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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (July 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803735669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803735668
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-Rigidly controlled by her father and striving desperately to be the perfect daughter he envisions, Frenenqer Paje, 17, moves through her overprotected life in a state of numb obedience and boredom. The stifling culture and heat of the desert oasis where she lives makes any rebellious behavior futile, but her spirit is bigger than she realizes. When she disobeys her father and rescues an abused cat from an Animal Souk, she changes her life. No ordinary feline, Sangris is a Free person, a shape-shifter not bound by rules. Though the idea of it nearly paralyzes her with fear, Frenenqer can't resist Sangris's offer to take her somewhere-anywhere-and the two set off to visit the places where they have lived throughout their nomadic lives. Sangris, who can grow wings at a whim, transforms himself into a gargoyle at first, because Frenenqer is so timid about touching a member of the opposite sex. But as their friendship grows, she is more and more attracted to the handsome, nearly human form he assumes around her. Sangris realizes that complete freedom can be lonely, and that he wants more than camaraderie. When he presses the issue, Frenenqer ends their friendship. With the guidance of a remarkable friend, she hits upon a clever solution to soften her father's rules. And once her issues with him begin to resolve, she finds that she can reach out to Sangris as more than a friend. Told in lush, beautiful language that explores the minutiae of expression and feeling of two lost souls, this novel will resonate with readers experiencing the first flush of desire and the confusion it brings.-Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* Frenenqer—a name meaning restraint—was born inside her father’s imagination and sculpted into his vision of the perfect daughter. She has felt his invisible finger between her shoulder blades her whole life, forcing her meek, obedient, and modest actions. To compound the oppression, Frenenqer lives in a blazingly hot oasis in a Middle Eastern desert, marked by dirty white buildings, an unforgiving landscape, and no place to go, save to school and back home again. In an act of defiance, Frenenqer saves a black cat from certain death at the animal souk and brings him home. The cat is a shape-shifter, a Free person whom Frenenqer names Sangris. He has no constraints, no family, no rules to follow. Sangris, often taking the form of a boy, sprouts wings, and Frenenqer flies with him at night to places both real and magical. It’s this juxtaposition of subjugation and freedom that propels Rossetti’s spellbinding debut, as a girl owned by her father begins to experience life outside of narrowly defined spaces. With taut, lush writing (“the wind shut my eyes for me and rioted in my hair”), a stunningly imagined setting, and a premise that’s unique among the stacks of paranormal romances, this one—written when Rossetti was a teenager—feels like a breeze in the desert. Grades 7-12. --Ann Kelley

More About the Author

Rinsai Rossetti's first day on earth was spent in a huge tropical storm which cut the power lines and brought century-old trees crashing down. She hopes the two events weren't related.

After that auspicious start, she spent many years sitting in an Emirati desert staring at the moon. Her first book is The Girl With Borrowed Wings.

www.rinsairossetti.com

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I thought that Nenner was a bit annoying at first, because she didn't seem to have much of a will of her own, but I was surprised at how strong she really was.
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Frenenqer is afraid to step outside of her father's rules, as well as the rules of society, and Sangris pushes her to ignore them all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Liviania VINE VOICE on July 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Right now, I feel very unaccomplished. Rinsai Rossetti is currently twenty one and wrote the first draft of THE GIRL WITH BORROWED WINGS when she was eighteen. I'm twenty three and have yet to write anything as beautiful or as wonderful as Rossetti's debut.

Frenenqer Paje lives the way her father wants her to live. He dreamed of a perfect, submissive, quiet daughter and Frenenqer will be that girl no matter her natural inclinations. He keeps her in her room except for when she goes to the local English-speaking school where she gets a low-quality education. She couldn't really go out if she wanted to, since the streets of the oasis (in an unnamed Middle Eastern country) aren't safe for a lone teen girl. Frenenqer tries to stay within the bounds, escaping only through her books and a dream that she was supposed to be born with wings and she can feel the phantom of them on her back.

Then she meets a boy without a name, a Free person, unbound by any rules. He can shapeshift and travel between worlds and he can take Frenenqer flying. Soon she names him Sangris and he calls her Nenner, a name much lighter than the one of her father's expectations. But as the two grow closer, they become quarrelsome. Frenenqer is afraid to step outside of her father's rules, as well as the rules of society, and Sangris pushes her to ignore them all. Above all else, Sangris is free, and he fears the limits of Nenner's affections.

It's girl-meet-boy filtered through the fantastical lens of magical realism and told in Rossetti's gorgeous, poetic prose. But in addition to the romance, it's Frenenqer's discovery of herself.

"I'm young!" I shouted at him in exhilaration.
"What?"
"I'm young!"
His gaze flickered over me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Kamata on October 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Like her protagonist, Frenenqer Paje (how do you pronounce that, anyway?), author Rossetti is a Third Culture Kid, having lived in Thailand, Canada, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries. I've heard that kids who move around a lot due to their parents' jobs as diplomats or Shell employees or ESL teachers or whatever, often have trouble forming relationships later in life. This is certainly true of Frenenqer, who lives with her parents in an unnamed desert country and attends an international school with other TCKs: "After all my time in the oasis, I was used to watching frineds disappear in the distance. Other than Sangris, none of them ever left a lasting impression. The fact is, you can't be sad every time someone leaves - you'd have no tears left. The only way to adapt is by turning away."

In most contemporary fantasy romances, the love interest's supernatural characteristics are the major impediment to a lasting relationship. The guy turns into a wolf, say, or happens to be a vampire. Or he actually lives in another era. In this case, Sangris, the shapeshifter who first appears to Frenenqer in the form of a cat at the Animal Souk, is perhaps the ideal boyfriend for a girl with a temporary address. Sangris has wings, and he can fly anywhere, so if her parents decide to up and move, he can still see her at her next location. The thing that gets in the way is Frenenqer herself, and her inability to form relationships.

Part of this problem is due to her control freak father - a man who insists that she close the door without making a sound, and makes her practice over and over again when she inadvertently slams it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Wolfinbarger on September 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up while standing at the library, waiting for my son to find a book. I had no expectations. I spent 4 glorious reading this book. I savored every second and even went back to re-read how the characters met about half way through the book to make sure I didn't miss anything. I was entranced by the story.

The author conducted her subject matter expertly. One of my first post-read thoughts was, if only The Twilight Series had been this well written... But there really is no comparison.

Rinsai, please write more books. Take your time and write them well. I will wait. Masterfully done, my dear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rose on December 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! I loved the adventure, romance, and all the other wonderful things that made up this book. I absolutely loved all the characters, especially Anju who my sister said was a lot like myself. I don't remember reading a book for so many hours straight before. Well great job and may you forever make more great, wonderful, fabulous, awesome, and amazing books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on November 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I don't often give 5-star reviews, but THE GIRL WITH BORROWED WINGS is one of the most heart-touching, gut-wrenching, beautifully written books I've read. Ever. And I've read a lot of books. It will be one of those books I read again and again until the cover is worn and pages tattered. The chapter, IN WHICH I JUMP OUT THE WINDOW, is what totally did me in. Throughout the book I vacillated between feeling extreme sympathy for Frenenqer "Nenner" Paje because of the repressive conditions under which she lives and, as a grown woman living in the Western world, wanting to shake some sense in to her. But it's her best friends Anju and Sangris who are able, bit by bit, to lift Frenenqer's metaphorical shroud and reveal the "Nenner" underneath so that she is free to live and love.

Buy it. Read it. Love it.
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