relate to the word prodigy?

    Nancy Yi Fan: I think that hard work, daring, and determination define the word prodigy.

    — The European Magazine BON

  458. Swordbird

    I loved Swordbird by 12 year old author Nancy Fan. I loved it, but some parts were a bit to gory. The thought of a beautiful white bird really put a vivid image in my mind when reading this.

    — Bookgirl

  459. 一本鼓励孩子做大事的书《剑鸟》




  460. I love your books Swordbird and Sword Quest. I love them because they are so creative. I love all animals especially birds. I find that birds are very intelligent!

    — Claire

  461. I just finished reading Swordbird, and I absolutely loved it. I thought it was like a cross between the Warriors series and the Redwall series, but even more original. I thought it was hilarious how Nancy replaced the word ‘tiptoed’ with ‘tipclawed’ and so on. That was great, and very creative. I mean, birds don’t have toes!! 🙂

    I would reccomend this book to anyone.

    I am a young writer myself, but I hadn’t really thought of publishing anything- after I read this book, I was inspired to publish a few of my books, stories, and poems. I mean- Nancy was TWELVE when she wrote that- it’s amazing!!

    I thought the book was beautifully written and I will definitely continue reading the rest of the series.

    –Megan G.

  462. 读《剑鸟》有感
    王斐玥 郑州 8岁



  463. I think that Nancy wrote awesome books! I practically read them through and through! The books are so exciting, full of twists and turns. This book outshone all the others when I saw it on the store shelf. I knew I had to read it -and look at that! I was right!- I loved both the books. I am chinese too so I have the bilingual edition too.

    — Jennt Yang

  464. A little girl called Fan Yi has caught many people’s attention recently. The little writer’s first English story, Swordbird, appeared on the bestseller list for children’s fiction by the New York Times.
    Fan Yi was born in Beijing in 1993. She finished her first grade of primary school in Beijing and then moved to the US with her parents at the age of seven. She has been greatly interested in birds since she was a little girl.
    When Fan was studying American history at school, she read many articles about the September 11th attacks. She wanted all the people to live in a peaceful world. Around that time, she had a dream one night. In the dream, some birds fought with each other. Fan got the idea from the dream and turned it into a story to send her message of peace to the public.
    In the future, Fan will write more books for a swordbird series. Will she become another J.K. Rowling? Let’s wait and see.


  465. Nancy Yi Fan,

    I am a nine year old girl and I love Swordbird. I read it in one week! I own the book, but not SwordQuest; I am anxious to read it, though.

    From Deeja

  466. Swordbird

    I love your book Swordbird because I love the way you put so much detail into what’s happening in the story. The drawings in the book were amazing! What blew me away is that YOU wrote it! A girl at the age of 13, (I bet 14 now) writing such an amazing book. I mean, the amount of effort you put into the book, could show that you really do have an imaginative mind.

    — Alexa

  467. Wow. I have never believed it possible that a 12 year old, at the time of the writing of this book, would be able to get published and become a bestselling author. I am, at this time, 12 and love to read and write. She is an inspiration to us all.


  468. I love your book Swordbird and can’t wait to read the sequel Sword Quest! You put such emotion and amazing adventure in the book! I really want to be an author too, and you are my insperation.


  469. Today i got a card for a belated birthday.[it was on the 7th.] Inside i found a Barnes and Noble gift card, so we went book shopping! I got Swordbird, an action novel written by Nancy Yi Fan, who wrote it when she was only in 5th grade after waking up from a dream. She is probably in middle school, but maybe in high school.

    — Victoria

  470. Loved it!

    Nancy is amazing for just a young writer. I work in a high school media center & I shared information about her to all the teachers in the school. Students are coming to me and telling me they are going to write their own books. I love Nancy’s characters as birds. I enjoy all the birds that visit me during the year and I give them names. She has made me appreciate them even more. Nancy teaches us good vs. evil & there is always hope.

    Reader’s review (Barnes & Noble)

  471. One word: WOW. I wasn’t much of a book fan in December of 2007. That year I read about your book in American Girl magazine and I had a strange feeling all through the article. It made me realize: I wanted to be a writer more than I had ever wanted anything! The day after Christmas, my family went to the bookstore. I found Swordbird on the bookshelf and got that with my gift card. At home, I was reading it all through dinner and dessert and I finished it in one night! I was blown away. Then a few weeks later, I found your fan site and heard that Sword Quest was coming out on my half birthday! A few days after it came out, right after church, my mom took me to the bookstore and I bought that. I loved it even more than Swordbird! Your books are amazing! Keep writing!

    — Brooke

  472. When I hear about fascinating people like Nancy, I immediately think, “Uh-huh! This is one of the highly evolved souls who have recently incarnated on earth in order to help humanity.”


  473. 2008 Boys’ Life reading contest winners

    Third Place: Tyler Tate, Roseville, Calif. (“Swordbird” by Nancy Yi Fan)

    As a kid, did you ever want to write your own book and have it published? I found a great book this year titled “Swordbird” by Nancy Yi Fan. She was 12 years old when she wrote the book. I selected this book to read because a kid wrote it and it was about birds. I like all animal stories, especially ones that have fighting in them.

    The story begins when the cardinals and blue jays go to war. They each think the other is responsible for stealing their eggs. On the other side of the forest, the evil owl lord, Turnatt, was building a fort using slave bird labor. He and his army of evil crows were the ones who were actually stealing both the cardinals’ and blue jays’ eggs and eating the eggs. When one of the slave birds escapes, he finds one of the clan members and tells them what is really happening. The cardinals and blue jays make peace and set out on a quest to find Swordbird, the legendary bird that can stop evil. In the end, Swordbird brings peace throughout the land.

    This was my favorite book because it was exciting, adventurous and had a good lesson. The lesson was that we should communicate with each other and not resort to violence first. The war occurred because the cardinals and blue jays jumped to conclusions instead of talking to each other and finding out the facts. In the end, their suffering could only be relieved by working together.

  474. Nancy Yi Fan is only 13 years old, but her fantasy novel, “Swordbird” (HarperCollins, $15.99), demonstrates a mature ability to create a page-turning plot focused on a war between birds.

    — Karen MacPherson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  475. 《剑鸟》



  476. I think that teen authors actually help the book industries. One major reason I read Swordbird was because I looked at the back (unconscious habit of mine) and saw a kid. It excited me to see that a teen had successfully published a novel. Even if a kid doesn’t read the book, learning that it’s written by a 14-16 year-old will impact them in some way.

    –Gurion Omegaon

  477. Swordbird
    This book is about birds that fight then when a hawk came they became in danger. I really like this book.

    — Scotty

  478. Swordbird

    You might like this book written by Nancy Yi Fan. You would like this book because if you like fantasy books and birds. This book is also a very good book if you like cardinals and blue jays. You would like the book if you like pieces and teamwork. If you also like adventure in books.

    — Colton

  479. All: SWORDBIRD!!
    Snowball: Lissamel’s reading it!
    Cinnamon: She says its really good.
    Dewbelle: It’s written by a 13-year-old!
    Snowball: Her name is Nancy Yi Fan.
    All: and she is AWESOME!
    Dewbelle: If Nancy Yi Fan ever saw this blog…
    Cinnamon: wow…
    Snowball: Swordbird’s about the birds of stone-run forest.
    Dewbelle: The cardinals and The Blue Jays
    Cinnamon: The Flying Willowleaf theater!
    Dewbelle: Miltin!
    Snowball: Aska!
    Cinnamon: Turnatt!
    All: AND MORE!
    Snowball: This might sound corny, but if you want to find out about it…
    Dewbelle: Get the book!
    Cinnamon: Do it!
    Dewbelle: Now!
    All: Bye!

    — Lissamel’s blog

  480. 「如迪士尼電影」


    范禕十大寫作秘訣, 首重熱情












  481. Eatthpage: First is Best? A New Author Phenomenon?

    A debut by an author, especially one that generates quite a buzz, pumps up a lot of anticipation among its fans. When The Sequel or Book 2 comes out, though, it’s not uncommon to hear “Pretty great! But somehow Book 1 is better…” (remember the reception to Paolini’s Eldest)

    Why? Is this really a trend of skill decline? A drying up of inspiration? Or is #2 merely eclipsed by the publicity and fame of its predecessor? (Thus the infamous “curse”.) Still, there are some cases where authors have pulled off a book that is an equal, if not a superior.

    What more interesting to apply this to the unique case of a teen author, Nancy Yi Fan, whose fantasy fiction Swordbird (HarperCollins, no less) was published in 2007 when she was 13. The kid was 10 when she started writing it. About “the impact of war on trust and friendship among bird characters in a forest”, the book’s been widely touted and widely liked by tweens. I took it up out of curiosity—and frankly, it’s a commendable offering: somewhat simplistic characterization, but forgivable for a kid, and besides the plot was compelling enough; a child’s voice, but a promising one. You should definitely consider letting your child read it if you want to see him/her motivated to read and write more. Anyhow, at the time it was said that Fan was writing Book 2.

    And that book is now in bookstores. Called Sword Quest, a prequel. I’ve read it. The book follows good ol’ epic journey, with a Hitler-like arch-villain who grows bitter because he has only one wing. But I believe the book was restricted from its potential because it was a prequel. Isn’t there a mindset that you don’t have to rush through a prequel, since you know pretty much the results?

    So: what do you think about the “Book 2 Curse”? Do you Nancy Yi Fan’s second book broke it? Any examples of other authors, or tips to avoid such a scenario…

    Swordbirdclub: I disagree. I love Swordbird , but Sword Quest is distinctly better. There’s no “slump”. It’s stronger.
    Nancy Yi Fan improved on her second book. You know why? She is in high school now, and her writing is much more mature than when she was 10. This accounts for the significant leap of sophistication that’s special to her case. I didn’t think being a prequel detracted from it. It tells the story of how the god-like “Swordbird” was once a simple mortal dishwasher who set out to do good. And the sardonically malicious villain Maldeor, I thought he is more realistic, three-dimensional, and more interesting than the “plain evil” hawk Turnatt in the first book. I was really fascinated by the characters themselves not the outcome, which is what a good prequel should do.
    Most people though, only know Swordbird because it was first and it was featured on the Martha Stewart Show. They’re missing out!
    Of course, another example of an author who kept writing as good or better: J K Rowling, great books, even down to the last one! I think a remedy to your “curse” is to not repeat plot devices, add new characters to the cast. Or to make the book longer and “heftier”.

  482. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    My name is Kent. I’m from California! But I happened to come to New York. He tried to come and get me (my brother). He and I loved your books Swordbird and Sword Quest. Those were one of my favorite books in the world! I got the books by going to a book store. Fun, Fun, Fun! I hope YOU write more books!

    From: Kent
    To: My favorite author Nancy Yi Fan

  483. 读《剑鸟》有感 
    海安县海陵小学五(8)班 华梓莼

  484. Dear Nancy,

    I absolutely LOVE your books. You are my role model. Seriously! Your book Swordbird was inspirational to me. When I read it, the details were so precise that I felt like I was inside the pages. Nowhere else is the saying “power of the pen” (power of the keyboard?) more true.

    — Connie

  485. Dear Ms. Yi Fan,

    I read your book, SWORDBIRD and I thought it was great! I haven’t been able to buy SWORD QUEST yet, but I want to. It’s so cool that kids can publish books! I really like the way you write.

    I am only ten, but I am turning eleven in June. My friends and I have a little group we call the writing group. We meet every week at a different person’s house. I have to write this because of school, but it is still fun.

    — Raybigh

  486. This is a book you have to read! Im a 9 year old, and I read it and now im inlove with it! It’s now my favorite book. Nancy make wonders characters, nice four-shadowing, great names, great twist in the story, and great tribenames. She’s older then me and is a great writer.

    The plot is great. Im not very far in Swordquest, but im at the part where Wingle when to tell him about the birds who took Windvoice. Anyway, if you haven’t read her books, you have to!

    ~ Mayshi, 9 year old girl.

  487. Sword Quest

    Great prequel to the amazing Swordbird. Once again, everything is perfect. The adventure is very captivating and the characters are great. I actually cared if somebody died. I can’t decide which is better…this or Swordbird?


  488. 哦,对了,剑鸟 不知道大家有米有听说过 就是在英语双语报上有说过 一个12岁的中国女孩子写的……还荣登<>畅销书排行榜也………..\好厉害额 ( ⊙ o ⊙ ) 目瞪口呆

    仔细看了一下….真的很好 惭愧哦…….      它大概讲的就是蓝鸟和红鸟受老鹰特耐特挑拨发生战争,认识到错误后遭受到特耐特的突袭,最终借助神鸟——剑鸟的力量取得了胜利。作品在宣扬战争与恐怖袭击是非常错误的,要把和平的信息传达给其他人。
       \     不错滴 真的…….

    — 寶鋇_べ乖

  489. Dear Nancy Yi,

    If I have one wish I would get a lot of stuff for myself. So I would have everything I ever wanted in my hand and sometimes no caring for others too much. That at first would be the best thing that would happen to me, right? Wrong.

    When I finished your book SWORDBIRD it changed my wish into something else. I know what the “so what” is, it is how our people fight in Iraq with other people. Then I put myself in a soldier’s shoes and thought to myself would I go away from my family for many years without seeing them, and I wouldn’t get a comfortable place to sleep and I would suffer sudden attacks? So the real “so waht” is that why are people fighting and why can’t we just negotiate world peace with others and not fight each other? That then changed my whole mind into a new wish. I just wanted to get world peace and share with one another. I’m not just saying this — I’m really meaning this from my heart.

    This book has changed my way of thinking a lot and thinking of others too in my life. This book has taught me a valuable lesson about others.


    Fernando, 10 years old

  490. Dear Nancy:

    Hi,I’ve read both of your books and they’re WONDERFUL!!!!!
    I, of course love birds as much as you do. When I got allergic to cats and dogs I fell in love with them.
    I wish I could meet you , I have a parakeet named Angel he is adorable! I live in Illinois and am only 10.
    But I still think you are the best author in the WORLD!!!

    — Lisa

  491. A 14-year-old author with a best-selling book on the New York Times BestSeller List?

    Yes, it’s true, and Nancy Yi Fan seems never to have lost her love for literature or her focus at doing something well.

    Her books, Swordbird and its prequel Swordquest, have created a very favorable response among writers and reviewers and readers everywhere.

    — Dao

  492. 《剑鸟》


  493. i loved swordbird and i cant wait to read swordquest. you are a true inspiration nancy.


  494. nancy yi fan is truly amazing and a inspiration to children around the world.
    when i first found out that the amazing book i had just read was by a 12 year old girl i was just speechless………well at least for a few seconds then i told everyone i know and i visited the website and im in love with this website. she is such an inspiration because she is proof that if you work hard you can sucseed. im 11 and i read so much but i never realy put too much thought in writing a book but my parents were telling me if i love reading so much why dont i just write a book.
    now i think i will,because if nancy can do it so can i!

    — kenzie

  495. Dear Ms. Yi Fan,

    I LOVE your books! I am ten and hope to become an author someday. Animals are my favorite things to write about. I have read your two spectacular books, SWORDBIRD and SWORD QUEST. Do you get a lot fo homework still? How did you get all the names for the birds? They genius? Wind-voice is an awesome name for SWORDBIRD. It’s a majestic, magical name. I hope you write more books with SWORDBIRD.



  496. LCB: She (Nancy Yi Fan) seems like a driven young lady, and clearly very bright. I think SWORDBIRD is a special case with an exceptional child.

    Julia: I hope – that this young girl – since she is apparently talented enough for someone to recognize that talent – and apparently driven enough to have written the book (her research is definitely a credit to her desire to write an accurate work) – that she doesn’t stop writing!

  497. 和平万岁—读《剑鸟》有感



  498. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,
    I’ve read Swordbird and SwordQuest and wanted to tell you how amazing they are. I was sad to finish Swordbird because it was so good! I love animals, and i love to draw. That is why I really liked the illustrations, too. Even my friend loves the drawings! I hope you continue the series. My favorite characters are probably Aska, Ewingerale, Wind-Voice, and Stormac. That’s a lot, but it doesn’t matter to me. Fleydur and Morgan were cool, too. I found out about your books from the article in American Girl magazine. As soon as I read that article, I wanted to check it out. Thank you for making these wonderful books!

    -Abby, 11 years old

  499. Below are the online journals of Mr. McGuire’s student, Colton, when he read SWORDBIRD and SWORD QUEST

    2/10/09 Sword Quest
    One effect from the book is that wind-voice had his foot cut. The cause of that is that some one swung a sword down at him.

    2/5/09 Sword Quest
    I do not agree with 013-unidentified being wanted for escaping because he was a slave be for he escaped. He did nothing to the people who wants him died. Also his friends are wanted died too just for being with him. His friends are 216-woodpecker and 987-myna. They are also wanted for escaping.

    1/22/09 Sword Quest
    If I could persuade the main character I would persuade them to continue the fit against the archaeopteryxes. Also to find the Leasorn gem so that the hero can come to help them.

    1/21/09 Sword Quest
    Today I started on chapter 5 soon, soon. So far Wind-voice is learning how to wheeled the sword of the heron. His teacher is Fisher the bird how wheeled the sword before him.

    One character in the book is Wind-voice. An opinions of his is that he should not do what the archaeopteryx said to do because Wind-voice can see the true evil in the archaeopteryx. Also he thinks that when the archaeopteryx is transforming it sounds like a bird is vomiting.

    The major problem in Swordbird was that a crow was trying to chapter all the woodland birds to make them into slaves. He wants to make the woodland birds into slaves because he wanted power over all the birds. Also he wants to control everything.

    My mom and I first read my journal. Then we read through the questions and wrote our answers down. After that we looked at the grading sheet and figured out my grade. (And. . . How did this go?) We also went through the questions again to see if we missed any of them.

    12/10/08 Swordbird list two events and tell why they were important
    Turnatt and his troops were took away because they were bringing destruction to Stone-Run. Another event that happend in the book is that Miltin died from loss of

    12/8/08 Swordbird tell me about the main character
    One of the main character in the book is Aska. Aska is a member of the Bluewingles tribe. She also is not afraid to put herself in the middle of danger to do what she needs to do. Also she will not give up intell she completes her mission. She’ll do anything to help others.

    12/4/08 Swordbird
    Today in the book Miltin’s lift wing tightened when he was fling and he landed safely on the deck of a boat. The boat he landed on was his old friend’s boat. His old friend invited him and Aska in to eat.

    12/2/08 Swordbird
    I read that Shadow, Flame-back, and Skylion are fitting in a sword battle. Shadow is now being chased by Flame-back and Skylion.

    11/20/08 Swordbird
    Miltin a slavebird was shot in the right arm with an arrow.

    11/18/08 Predict the Ending of the book Swordbird
    My prediction for the end of the book is that all the birds will be able to live in peace and that there won’t be any more wars between the birds for a very long time.

    11/17/08 Swordbird
    I thought that the blue jays and the cardinals were going to save the slaves. But the slaves are going to save them self.

    11/14/08 Cody said:
    The book Sworndbird looks and saws like a good book to read.

    11/14/08 Swordbird
    The cardinals and the blue jays are listening to music when they were attacked by crows. The blue jays started to through nuts at the enemies and pies.

    11/13/08 The Main Character Swordbird
    In the book I am reading there is not a main character. Also the book is a fantasy book.

    11/12/08 Mr. McGuire said
    OK, now I am confused. What genre is this book? Is it fantasy?

    11/12/08 Swordbird
    Now the Willowleaf Theater is putting on a play.

    11/11/08 The Best Part So far Swordbird
    The best part so far in the book I am reading is that a slave told Aska the blue jay that the war should not be going on. The war should not be going on because the cardinals did not steel from them. Also a Hawk was the one that stole from them. The Hawk’s name is Turnatt and he’s planing to take all the birds and make them into slaves.

    11/10/08 Mr. McGuire said
    Please tell me more!!!!!!!! I would like to see a lot more detail in your journal.

    11/10/08 Five Things That Happened in the Book Swordbird

    A slave asked to gather firewood for the other slaves.
    A crow had been yelled at for not overseeing the slave.
    The slave was slipping around in the mud.

    11/7/08 Swordbird
    My prediction for the book I am reading is that a Blue Jay named Aska will be captured.

    11/6/08 Swordbird
    Now in the book the Blue Jay’s slaves are going to see if one of them can go pickup sticks for the fire.

    11/5/08 Swordbird
    So fare in the book the Cardinal’s are going to attack the Blue Jay’s camp. Only thing the Cardinal’s are going to scare the Blue Jay’s.

  500. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    I read your book, Swordbird, 4 times already. It’s my favorite book. Can you please write a sequel? I love your books.

    My class is doing different author studies, and I chose you! Who inspired you to start writing at such a young age? Are you planning to write another book? What do you like to do when you aren’t writing books?



  501. Swordbird
    Families Can Talk About

    Families can talk about the author’s intentions. She has stated that this book grew out of her feelings about terrorism and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that it carries a message of peace. What do you think she was trying to convey? What is her message? How can a book filled with warfare be about peace? Also, how could an 11-year-old write a book like this? Do you have any ideas for a story?
    –Commonsense media

  502. Sword Quest

    I really like this book because it was much more exciting then Swordbird. One part is very sad because one of the main characters dies. I would recommend this book to people you like adventure with little violence.

    — Percy Potter, 9 year old bookworm (from

  503. I love the swordbird series. Bird superheros are awesome.

    — Mojo

  504. The hero of Swordbird is an escaped ‘slavebird’, Miltin, who leads the woodbirds once they learn of Turnatt’s strategy. The title refers to a legendarily heroic bird of peace. The Swordbird is the only one who can save the forest, so young birds Aska and Miltin fly off on a dangerous mission to find the Leasone gem. This stone, paired with an ancient song from the ‘Old Scripture’, will conjure Swordbird’s help.

    —The Guardian

  505. Sword Quest

    Wind-voice, a half-dove, is a slave of the giant archeopteryx empire. His mother was a dove, and he never knew his father. The king of the archeopteryx is permanently power-hungry and Wind-voice is the only one standing firmly in front of his goal: a beautiful sword said to bring peace to the fighting world. Can Wind-voice and his powerful friends get to the sword before the archeopteryx king and deliver peace to all birdkind? Read this wonderful and exciting book to find out! I liked it very much because the plot was extremily exciting, and the bad guys made me tremble! Wind-voice’s quest for peace was breathtaking, and most parts made me gasp with astonishment. It’s amazing that a fourteen-year-old wrote this! I loved this book; and the book before it, and can’t wait for the third one!

    —Grimstnzborith Janeen-san-elda svit-kona

  506. This book is absolutely amazing. It inspired me even more to continue writing the book I am writing now.

    As I read, I was thinking, “Oh wow, this part is so beautiful,” or, “This is nice,”, but some parts were not very vivid in my mind. If there were less PICTURES, then I think it would make a better book.

    Thank you, Nancy Yi Fan, for being such a great writer and inspiring me so much. You are my idol.

    ~Cassie, age 11

  507. Swordbird

    I read this book because I lOVE birds. I’ve been very into them lately! I really enjoyed this book and didn’t want to put it down, but the ending was a little sad. I can’t wait to read the next book.

    — Emma

  508. Swordbird

    I’m posting the review below for my 10 yr old daughter who devours books — particularly adventures and fairy tales (old and new). We lived out of the country for a couple of years and had no idea about this author, or that she was featured on Oprah — impressive!

    “I loved this book about peace and freedom. Swordbird has become my number one favorite book (and I have read many wonderful books). I am eager to read the prequel! It is excellent for all ages and for either boys or girls. There are both male and female main characters and it is intriguing and action-packed. Great for those who love nature. I felt like I was part of the story. It’s very cleverly written.”

    —homeschooler (

  509. Swordbird

    This book had an interesting plot. I think my friend baily would like this book. She would like it because it had lots of details, exciting, and action.

    —Kayla Ky. (age 11, grade 6)

  510. Swordbird was a book that was different from all the rest. It seemed like it had been written about our wars and our fighting.
    This book was very captivating. I couldn’t believe the author was a 13 year old. It had already been one of my dreams to publish a book as a child. And it was just amazing to see that happen.
    I really liked the story.

    — Cassandra

  511. Nancy Yi Fan the best author ever!

    Hi! I really love your book! I am 10 years old and my name is Caitlin. I live in Austalia. I really love your book Swordbird. I have my own copy. And I am doing the book for my school book report and I think you’re amazing! Because I found out that you started to write the book and you had just moved from China to America? Was it? And thats when you started writing the book. I think that is just amazing!

    — Caitlin

  512. Swordbird

    Swordbird is a children’s book published in 2007 by Nancy Yi Fan. The book, although intended for a younger audience, has very advanced sentence structure, vocabulary and depth. Further, there are strong parallels between Chinese and American culture found throughout the book.

    The first aspect of Chinese culture is found in the name of the book. All of the characters are birds. In the story, a nasty falcon has move into the forest and is ‘birdnapping’ the residents and using them as slaves. Early on in the book it is revealed that two tribes of birds are on the brink of war because of an initial misunderstanding, caused by none other than the falcon.

    The two tribes of birds are the Bluewingle tribe and the Sunrise tribe. If one were to look for symbolism, they might find a connection between the United States (the west) and China (the east) using sweeping stereotypes. Looking at the map, you can see that first of all, the Sunrise tribe is east of the Bluewingle tribe. Geographically, the Sunrise tribe is east of the Bluewingle tribe, where the sun might begin its rise.
    The Sunrise tribe is comprised of cardinals could be thought of as being Chinese. Cardinals are red as is a popular color in China and denoting good luck and are smaller than bluejays (Bluewingle tribe). The Cardinals, although described as being smaller than the bluejays, are more dexterous, agile, nimble and quick. The Bluewingle tribe on the other hand is larger and stronger than the cardinals. They also use a different method to fighting than the cardinals, using more swords than bows and arrows. The Bluewingle tribe also is said to sleep in later than the Sunrise tribe, which is something I have personally noticed about westerner’s over Chinese, who are always early to rise from bed.

    There are some similarities that both tribes share in respect to either Chinese culture or western culture. One is Bright Moon festival, in which both tribes celebrate with cakes, pies, foods and drink. The traditional Chinese calendar was measured off of the lunisolar cycle. The Chinese New Year then may be represented by the presence of the Bright Moon Festival.

    Another similarity between both American and Chinese cultures is the reverence towards Swordbird, the Son of the Great Spirit who is very representational of Jesus Christ. Most birds in the book seem to revere Swordbird, from whom the book gets its title. Swordbird is a white bird that appears after acquisition of a leasorn gem and chanting a song. When Swordbird appears there is a halo of light surrounding him.
    Before every chapter there is a proverb from either the book of Old Scripture or Book of Heresy. The former book’s proverbs are inspiring and peaceful while the latter’s are evil and violent in nature. The Book of Heresy immediately reminded me of the Sun Zi’s Art of War while the Old Scripture reminded me of the Christian bible.

    The book ends with the birds eliminating the evil falcon Turnatt with the help of the mythical Snowbird. The bird’s agree that there will be no more fighting amongst their tribes and that any bird is allowed to settle anywhere in the forest they wish. This is certainly evident in today’s world where westerner’s and Asian’s alike are settling around the world making a global community.

    Overall, I believe the book melded two very different cultures amazingly well. I have always thought of the east and west as being yin and yang in some aspects. Even though similar behaviors are shared, they may be done for different purposes or with different ideological or philosophical reasons as a vehicle. Although some of the things I feel might be symbolism are not consistent throughout the book, I believe these were purposefully included by the author.

    — Rob

  513. Sword Quest

    Sword Quest by Nancy Yi Fan is a wonderful story of a world inhabited by birds. The archaeopteryxes rule the other bird types through power and cruelty, and the only way to break this is for a hero to reclaim a magical sword believed to rest on a mythical island. Wind-voice, the main character and eventual hero, breaks away from slavery and embarks on an epic journey to make a difference. Along the way he meets friends and allies that teach him and inspire him, showing him the true meaning of friendship and peace. My intention is not to give a detailed summary about this book’s plot, but to explain what I received as a message, what I gathered personally about the book.

    First of all, I am an avid birder. I have been watching birds for many years, and have devoted feeding stations in my yard in order to enjoy their company. I have seen many different types build their nests and raise their young on my property. The interactions of wildlife and with my family have been priceless. They really do have personalities and quirks, and we consider them as members of our own family. The fact that the book chronicles different bird tribes and their struggles was real fun for me, in that I got to extend the human characteristics further into their being. It is also clever for the author to use birds to convey human concepts, in order to give the author’s insights on moral and life issues to a younger audience. In short, birds allowed the author to connect to the younger audience.

    Philosophically, I could see many different possible influences on the author and/or story. For example, the book stresses peace and harmony, as well as excerpts such as “One of the hardest things to break is the tie of family.” (p142) I reflect on Confucianism and think of its value of harmony, and the relationships. Indeed, loyalty to one’s heart and one’s friends/family was another concept touched upon. Stormac dealt with loyalty to himself, as he was constantly, knowingly, making the wrong decision and struggling with the consequences. Fleydur being disowned by his tribe of eagles shows a struggle of loyalty as well. He followed his heart for music and change, but this put him at odds with his family. The hero, stays loyal to all of his friends. I feel the author was displaying these Confucian values not as stand alone values, but also showed various aspects of each, as with loyalty.

    Fate and choice are intertwined as well. Fate continuously puts the characters of the story in many situations, but choice determines the outcome. Even in the end, wind-voice is choosing between images in the magical pyramid of Kauria. It is fate that takes him to that place in time, but the way the author stresses the different possibilities and options at each step, show the importance of choice. Wind-voice rationally approaches the options, knowing the consequences if he is wrong. The world is doomed if he chooses selfishly or poorly. She is saying that fate only takes us so far; it is up to us to choose and move forward, to choose the right way.

    Aside from these messages, I feel the greatest one of all is the need for peace and harmony. True peace is not one that is enforced as mentioned in the book. The constant sharing of the scant resources between the bird tribes, the continuous aid and help shown between them, and eventually the coalition of the tribes to fight the villains reflect the ideal of working together for a better, common, good. One should be unselfish and persevere even when fate hands you a difficult situation or many options. Peace is restored in the book only when the tribes learn to work together unselfishly. Wind-voice is the hero, but he needed the support of all these others to get there, so in the end, peace is something they all, we all, must strive for.

    I greatly enjoyed this book because it was able to take somewhat more difficult concepts, somewhat more adult concepts, and present them in a fun, and yet entertaining way to younger generations. Even at my age, I felt the writing simple enough for must young adults, but complex enough to keep an adult interested. Just as the book uses many influences and concepts, and the characters themselves show a need for one to evolve and change, I think it takes many sources and much experience for one to be cultivated. It also reinforces the notion of choice, that despite one’s position, there is potential for positive change, to make a difference. I feel this book propones just that, not just peace, but a cultivated, intelligent type of peace.

    — Tom

  514. 《剑鸟》(大地)



  515. Swordbird

    I finished a book called Swordbird and it is like my favorite book of all time. This book is by Nacey yi fan and i recomend this book for 4th and 5th graders. This book is about the Bluejays, The robins and the cardinals all fighting aganst Turnatt the halk for freedom and peace in the Stone-run forest. You have to read the book to figure out the rest!!!!!


  516. Swordbird

    It was a great book… It had action, adventure, and tons of other good things!!!


  517. Swordbird

    I am really impressed. If someone hadn’t told me that this book was written by someone my age, I never would have guessed. Although the story lost me at times, I found this to be a wonderfully written book. It was inspiring to me, being a writer, to see such talent in this young author. The battle between good birds and bad birds was very intriuging and I reccomend it to everybird.

    — Sasha

  518. You’re never too young

    Nancy Yi Fan is only 16 years old, yet she’s written two books, Swordbird and Swordquest, which have been published. Inspired by the events surrounding 9-11 Fan wrote of a hero, Swordbird saying “In real life, we don’t have a Swordbird. All we have is each other and I think it’s important for us to create that Swordbird by our understanding and friendship.” Fan spoke to a group of teenagers and encouraged them to write about what excites them. “From my research, I realized if you have the experience doing something — suppose you’re very good at a sport — when you write about it, it flows more naturally to you.” It’s never too late (or too early) to write.

    Just Write!

    — Fiction writers

  519. Dear Nancy,

    I am Caitlyn from Singapore. I am 6 years old and I am in Primary 1.

    I like the books that you wrote. They are very interesting.

    My mother borrowed the audiobook on Swordbird from the library a month ago. It was very exciting and I was always looking forward to know what the next chapter would be. My mother then borrowed the SwordQuest audiobook as well as the actual books. I read the books but I have not finished reading them as they are very long stories. I am finishing the books soon.

    The names of the birds are very unique. How did you find the names for the birds in the books?

    Thank you for reading my email.

    Bye Bye
    Caitlyn, Singapore

  520. Nancy,

    Your stories are amazing! I have only read swordbid so far, but I really liked it. I think that you have really made the characters in the book realistic. Also, I think that this should be made a movie so as to spread the word of peace!
    I am currently writing a story right now, and have just finished the first chapter. At first, I didn’t like to write, but after I went to the US and staying there for two years, I now like writing. You have played a part in inspriring me. If you could write a book at 12, why couldn’t I, either? 🙂

    Thanks for reading this,

  521. The heroic Swordbird is called upon in times of war to restore peace and eliminate fear. hatred, misery and death. But if he’s just a myth the cardinals and blue lays will be enslaved by the tyrannical hawk-lord. This novel was penned by Nancy Yi Fan. 13, after a crazy-vivid dream.

    — The Girls’ Life Magazine

  522. Her style is vividly descriptive, giving readers just information to imagine each character and visualize what each is doing. — Karl

  523. Swordquest by Nancy Yi Fan is a great book. It’s a prequel to Nancy Yi Fan’s previous book, Swordbird, and it tells about the adventures of Swordbird: The legendary white bird in the book Swordbird. The book goes from Swordbird being born, to him becoming a guardian spirit. If you love the book Swordbird, you should definetly read Swordquest, because not only it tells about the adventures of Swordbird and his companions, it gives you better picture what happened BEFORE the book Swordbird. All in all, Swordquest is a wonderful book, and I encourage people to read it.


  524. Swordbird

    Bluejays and cardinals at war. An evil hawk named Turnatt rules Stone-Run Forest. Who will save them? Swordbird-from the Old Scripture-can! If you love birds and fantastical books this is one for you!

    — Peri B., age 11

  525. 和平——《剑鸟》读后感
    【该文章参加了我和我的祖国 – 江苏省第二届中小学网络读书活动】
    曹喆 常州市实验初中 初三(5)班










  526. “神童”范祎



  527. 《剑鸟》



  528. 如果说《剑鸟》引起的讨论围绕谁是剑鸟的化身(如是老天爷、耶稣,还是真主安拉?),红、蓝鸟和特奈特代表了谁(如贫民是代表美国内战的南北方老百姓,还是代表南韩、北朝鲜,或者中国大陆和台湾同胞?特奈特是代表恐怖分子,日本帝国主义,还是代表德国法西斯?)等和善与恶、战争与和平有关的宏大话题,《剑鸟》的前传《寻》却把讨论的焦点引向了内心世界,引向了地球上各种生灵活着的日常心思和追求。《寻》中的几个主角都在跟命运抗争。猫迪尔拖着残疾的身体爬到山顶,高呼苍天的不平;胃哥后悔自己永远经不住财富和美食的诱惑;福来斯叛逆了家庭,但无时无刻地在思念故乡;风声默默地在寻根,寻找生命的意义。



  529. Swordbird Soars!

    My all-time favorite book is Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan. It’s about birds joining together to overpower an evil hawk to bring peace and freedom to all.

    The message is cool, too-way better than Harry Potter’s.


  530. These books are great, nancy. i really encourage you to keep writing. You can become someone really big one day. YOU are an inspiration, even to others who have published novels like me.

    Keep going!


  531. 《剑鸟》


    -Jesse-my love (南宁)


    SWORDBIRLD is about a war that rages between the cardinal sunrise Tribe and the Blue jay Tribe the war goes on because the swordsman birds and the wise birds of each tribe think that all of their eggs were stolen by their enemy but then one character from the blue jay tribe finds out that neither the enemy or their friends stole the eggs. Who stole the eggs and from each tribe
    and will they recover the eggs? This book is recommended for mostly boys because there are a lot of sword fighting parts and silly parts. I
    give this book five pure stars because of its specific details about what the story is mainly about.
    By: Sang Park

  533. Swordbird

    I’m reading this aloud to the boys. E likes it so much, he’s been reading it on his own. Written by a 12 year old girl.


  534. 《剑鸟》



  535. Swordbird

    Very entertaining.


  536. Swordbird

    This book is the best. If you love birds you should read this book!

    — Emily C

  537. It’s a great book and I already read it 2x.You have to read the book if your in pain or feel bad.It really calmed me down when I did it.


    Swordbird has a very elegant writing style with rich vocabulary and wonderful imagery. Nancy Yi Fan’s novel, written in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001 has themes of freedom and peace. It conveys the message that unity is better than war. The book contains many symbols as well as wonderful descriptions.
    Since birds can fly freely to any place, they symbolize freedom. This is ironic because they try throughout the whole book to gain freedom. It seems to me that Swordbird is a god. The birds call on him when they are desperate for help. Swordbird is a symbol of peace and justice.
    The images are very vivid. The battles are so real and detailed, I sometimes felt like the birds were real people. The images used to describe Fortress Glooming were very different than those used to describe Stone-Run. Fortress Glooming had such dark imagery while Stone-Run Forest was described pleasantly. Fan describes Fortress Glooming as “now they dwelled in the leaky, half-rotten slave compound, with their legs chained to the stone wall”, and describes Stone-Run Forest as “where the sun shone brightly and dandelions carpeted the ground, making the hills golden as far as the eye could see”. This contrasts the good versus the evil. Also, Slime-beak acted very differently around Turnatt as he did around the cardinals and blue jays. He was afraid and often stuttered when talking to Turnatt but he was bold and mean around the other birds. This difference also shows the difference between the good versus evil. When Swordbird comes, bright imagery is at its peak. Fan describes many bright colors and pleasant things. “The wind sucked in clouds and soon developed into a spiral of bright colors … sparkles glistened …” It also seemed to be raining often at Fortress Glooming or when birds were fighting. This made the feeling even more gloomy.
    Nancy Yi Fan is a very talented writer. She has such a vivid imagination. The names of the birds are all so creative and she did a wonderful job developing all the unique characters. She really makes the reader hate Turnatt and love the cardinals and bluejays. Her writing contains great energy.



    《剑鸟》写得很形象。一些战斗场面写得逼真、具体。有时候我觉得鸟就像是真人。作者对阴森堡垒的描述与对石头跑森林的描述有所不同。对阴森堡垒的描写黑暗、恐怖,而是对石头跑森林描写却很明快、怡人。范祎在描写阴森堡垒时写道:“如今他们都被锁链捆绑着翅膀,囚禁在这破烂不堪的牢房里”, 而当范祎描写石头跑森林时,她是这样写的:“苹果岭那儿总是阳光灿烂,草地上开满了蒲公英,一眼望去,金黄一片。”显然,这是善与恶的对比。再比如,黏嘴和特耐特在一起与黏嘴和红蓝鸟相遇,黏嘴的举止大相径庭。在跟特耐特讲话时,黏嘴总是战战兢兢的,说话还有点结巴。而当黏嘴遇见红蓝鸟时,他表现得很大胆、很毒辣。这种性格变化的描述也一种对比。剑鸟到来时,整个场面视觉形象描写得最多。范祎描述了很多明快的色彩和美的东西。“在空中形成了一个彩色的漩涡••••••空中的星星。”另外,作者描写到阴森堡垒或者鸟在交战时,天常常在下雨。这使气氛更加压抑。


    — Kelsey

  539. Book Review by Janell
    Nancy Yi Fan’s Swordbird

    I haven’t been an avid reader in recent years, but Nancy Yi Fan’s book has inspired me to pick back up my old hobby. I really forgot how fun reading can be, and reading this book rejuvenated my belief about the exciting nature of books. Even though this book’s target audience is children, I think that it can be enjoyed by every age group.

    For someone who is fairly young, Nancy Yi Fan’s perception of the world extends far beyond her age. I was so surprised at how the young author could make such excellent use of adult themes. The biggest part that stood out to me was how much the story was an allegory for war. The “birds” essential represent people and their “camps” serve as nations. The destruction of the Cardinals and Blue jay’s friendship and trivial cross-fighting stands for the delicate nature of war. Furthermore, the evil Lord Turnatt’s plan to cause a rift between the red and blue is a perfect example of how external factors can corrupt great alliances.

    I think that besides war, this book is also a novel about peace. The Cardinals and Blue jay’s reconciliation is a prime example of that. Even though the two groups were at first so caught up in fighting each other, they eventually pushed it aside and forgot about the damage they each inflicted. Thinking about mankind, I thought about our inherent desire for peace and freedom, which can be heard from the whispers of the slavebirds right up to the battle cries of the woodbirds. What I also found interesting was how at the end of the story, the woodbirds realized that Swordbird could be beckoned by singing a verse from the Old Scripture in combination with a verse from the heart. I do not know if the author did this on purpose, but I think that symbolizes how peace and freedom comes from education and passion.

    While reading this book, every one of my senses was ignited, especially sight. Talk about million-dollar sentences! The forest scenes, characters, and battles were all described in crisp detail. There was nothing within the story I couldn’t physically imagine; it was as if everything was right in front of me. It also felt as if I was placed right in the middle of Stone-Run and Fortress Glooming. Added to that, I must commend Nancy Yi Fan on her excellent command of language. Her vocabulary and literary skill undoubtedly tops that of some college students and even adults. She is clearly very intelligent and talented, and her rich way of expressing her thoughts is quite inspiring.

    Last but not least, I really enjoyed this book primarily because it was a fun read. It left me feeling happy and not depressed like other books have left me. If I had students or even children of my own, I would definitely make them read this. As far as learning Chinese goes, I absolutely LOVED reading the Chinese section…I found this a great compliment to my lessons in class. It really puts to use all of what I’ve learned. I will definitely add this book to my collection.




    我觉得除了战争以外,《剑鸟》也是一个关于和平的故事。红鸟和蓝鸟的友谊是一个特例。虽然它们打起架来,但最终还是和好如初了。从奴鸟们的低语到林鸟们的杀声, 我想我们会联想到人类追求和平和自由的欲望。在故事的结尾,我特别喜欢呼唤剑鸟的条件:林鸟们必须唱出古经里一首歌,然后再唱出它们的心声。我不知道范祎是不是故意这样写的,要是她故意这样写的,那非常聪明!在我看来,林鸟们呼唤剑鸟的做法代表和平和自由的条件;和平与自由来自于教育和激情。

    看这本书的时候,我的五个感官都被搞活了,特别是视觉。每句话都写得非常好!森林的景象,各个角色和战役都描写得很详细。故事里所描写的一切都与我的想象联系起来了。范祎简直把我放在石头跑森林和阴森堡垒的境界里。其次,我得表扬范祎因为她的语言能力很棒。她的词汇和写作能力远比一些大学生和成年人好。显然, 她很聪明,也很有才能。


  540. Swordbird

    I’m usually not a huge animal fantasy fan, but this book is absolutely amazing. I enjoyed every second – I both laughed and cried, LOL. Plus, it was written by a twelve year old, which I found incredibly neat…I still can’t write like that, and I’m fifteen. Great story!


  541. Swordbird

    This book was really cool, and written very well, espically for a 14 year old! The story was very cute and creative. The ilistrations were amazing too. The ending was very touching, and I loved every page!


  542. Swordbird

    Oh my goodness, this book was GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!! And it all came up in a dream by the author, Nancy Yi Fan, who was 13 when she wrote it! Unbelievable! I love this book so much; there is so much going on, a real adventure. I love birds, too, so this book was awesome for me. Nancy, I am so proud of you! This book is beyond amazing. You inspire me to write!

    — Melissa

  543. Sword Quest

    This is what happened BEFORE Swordbird…A prequel, even though you read the “Swordbird” one first. Nancy also wrote that one first. 🙂 More adventure!!!! PLUS, you find out WHY in the WORLD cardinals and blue jays are fighting…and what started this dreadful war in the first place.

    — Melissa

  544. Sword Quest

    i thoght this book was really good i enjoyed reading it and the little messaeges in it.

    — Cole

  545. 《剑鸟》读后感
    鹏兴实验学校 四(6)班 邹沁
    放下书,我兴奋地想:这位叫范祎的作者真了不起,年纪轻轻就写出如此奇特的好书。小说不仅人物生龙活虎,而且主题鲜明。而且,这一切都源自一场梦,不可思议! 善于做梦的女孩生活中也是十分爱观察鸟类的。从简介中,作者说,她为了写这本书之前,以为自己对鸟儿了解并不少,可写的时候,却发现,自己对鸟类的了解实在不多。真是“书到用时方恨少”呀!为了写好这本书,范祎每天都去家旁边的树林里观鸟,去借关于鸟类的书。在这种积极上进的状态下,她的作品有了很大的成功,该部小说在美国和中国同步发行。

  546. A couple or three years ago, driving from Denver to Seguin with Oldest Grandson in tow, he and I took turns reading Eragon (a teen fantasy novel), written by fifteen-year-old Christopher Paolini (and published when he was 17 years old).

    I enjoyed the book as much as Grandson #One (labeled #One because he was the firstborn grandson; all of my grandchildren are NUMBER ONEs!).

    Looking forward to reading Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan to and with my youngest granddaughter (for I think this book would appeal to her – and quite likely to me as well).

    One is never too young to write (published or not) nor too old (witness Alistair MacLeod’s first novel, No Great Mischief, published when he was 65 years old – for which he won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award).

    A friend recently wrote that her thirteen-year-old niece won a writing award (this niece is in a literary family that encourages independent thought and creativity – so the news was not surprising). Congratulations to this budding writer!


  547. Swordbird

    Swordbird is by Nancy Yi Fan, a very fluent author. Nancy was only 12 when she wrote the book. She makes it so you can taste the food, hear the music, and picture the birds. You can also picture every single movement of the creatures.

    The robins and bluejays turn against each other because they think that each other are stealing things, so they go to a bloody war. The only way for them to be friends again is to summon the magical swordbird. A bluejay and robin have to go on a risky quest, putting their lives in danger.

    by CEG, Grade 4

  548. Sword Quest

    I am realy amazed at her ability to write. After reading this book I have been pretending to be a bird.


  549. 劍鳥

    這是一本奇幻小說,不但語言清新還包含了一些有趣的鳥類知識,是一部頗具親和力的少年讀物。描述藍鳥和紅鳥受到老鷹「特耐特」挑撥,因而發生戰爭,之後發現錯誤又遭到「特耐特」突襲,後來藉由「劍鳥」的神奇力量才取得勝利。   作者是年僅十三歲的中國女孩范禕,目前還在美國就讀小學。她用英文發表了這本小說,出版後立刻登上紐約時報暢銷小說的排行榜。寫這本書的想法來自一個夢,作者夢見兩群鳥在一隻神奇白鳥的幫助下,趕走了可怕的魔王,認為鳥是和平與自由的象徵的她,因而有了靈感。   作者試圖創造出一個奇特而形象生動的鳥類世界。這個世界與人類世界一樣,有暴君,有奴隸,有勇士,還有神靈,尤其是爪持麗桑寶劍、為鳥除害、被譽為「和平衛士」的劍鳥,更是正義、和平與自由的化身。故事緊湊、情節環環相扣,扣人心弦,能爲孩子帶來啟發和鼓勵。 推薦者: 沈惠芳(前國立政治大學附設實驗小學教師)

  550. Swordbird

    In her acknowledgements, Nancy Yi Fan notes she was inspired to write Swordbird “when I was a child of ten.” What she doesn’t mention is that she was 11 when she wrote this debut novel. Keep an eye on this writer; she’s got a good start and her whole life ahead of her.

    The characters in Swordbird are various species of birds, and their names encourage us either to get to know them better or give them a wide berth. The narrative begins with the villains: Bug-eye and Slime-beak are crows, and there’s a hawk named Lord Turnatt, “the Evil, the Conqueror, the Slayer, and Tyrant of soon-to-be-Glooming,” the name of a fortress under construction by slavebirds.

    Meanwhile, to the north — there’s a fine map at the beginning of the book — the cardinals and the blue jays are at war. Skylion, the young leader of the Bluewingle tribe, is eager for what he believes is retribution against the cardinals, but the elder bluejay Glenagh asks a crucial question: “Does fighting solve the problem?”

    Tilosses, a sparrow, Glipper, a flycatcher, and Miltin, a robin, are slavebirds plotting escape from Turnatt and his henchbirds (this word does not appear in Swordbird, but many similar constructions do). Aska, a blue jay, accidentally flies too close to the evildoers’ stronghold, but learns from Miltin that her tribe and the cardinals have been fooled into suspecting each other of crimes for which Turnatt is responsible. The birds swiftly make peace, and the reader can’t help but wonder why humans have so much difficulty doing the same thing.

    Aloft in a hot-air balloon, playing a variety of musical instruments, members of the flying Willowleaf Theater make their appearance and join the blue jays and cardinals for a festival celebrating the hatching of Swordbird, who turns out to be the only disappointment in the book, a rehashing of Old Testament God, only with wings. But there’s plenty to keep us occupied, including a food fight with weapons like “merciless nuts” and “bean goo,” and a dangerous journey that exacts a terrible toll.

    The details of Swordbird are a large part of its charm. Each chapter opens with a quotation from either the Old Scripture — “Don’t forget unexpected dangers in times of peace.” — or the Book of Heresy — “Play the same old tricks whenever possible.” The line drawings that illustrate the book are gorgeous, and the author had the good sense to give the reader a list of major characters, though it is placed rather oddly at the end of the book.

    Nancy Yi Fan moved from China to the United States when she was seven years old, and a marvel of Swordbird is that it was written in the author’s second language. Another marvel is the book’s dedication: “To all who love peace and freedom.” An excerpt from the back flyleaf gives us some insight into an extraordinary writer: “After awaking from a vivid dream about birds at war while simultaneously wrestling with her feelings about terrorism and September 11, Nancy wrote Swordbird as a way to convey her message of peace to the world.”

    I’ll wrap this up with my favorite passage. Should any of us end up in a position of power over someone who has done us or our loved ones harm, this bears remembering:

    “Throw stones at them!” a blue jay roared. Many voices agreed.

    “Don’t, my friends,” Skylion said gently. “They are now helpless and can’t harm us. We will take them prisoner and release them one day, far from Stone-Run. But we cannot be murderers. They have a right to live, as do all creatures that fly, swim, or run on this beautiful earth.”

    —Josephine Bridges

  551. Dear Miss Fan,

    My class read your book Swordbird for our february book of the month. We could not believe that you wrote that book at the age of twelve, our class really enjoyed it. We read the tips for writing in the back and found them really useful for our writing assignments. it really inspired us.


    HR 116 of Christa Mcauliffe ms

  552. Swordbird

    Once I read Swordbird, I was amazed at Nancy. I am only 12 right now too and I just couldn’t believe that someone my age wrote this! I have been a writer since the second grade and now I am an aspiring author all because of Nancy’s book that is so inspirational and enjoyable to read over and over.

    — Emma

  553. Swordbird

    I enjoyed many parts of the book. To begin, I liked when the cardinals and blue jays summoned Swordbird with the lesorn gem and Swordbird got rid of lord Turnatt for good and saved Stone-run. Second of all I enjoyed the Willowleaf Theater.They were exciting. I liked Cody the best. Lastly, I felt happy when the slavebirds were free from lord Turnatt’s clutches.

    — Zachary

  554. Sword Quest

    I read Sword Qwest a few days ago. The way the book seemed to unfold was great, and I loved the illustrations, they really gave an extra visual on the characters!

  555. Swordbird Parodies

    Pf47: So then. We’ve discussed some of the weaponry of Swordbird, namely swords, bows, and arrows. Now, let’s move on to some of the characters—

    Aska: Ooh, does that mean it’s my turn to talk?

    Pf47: —a few of which you’ve met already. Since she’s so excited about speaking, why don’t we start with Aska? She is the main protagonist of the story.

    Aska: Yaaaaaaaaay! So what should I start with, hmm? Let’s see…Stone-run, my tree, Cody—

    Flame-back: Say, where is Cody?

    Pf47: I’m not sure, but while we’re on the topic, we should start with him and Aska.

    To tell you the truth, I was pretty surprised when Cody and Aska got together at the end of the book. For the most part, Cody was a side character in the story. All he really did was help the Bluewingle tribe defend against Turnatt. In addition, there wasn’t a lot of initial romance between the two birds. The closest thing I saw of Cody showing his love for Aska was when he gave her the rose before she left for the Waterthorn tribe.

    With Miltin the robin.

    If anything, I thought Aska was going to pair with Miltin. The blue-jay and robin seemed to be very compatible right from the start, when Aska first met Miltin while he was still imprisoned in Fortress Glooming (that’s Turnatt’s fortress, which was never completed). After he escaped the fortress, Miltin stayed with Aska in the Bluewingle tribe. He accompanied her in her perilous journey through the mountains to the Waterthorn tribe, where he eventually died.


    Pf47: Aska? I thought you wanted to talk.

    Flame-back: No, leave her be. She’s still a bit sensitive about Miltin.

    See, the thing is, she and Miltin could never have become a pair for two reasons. One is the unfortunate, premature death of Miltin in the Waterthorn village. The other is that, well, Aska’s a blue-jay and Miltin’s a robin. Sure, the two could have stayed together if they truly wanted to, but for a married couple, they would be very strange.

    In addition, they wouldn’t be able to have chicks.

    Pf47: True. By the way, you brought up another thing about Cody and Aska.

    Flame-back: Marriage? How’s that strange? Don’t you humans do it too?

    Pf47: Yeah, because we’re humans. You guys are birds. Because of that, you aren’t supposed to marry. You’re supposed to mate with each other.

    Flame-back: I don’t see a difference. It’s just terminology. I guess birds and humans have similar views of love.

    Pf47: Okay. I can…possibly…see that.

    Anyway, the point is that Cody and Aska make a very random pair, the primary reason being that Cody hadn’t shown too deep of affection for Aska in the book. However, a few of my inside sources have confirmed several stories about Cody’s love for Aska. I guess these stories never made it into the book. Here’s one such story.

    The meadow is peaceful and quiet. Suddenly, there’s a loud roar. Cody bursts into the meadow with a red rose in his beak. There’s a massive bear chasing him along the ground, occasionally swiping for the fleeing blue-jay.

    “No! Go away, bear. This is for Aska!” Cody yells to the bear.

    The bear roars again and keeps chasing him.

    The chase continues for a good ten minutes before Cody realizes he could have just flown straight into the sky, leaving the bear behind on the ground. He does so, feeling a bit foolish that he didn’t think of the idea earlier. At least no bird would know about the incident and his plain stupidity…

    Pf47: Alas, we would know about what happened. But this isn’t saying that Cody’s dumb, though his choice of action wasn’t exactly the smartest. Instead, this goes to show how far a guy will go to impress the girl of his dreams.

    Aska: Cody never told me that story before.

    (Flame-back laughs)

    Flame-back: I don’t think he ever will.

    Pf47: Well, incidents aside, Cody really loved Aska—

    Aska: He still loves me today!

    Pf47: —and nothing shows that more than Cody and Aska’s wedding day.

    Aska: Yaaaaaaay! My wedding day! I always wanted to tell this part of the story.

    So, um, our wedding day was on May 1st, 2007. It was absolutely GORGEOUS that day; the sun was out, the trees were all green, the meadows all had flowers. So yeah, um, we got married at the Bluewingle home tree, right at the top crown of the tree, directly beneath that beautiful sky. So we, um, each said our oaths, and we got married! Isn’t that just soooooooo romantic? Yeah, and after that, we had a great feast, the Flying Willowleaf Theater was there again, and they danced and sang and played music through the entire thing. It was so great!

    (Aska sighs in remembrance of her wedding day)

    Pf47: Mmm-hmm, it was a great day. However, Aska left out a very important part of that day.

    Aska: Hey, what—

    Pf47: She forgot to mention that Flame-back and a few of his buddies decided to fill Aska and Cody’s delicious raspberry pie with a vinegar and baking soda capsule, just for kicks. So when they broke their pie to eat, the pie exploded, and raspberry pie went everywhere.

    Aska: Peregrine! I thought you weren’t going to—

    Pf47: I still remember. It took you, like, three days to completely clean your feathers. And even after that, your feathers still looked purplish for a few weeks.

    (Pf47 and Flame-back crack up laughing)

    (Aska’s face turns red, and she pouts)

    Aska: I hated that! I still can’t believe you would do something like that, Flame-back. C’mon, guys, stop laughing!

    (Pf47 and Flame-back ignore her and continue laughing)

    (Aska bursts into tears and flies out of the room)

    Flame-back: Poor girl. Yeah, that was probably the funniest prank I’ve ever played on somebird else. But it did ruin her wedding…

    (Flame-back flies out of the room to console Aska)

    Pf47: Huh. He’s actually going to apologize to her. Speaking of Flame-back, there’s a story about him, too. This took place several months after the wedding and exploding raspberry pie, so in a sense, I think this was revenge.

    Here’s a bit of background information. It was high summer in Stone-run Forest. The Flying Willowleaf Theater had returned to the Bluewingle tribe for the first time since Aska’s wedding—and the events that happened during it. This time, however, the theater had an extra member: a pretty, young female cardinal named Josephine. Needless to say, Flame-back, who was single at the time, immediately took to liking the young cardinal. Unfortunately, the theater didn’t stay with the Bluewingle tribe forever. Eventually they had to leave, and Josephine followed them. Poor Flame-back was heartbroken for several days after, and continued to miss his one true love.

    About two weeks after Josephine left, Flame-back woke up one morning to find this note stuck near his perch:

    Congratulations, Flame-back! You are a new father!

    Aska and I have just heard some news from the Flying Willowleaf Theater. Josephine had actually laid a brood of three eggs several days after she left us. Now, two of those eggs have hatched. There is one male chick and one female chick, and they’re both healthy. The third egg hasn’t hatched yet, but Josephine says it’s about to.

    Again, congrats on being a new dad, Flame-back! Now I wish we had our own chicks…


    Pf47: Flame-back freaked out after reading the note. For the moment, he couldn’t believe that he had accidentally fathered a brood of chicks with Josephine, and that he hadn’t known until now. He spent the entire day trying to find more information about Josephine and, according to Cody, was actually packing his stuff in order to go after her.

    It wasn’t until the end of the day that Cody and Aska went to Flame-back to tell him that he just got tricked, big time. It seemed that the couple laughed for about three seconds before Flame-back chased them out of his tree, embarrassed and humiliated.

    Cody and Aska had intended to do the prank on April 1st, which we know as April Fool’s Day. The problem was that Aska’s wedding was in May. They’d have to wait a year for the prank, at which point Flame-back would probably have forgotten about the exploding raspberry pie.

    (Pf47 turns to see a blue-jay doubled over, laughing his tiny head off)

    Cody: Falcon, that story gets funnier every time you tell it.

    Pf47: Why, thank you for commending my storytelling skills.

    In my opinion, Cody’s prank is probably the best prank you could play on a guy friend of yours, whether he’s a bird or a human. Remember, this prank will only work if your guy friend has recently broken up with his girlfriend/bird. If he’s a bird, wait a few weeks, then write a note like the one Cody wrote to Flame-back and send it to your guy friend. If he’s a human, wait nine to ten months, and do the same. Or, if you’re lazy, send an “It’s a boy/girl!” card to your friend.

    (Flame-back returns to the room just as Pf47 makes his comment about the card)

    Flame-back: What was it you said about a card?

    Cody: Oh, nothing, Flame-back.

    (Flame-back looks around suspiciously, but is interrupted by Aska returning to the room)

    Aska: Cody! You’re finally here! Where have you been? You missed out on our little party.

    Cody: I just got caught up with some business back at the tree.

    Flame-back: Yeah, right. Business.

    (Pf47 shakes his head, still bewildered that the characters of Swordbird had suddenly appeared in his bedroom)

    Pf47: This is taking too long. That’s enough romantic stuff—

    Aska: Aww, but why? Don’t you all love romance?

    (Aska cuddles up next to Cody)

    Pf47: Well, we’ve talked about your love life for quite some time now. I think we should move on to some other aspects of your life, Aska. Because I think you could represent all of the Bluewingle and Sunrise tribes for your eager fans.

    (Aska blushes a deep red color)


  556. Dear Nancy,

    Thank you so much for writing Swordbird. It is an amazing book that truly drove my practice this year in my Grade 3 classroom.

    My students and I went through the book chapter by chapter, exploring story elements and painting our understandings in our Visual Journals. For Christmas each painted a beautiful dove surrounded by the symbols of Peace they chose.

    After we were done, they very much wanted to read Sword Quest, but our book budget was spent. Children began buying the book on their own so that we could share it and read together. At our Spring Assembly they chose 2 songs of Peace to share with the school. We explored the scientific aspects of the archaeopteryx and the other birds in the novel. When an artist worked with us on painting in the style of Alfred Pellan, we used the birds again from the story.

    The children had many questions for you and asked if we could write to you. I hope you have time to read their letters. Many said they were they best books they have ever read. Thank you for writing about such a difficult topic in such an amazing way that children and adults can discuss war, peace and friendship so openly and honestly.


    Ms Sherren

    Selected letters from Ms Sherren’s students:

    Hi, Nancy,

    I love your story. I like the art, action, and the danger.
    I am also very sad that Miltin died.
    My favorite chapter was Chapter 9 Danger.
    The art was beautiful, and I loved how you explained all of the characters.


    Dear Nancy,

    I just finished Swordbird. It was really cool. My favorite characters were Aska and Swordbird. Because Swordbird was powerful, big, fast and bright. And Aska was adventurous, cares for other birds and took a dangerous mission to get the Leasorn gem. My favorite part was when the food fight began.



    Dear Nancy,

    I just finished reading SWORDBIRD.
    SWORDBIRD rocks!!!
    Poor Miltin.
    Yah Turnatt or turnip is dead.
    Go SUNRISE !!!
    Boo Fortress Glooming.
    WHY Miltin WHY? WHY couln’t it be umm… some random thing?
    WHY birds? WHY not ME!!!?
    Don’t tell this to Turnip but he’s stupid.


    Dear Nancy,

    I just finished reading Swordbird.
    I was sad when Miltin died.
    Are Aska and Cody going to have babies?
    I was happy when Lord Turnatt died.
    I liked when Aska and Cody got married.
    Was it hard to write Swordbird?
    Is Swordbird coming in Sword Quest?
    I am working on books too!
    I published a book at School too!
    I can’t wait to read Sword Quest.


  557. Nancy Yi Fan may not be a Michael Ende or a Cornelia Funke, but I feel she can write in a far more coherent and adult way than Christopher Paolini can. From what I read from Yi Fan she seems to admire Paolini a lot… quite frankly, I prefer Yi Fan over Paolini.

    I think that Nancy Yi Fan is a really talented girl. Impressively so. I read her essay on Doctor Doolittle and it was amazing for someone of her age. I could not dream of getting one of my students to write that well and to be that profound. She is extremely bright and I really hope she continues writing. I can only imagine good things coming out of her pen with a little more life experience.

    —An Old Man

  558. 《劍鳥》


  559. Swordbird

    I bought this book for a class. The reports I got back is that the students really liked it. They seem to appreciate books out of the ordinary.

    —Isabelle Jolly


    I could not believe that a thirteen year old wrote this book!! What a great story and such real characters. Love, love, love this book. Recommend this book to anyone who thinks that children cannnot write just to prove them wrong.

    —Jessica Wilson

  561. Swordbird

    #1 read for the April 2010 Dewey’s Read-a-thon. Very cute, also loved the cover and inside drawings, I think I won’t ever look at your normal birds again without picturing them with swords and bows!

    —Shaunesay Eslanai

  562. Love the illustrations in this one, I think the Cardinal with all of his weapons strapped on is my favorite one. This was one of my reads during the April 2010 Dewey’s 24 hour read a thon.



    A story of hope intertwined with magic and rebellion.

    — Pia

  564. 《剑鸟》


    — 虎啸林

  565. Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    Thank you so much for writing SWORDBIRD. Even though I haven’t finished it, I can’t put the book down. Why did you use birds in the story, and not people? Is it because you have pet birds, or do you like learning about them? Is this the first bird book you have ever written, or do you have others? I can’t wait to finish my book!

    Your fan,


    I’m reading Sword Quest it’s a really good book. I’m a the part when Yin Soul looks for a hero and after two years he found one.I like this book alot i’ve only in the beginning of the book I got it today.Also I read Swordbird another book Nancy wrote which is like Sowrd Quest.:)


  567. 《尋》

    作者范褘13歲就出版處女作《劍鳥》,次年出版《尋》,屬於它的前傳;她是當前旅美華裔年紀最小的作家;她的作品,都先以英文完成,自己再譯成中文;這樣的背景,特別引起我注意。 讀這部作品,我有意外收穫;我認為它有武俠小說的「俠義」意味,但書中所有「人物」都是鳥類,由各種鳥類形成「正義」和「邪惡」兩個陣營;始祖鳥代表「邪惡」的一方,牠們長期欺壓其他鳥類;其他鳥類則因主張自由、正義而結盟,對抗始祖鳥。故事從一個預言開始,雙方都在尋找八顆不知散落何方的寶石和寶劍;始祖鳥的頭頭想取得寶劍以稱霸世界;一隻奴隸出身的白鳥和啄木鳥翼哥、金鷹福來多等,為尋找寶石和寶劍的線索,期待一位救世英雄「劍鳥」誕生;以愛、勇氣、正義、和平為主題,生動感人,極具啟示意義。 最後作者安排與白鳥風聲共患難的戰友啄木鳥翼哥、金鷹福來多以吟遊史詩方式吟唱「劍鳥之歌」,道出牠們在「尋劍之旅」中所學到、得到的珍貴體驗:「珍愛這個世界就像珍愛我們的家。/如果我們到處播種友好的種子,/我們會擁有千千萬萬的兄弟姊妹。/愛與關懷照亮了我們的世界,/它們能把你我帶近天神。」有如此體認,她能成功完成其每部都在十萬字以上的作品,實令人折服! 推薦者: 林煥彰(聯合報系泰國印尼世界日報前副刊主編)

  568. Sword Quest

    At the time that Nancy Yi Fan published this, she was 12 years old-isn’t that amazing? I love that every element needed to make this story as great as it can be is in there. The suspense, feeling and emotion are amazing, and the cover stands out on any bookshelf.

    The story itself is unique-there are hardly any fiction books on animals like birds or related to dinosaurs like this one. I thought the characters were unique-completely different from each other-and you could clearly tell who was evil, sho was defenseless, and who was just a servant. I loved the plot of this book-I had a problem putting it down, and I raced through it as fast as possible.

    The description and setting were crystal clear and easy to visualize and see. You could really relate to what happened to the story, and you could feel every emotion portrayed in this book like you actually were in it.


    Plot-cat (5 stars)

    Characters-cat (5 stars)

    Suspense-cat (5 stars)

    Ending-cat (5 stars)

    Cover-cat (5 stars)

    Setting/Description-cat (5 stars)


    —Luv, Beth


    As a mother who screens everything her 11-year-old daughter reads, and who is always looking for ways to encourage said daughter to express herself through writing, I was thrilled when American Girl magazine introduced us to Nancy Yi Fan’s “Swordbird”, published when the author was 12 years old. I bought the book in its first run, read it, and excitedly read it through in one sitting. The girl is brilliant, I thought, and had great hopes that my own said daughter would feel driven to read it and then start writing her own novel. It didn’t happen. It was not till this last week that said daughter finally picked up the book – because she had been earlier intimidated by such an achievement by one so young as herself! After she finally started reading “Swordbird” and finished it in one sitting (like I did) – she is asking for the prequel: “Sword Quest”! I cannot be more pleased! In her own words, here is how my daughter enjoyed the book:

    “The book ‘Swordbird’ by Nancy Yi Fan is a great book for anyone to read.

    “When evil Turnatt destroys the cardinals’ and blue jays’ friendship so he can eat their eggs as well as capture the birds to be his slaves to make him a fortress, Aska, a female blue jay finds out, and manages to get the blue jays and cardinals who used to live in peace, to live in peace again. Now, they must join together to help free the slave birds and kill Turnatt!!

    “Swordbird is their only hope. Unfortunately, to call him you need a Leasorn Gem, which only Miltin, an escaped slave bird, has.

    “In the end, of course, Swordbird kills Turnatt and everyone lives happily ever after.

    “My favorite part was when Aska and Cody get married and visit Miltin’s grave because it is so sad but happy at the same time. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves peace, birds and fantasy because this book is all about that. I give it five stars and two thumbs up.”

    — M. Lee

  570. Sword Bird by Nancy Yi Fan

    Hi, do you like fantasies -because I do and I just finished one named Sword Bird by Nancy Yi Fan. This story tells about different types of birds that get into wars and battles. Also, this tale tells about stones that have powers, but if the evil guys get the stones, they can take over and have the ruling power. If you want to know the ending of this story, you’ll have to read the book like I did. I loved the book because of all its pictures and the way the author made the story flow smoothly, too. So I hope you will like to read the story after reading this blog.

    —Windham County Bookbloggers

  571. I’m really in no position to judge Nancy’s book! I love to write, and people say I’m talented– most people who read my stories think I should publish them; but I want to be a normal kid and not have any kind of publicity, but I still want to get them published!!! However at the moment I’m in an imagination rut and I can’t think of ANY ideas… reading Nancy’s books gave me a boost and made me know it was possible, though I still can’t think of anything. 🙂 But anyway, on the book: definitely a groundbreaker! Love the message. In fact I was thinking about using that message in my story and using birds but, looks like it’s taken, lol. and Nancy did a much better job than I could have done. ~ I’ll have to say that, though the writing is not as sophisticated or smooth as most books by adult authors, Nancy is WAY talented and will probably grow up to be an amazing writer! I liked Sword Quest much better; it was more flowing, better developed and kept my attention better. The villain was also more developed and much more interesting; because, instead of being pure evil like Turnatt, he actually made me empathize with him. Poor Maldeor. 😦 ~ Although, there were afew inaccuracies (it mentions the stockier, bigger cardinals as opposed to lighter blue jays when, in reality blue jays are much bigger than cardinals,) I loved those books. I mean who cares about a few mistakes? You go girl! ~ Also (sorry I’m being long winded) I thought Turnatt was a female for the first part of Swordbird! Isn’t that hilarious? Then I realized that he was a ‘he’ not a ‘she.’ I guess I just thought, since female hawks are bigger than male hawks it would make sense for the hawk villain to be female. I like the touch of having a male hawk though, now that I think of it: defying the stereotype of bigger = eviller. Nice.

    All in all, the things I liked most were the message and the little details– and Ewingerale! Winger rocks! Keep at it Nancy– can’t wait for Sword Mountain.

    — Dezba


    I loved your book. I was captivated from the first page and was so excited to be reading something written from the hands of a young kid. I have always believed that kids can change the world! You have proved that. Sword Bird was amazing as well as entertaining. Its in the front of my bookshelf, a place where I can easily grab it when my family goes on a short trip. You have amazing talent!



    Sword Quest was written by Nancy Yi Fan, a twelve-year-old Chinese-American girl, and it’s about one bird’s quest for peace in a time of war. I really enjoyed it because it reminded me how important peace is, which is very fitting considering Peace Day is only a few weeks away. It’s sequel is Sword Bird, which I also own but haven’t read it.

    — Rebecca


    I read this book a couple of years ago, and I could NOT believe that a twelve/thirteen-year-old had written this book. I recommended this book to the school librarian, and she told me that the author’s first language wasn’t even English. I absolutely loved this book, and I’m so glad I read it.

    — Emily


    I read it when I was the same age as the age Nancy Yi Fan was when she wrote it and I’m not much older now. I think the story was wonderful and created a different picture about how people care about animals like birds that are put in risk. Although it was fiction, it still told the reader a message. I would love to read another book written by Nancy.


  576. Swordbird

    My fav book was Swordbird,i like it cuz it has a lot of action and interesting parts that happen. Its reaallly awsome.

    from Mrs Tomberlin’s class


    Very Enjoyable!
    When my mom brought me this book i started to read it right away I was hooked I couldn’t put it down! I was amazed at what she did and it inspired me to start to write many stories about animals myself!

    — Genevieve age 9

  578. Swordbird

    This an excellent book. It shows a powerful journey that gives you a life lesson. Shows that no matter how little or how strong anyone can do it if they work hard.

    — Hayley

  579. Hello bird lovers!
    If you are one for birds, then Swordbird and Swordquest are the books for you! They have become my two favorite books, and Nancy inspired a lot of people to write books, especially youths! I’m reading the books again for the third time. Nancy, YOU ROCK

  580. Swordbird IS a very good read. I highly recommend it if only to show to kids everywhere that being a kid and publishing a popular book is within the realm of possibility!

  581. Hello! My name is Poiema. I can’t believe you wrote this book when you were twelve! I’m twelve right now, and I absolutely L-O-V-E-D your book. I can’t wait to read your Swordquest. You are so inspiring for writing, peace, and kindness. I like to write little things, to read, and definitely animals, so your style of writing is ingenious in my opinion! Thanks for magical literature!

    ~A Twelve-Year-Old Fan~

  582. Good details! Swordbird is a good book!
    — Sigrid Harmon


    Dear Nancy Yi Fan,

    I really enjoyed reading your books, SWORDBIRD and SWORD QUEST. I first heard about you when AMERICAN GILR magazine wrote an article about you, and I immediately wanted to read SWORDBIRD, but I couldn’t find it anywhere for a long time. When I finally discovered it in a used bookstore, I was overjoyed! I stayed up late, reading it eagerly. I loved how you did not simply pick one character and tell the story from their point of view, but from many different characters’ view points. I enjoyed how you were very carefully to eliminate any mentions of humans, ex.:”everybird, wing tip-up, tipclaw, etc.” I loved how you were detailed in descriptions, but not overly so. I especially enjoyed the emotion you put into every page. Some books I have read have told the story so abstractly, as though you were looking at a painting. But with SWORDBIRD, I was THERE. I could feel what the characters were feeling. It was amazing. I especially loved Miltin. You did his character just perfectly. SWORDBIRD is definitely one of the best books I have ever read.

    When I finished reading it, I knew exactly what I was going to do next. Read it to Merideth! Merideth is my parakeet. He is a male, but I did not know that when I named him! I kept his name so he would be confused. Merideth is a very shy bird, and he has resisted all efforts at hand-taming. Since I am in high school, I am very busy. In order to keep him from becoming bored, I play the radio almost constantly, give him many toys, and read books aloud to him. I had noticed that many of the books I read to him did not mention birds very much, so, the next morning, I began reading SWORDBIRD to Merideth. When I had read to him before, he had sat in his favorite corner, listing, but not incredibly interested. When I read SWORDBIRD, he really paid attention, eyes wide, and would scoot closer to me on his perch. He would also give me an indignant look if I stopped. When Miltin died, he refused to eat or play with his toys for the rest of that whole day! When the birds were singing, “The Song of Swordbird,” he sang too! However, the end did come, and when it did, he looked quite gloomy. But then I turned to the back of the book and saw an advertisement for SWORD QUEST. “Look, Merideth!” I cried, “There’s another one!” He perked up immediately!

    I requested SWORD QUEST on interlibrary loan, and when it finally arrived, I read it eagerly. Again, you did wonderfully on every character and description, and then emotion was perfect. I loved how you explained everything, and how ever thing fit in perfectly with SWORDBIRD. I especially liked how you wrote Wind-voice’s character, and especially how he didn’t know who the hero was. He didn’t even dare to think it could be him, he kept waiting for the hero to come, right up till the end. SWORD QUEST is also one of the best books I have ever read. I do not own it yet, but it is only Christmas list, underlined and circled!

    I then read SWORD QUEST to Merideth. He, again, was so eager and happy when I read to him. I watched him carefully when I read about Stormac’ death. When Stormac was about to die, Merideth stretched out to his full height, eyes wide, chirping very quietly, as if saying, “No! No!” when Stormac did die, Merideth stopped chirping, and his little head slumped forward on his feathers. He did not eat or play with his toys for the rest of THAT day, too! And at the end, when all the birds are cheering for Wind-voice, Merideth chirped and squawked and shrieked as much as I have ever heard him do before at one time!

    So, there you have it. You have the best books ever! They’re even bird-approved! Merideth is sitting next to me as I write this letter. From both of us, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!


    Rebecca (age 15) and Merideth (age 2)


    This tale is written for younger readers with birds of all types as the characters. The evil bird lord is a one eyed hawk who bullies and leads an army of renegade crows and ravens. His goal is to rule the nesting areas and enslave other birds to build his fortress and compound. All other birds are the good guys and the young reader may be searching for a bird guide to see what these birds look like. The messages are peace, harmony and freedom The good birds are defended by Swordbird, summo…moreThis tale is written for younger readers with birds of all types as the characters. The evil bird lord is a one eyed hawk who bullies and leads an army of renegade crows and ravens. His goal is to rule the nesting areas and enslave other birds to build his fortress and compound. All other birds are the good guys and the young reader may be searching for a bird guide to see what these birds look like. The messages are peace, harmony and freedom The good birds are defended by Swordbird, summoned through the use of a special stone and a song. It’s a fun read that parents and grandparents would enjoy sharing with the children in their lives.



    This book was really good! I loved how well this young author wrote this book.

    — Samantha


    I finished in 1 day and it was just like one of the best books ever! 2 rivals, the blue jay and the cardinals fight to free the slaves. Blue Jays are trying to stop, but they cannot acomplish,. It brings hate, misery, pain, and death. But only the Golden Bird can stop this nonsence and bring peace betweent these rivals. WIll the Golden Bird accomplish it or will there be more war?
    I would reccomend this book to people who like warriors(the cat serires).



    I am a third grade boy and I read your amazing book Swordbird.
    Your book was magnificent. One part I liked about the book was when Slimebeak and his soldiers attacked during the full moon festivival. I liked the action in in that scence. The second thing I liked about the book was the epilogue because Cody and Aska get married and visit Miltin’s grave and Aska places one of Swordbird’s feathers at his grave. One part I disliked about the book was when Miltin returns from the White Cap Mountains and dies.
    I have been wondering how you got the names of the birds. The birds I liked the most were Miltin, Shadow, and Turnatt. I am bummed because Turnatt dies when Swordbird points his sword and then he instantly burst into flames.

    — Cayden


    This is the best book I have ever read!!! -in my entire life.

    — Sarah


    The quest for most things can be in hopes to achieve love, peace, freedom, or justice, yet, usually in the process of receiving the desired object, hatred, war, distrust, and turmoil can occur. “Sword Quest” metaphorically exposes this difficult process of going after something to gain a hopefully good result. However, the journey is a challenging process that tests the ones moral values and purpose.

    I found the characters of the birds to have very entertaining personalities. The birds are given human-like qualities in the novel. The birds have interesting qualities and the different types could represent different races with different ideals. The Maldeor quest for gems and eventually the sword led to his self-destruction. Moreover, teh virtuous Wind-voice, Swordbird, concurs Maldeor to preserve peace, unlike Maldeor’s fight for his own glory.

    I enjoyed excerpt preceding each chapter from the Old Scripture. These wise quotes seemed to foreshadow the events to occur in the chapter. Although, the text from the Old Scripture would not give the novel’s entire message away, instead, by acting as a tease to hint at what might occur and llet the reader figure the rest out.

    The birds have some beautiful qualities from colors tomusically talented to even spititual qualities. The color imagery gives the story the deeper roots for a metaphorically story of good verses evil. The White Guardian illustrates the good Swordbird that concurs teh selfish Maldeor. The pure white portrays the bird honest and humble persona to act for the good of others and not for himself. The pictures in the novel are more dramatic and detailed leading to the finale climax. I did not find the pictures necessary for the novel because the descriptions are sufficient and when I read a book I like to visual used my own imagination. Since the books is geared towards potentially a young audience and the writer was only fourteen year old I understand the reasoning behind the use of pictures.

    Finally, “Sword Quest” was a unique book that I normally would not pick out at a library or bookstore. i enjoyed reading this book because of the journey and depth of description of how selfish desires can corrupt someone. This beautiful story has wise foreshadowing ideas through music and Old Scripture sayings. I would recommend this story to people that enjoy nature and want a simple read with some important values that many often overlook.

    —L. Lundberg


    The story SWORDBIRD has a lot of hidden meanings and philosophies. Miltin’s Courage is an indication that a hero doesn’t have to be extraordinary in any way; a hero is someone that , at critical times, is willing to risk themselves to help others. When the slave birds in teh compound were discussing their plan to escape, Miltin was the one that took the job to trick Bug-eye. Another philosophy is never judge a book by its cover: Aska and Miltin, one is a girl and the other is badly wounded, but they managed to retrieve Leasorn because they had the heart and the courage to finish the job. Aska’s adventures also told of the fact that the most memorable times are teh peaceful times, and the memorable person is one that went through life and death with you. In the first chapter of the book, during the fight between cardinals and blue jays, Aska thought of the peaceful time when the two clans live happily together. The last chapter of the book, however, told of the most memorable person, which was Miltin, who died in the adventure of seeking for the Leasorn stone. The story also hinted that of the road of success, half of it may be outside help and guidance, but the other half is your own love and determination to be successful. This logic can be found in the calling for the Swordbird: the first song to call Swordbird is in the Old Scripture, but the second song, the song that really make the Swordbird stay and help is in the singer desire for Swordbird, peace, and freedom. Lastly, the story has an overall logic in the defeat of the Turnatt, good will alwasy win over evil. Because the justice birds are willing to fight for their homes while the evil birds would scatter in the face of danger.

    — K.L. Dong

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