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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (May 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670786063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670786060
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This novel is a heartwarming multi-generational tale of loss, grief, first love, and forgiveness. Sixteen-year-old Jennifer becomes the catalyst in not only her own family's transformation, but that of a close neighboring family, as well. When Jennifer discovers a picture of an aunt she never knew existed, she sets a series of events in motion. Determined to meet the aunt, Jennifer defies her mother, leaves Nebraska, and travels across the country to Maine. What she finds in Smithport is not only a loving aunt, but also a first love, new friends, old family secrets, and a feeling of "home" near the Atlantic ocean. With the assistance of an aging movie star and the handsome boy next door, Jennifer persuades Claire, her mother, to come home to Smithport to make amends with her estranged sister Sarah. Claire's reluctance to forgive Sarah is pushed aside as they help Jennifer search for a missing friend. The search, and Jennifer, draw both the sisters and the siblings of the neighboring family closer. Though things conclude far from perfectly, hope in many forms dominates the end of Jennifer's story. Quotes from famous poems and other literary works are woven into the tale, helping characters express difficult emotions and pulling readers deeper into this thoughtful tale of reconnection and redemption. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

From School Library Journal

Gr 6-9-While paging through an old paperback, 16-year-old Jennifer finds a photograph of a woman with a familiar face. At first, her family won't tell her who it is, but, when pressed, her dad reveals that it's her mother's older sister, Sarah, who Jennifer didn't know existed. After recovering from this revelation, she and her best friend, Cleo, turn to detecting. Using Google and even a good old-fashioned phone book, they track down this mysterious relative. Despite her mother's vehement protests, Jennifer convinces her parents to let her visit her aunt in small-town Maine. There she soaks up the culture, hobnobbing with local eccentrics, falling in love with the ocean and with the troubled, genius next door, and participating in her aunt's tradition of reading favorite lines from poems or novels aloud each night. One of the town's charming residents, an aging former movie star known as Little, convinces Jennifer to encourage her mother to return and confront her past. Jennifer is a well-drawn teen striving to find her place in the world and adopting different identities along the way. Her adventures are compelling, but the consistent high pitch of family drama and emotion throughout make the book a little one note. The lengthy descriptive passages slow the pacing a bit, but readers who enjoy gentle romances and family secrets-perhaps those who have recently outgrown books like Suzanne LaFleur's Eight Keys (Random) and Wendy Mass's 13 Gifts (Scholastic, both 2011)-will follow Jennifer through all 400-plus pages.-Gesse Stark-Smith, Multnomah County Library, Portland, ORα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

More About the Author

Regina Sirois is 90% reader and 10% writer, and as such, her loyalty lies with readers. She believes a book should do more than mildly entertain- it should change us. She graduated summa cum laude from Missouri State's Department of History and English and settled in the golden wheat fields of Kansas with her High School love. She is currently doing laundry (probably) and raising her two daughters. She fell in love the day she learned to read and cried the first time she did a word problem in math ("But it's not a problem..." sob, sob. "It's a story!"). In her debut novel, "On Little Wings," Regina Sirois holds nothing back as she dares to make us believe.

Customer Reviews

I loved all the character and all of their stories.
Candace
Thank you, Regina Sirois, I can't wait to see what you bring us next.
D. M. Moore
This book is filled with beautiful images and words.
B. Powell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Thomson on March 15, 2012
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I should have posted this review two months ago. Like any good book, no like any great book, the story still hasn't left me, and I find myself logged into Amazon and sharing my recommendation long after I 'turned' the last page.

I've seen some reviews mention the author as a wordsmith, and I agree. Thunderstorms are visually beautiful and inspiring events, but Sirois uses lush poetic prose to make them a thing of art through writing. And that's just one example of the way she uses her mastery of language to inspire.

I've seen some reviews mention the plot as simplistic. I didn't need it to be complex. The characters, the setting, the writing; those were what compelled me through the story, so that I felt as much in love with Nebraska and Maine as Jennifer, the main character.

This book, and its author, are a gift, wrapped in delicious storytelling, with a beautiful cover as the bow. Don't miss it!
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By T. Westhoff on January 5, 2012
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Oh how I loved this book! It was great writing! It was long enough to make me sit down and read for more than a couple of hours! Hurray! I desperately wanted to read, even when I was supposed to be cleaning right before the babysitter came, but I had to know what would happen before I could clean! (Don't worry the 45 minutes we had after I finished gave us time to clean the main floor) I loved the ending, I didn't feel like it was abrupt or left us hanging (too much). I also liked that there wasn't an epilogue, but a list of where we could find all of the awesome poems used in the book! I love, love, love the characters! They were all very real, with understandable hopes, dreams, frustrations... There were a lot of laugh-out-loud parts that I HAD to read to my husband! I only got tears in my eyes once, so I'm a happy camper! As for Jennifer, I hope to convince my kids that they shouldn't be interested in the opposite sex until they're at least 16! That sounds like a really good plan to me!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gaby Lucas on January 6, 2012
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"Laughing through tears" is the first thing that comes to mind. This story literally carried me through a roller coaster of emotions -from laughing out loud, to literal tears- from which I didn't want to get off. Regina Sirois provides such luscious, rich and organic descriptions for all their characters and I couldn't help but fall in love with every single one of them.

I plan to read more stories from my new favorite author.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Aimee Brown on February 23, 2012
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This book is full of human heartache that stems from the harsh realities that life brings. The pain of loss, the loss of love, mistakes made, forgiveness withheld. So many secrets that carry such a burden, as most secrets do. Jennifer finds herself in the middle of all these things without fully understanding any of it.

This is what my husband would call a full-on drama. Yes, On Little Wings was most certainly a drama. It reminded me how fragile yet strong human emotions can be. What a waste of time it is nursing hurts and grudges. So many people lose out. The writing drew me in and made me a part of every emotion surrounding Jennifer.

Jennifer's strength and determination to find answers and heal relationships is admirable. I enjoyed the journey she went on through this book. Every person she met played a part in her growth and learning. Even for all the heartache that surrounded her, in every person, there was also a little hope to be found. Thank goodness.

I loved the coastal setting in Maine. The descriptions were rich and filled my mind with such pretty pictures. I'd love to travel the coast of Maine one day.

My favorite smile moment in the book was this: "I got some Baklava, if you want some. My nephew sent it. He gets my birthday wrong every year, poor idiot."

Content wise there is some mild swearing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karen C. Clark on January 5, 2012
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Regina Sirois' first novel is breathtaking. From her poetic descriptions to the gripping plot, this is a MUST READ!!! The characters are so three-dimensional, you could almost swear that a trip to Maine would reveal these same people, this same story in real life. You will be begging for more before you reach the last page. LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT!!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Swinton on January 4, 2012
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Be prepared to read this in one sitting because you will not want to put it down! In her debut book, and I hope there are more to come, Regina Sirois paints scenery and characters with the seasoned eloquence of a best selling author. Be ready to discover all that Jennifer does when she learns a family secret unveiled after sixteen years. Travel with her from the golden fields of Nebraska to the cool waters of Maine where a new family and first crush await her. No one can touch Ms. Sirois style or voice. Be prepared to love On Little Wings.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Runyan Svacina on January 5, 2012
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Regina Sirois handles words in a way that reminds me of blowing a dandelion flower....it seems to flow so effortlessly, and yet it is almost magical in its final result. The story itself, kept me intriqued as I turned each page and gained deeper insights into characters I wanted to know and understand more and more! And if ever a writer could paint visual pictures without boring the reader, it is this author, Regina Sirois! Before you read this book, prepare yourself for the emotionally uplifting experience this story will bring into your heart. This is NOT a book to simply sit back and read. You WILL become personally involved! And when I finished, I didn't finish...which is my true test of an excellent book. I kept thinking about it, and as I did, I noticed that my heart felt lighter, my mind more enriched, and my spirit more creative for having read this heartwarming story.
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