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Growing Wings by [Winter, Laurel]
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Length: 205 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 7 - 10 Grade Level: 3 - 7

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Amazon.com Review

When 11-year-old Linnet discovers she is growing wings, her bewilderment is confounded by her mother's obvious distress. As it turns out, her mother also grew wings on the cusp of adolescence, only to have them cut off by her mother. Linnet's life seems to speed up rapidly after her shocking discovery; she soon finds herself alone on her estranged grandmother's doorstep, and shortly thereafter, at a type of secret residence for winged people like herself. As she tries to adapt to a life she never expected, Linnet struggles with desires common to anyone who has ever wanted desperately to fit in, while simultaneously seeking to embrace uniqueness.

This unusual novel will strike a chord with young readers who long to both blend in and stand out. Linnet is a sensitive, strong, fallible girl, easy to relate to (in spite of her unusual physical traits). Her adventures as she tries to learn how to fly (just having wings isn't enough--it takes hard work and practice), make friends, find her mother, and, with her winged community, avoid being noticed by the media, make for an entirely new kind of science fiction-fantasy story--one that soars. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

Eleven-year-old Linnet, the sympathetic protagonist of this flawed first novel, is confused when she begins to grow feathered wings. Her overwhelmed mother, Sarah, whose own wings had been cruelly chopped off by her mother, refuses to amputate them, but doesn't know what to do. As soon as school lets out for vacation, Sarah drives Linnet off to Wyoming, where Sarah's mother lives. Sarah abruptly disappears, apparently having abandoned Linnet. Resourceful Linnet finds her way to her grandmother, who, remorseful and a "cutwing" herself, brings Linnet to a hidden refuge for people like her. Here, where the story should take off, it begins to grow muddled. Stuffed into the plot are descriptions of Linnet's competitive friendship with a sharp-tongued and winged teenage girl named Andy, their attempts to fly, Linnet's reconciliation with her mother, and a pair of tabloid reporters snooping around the house. Near the end, Linnet discovers a wider network of people with wings (they even have a Web site). She must decide whether to stay at the safe house, go with the network or follow Andy's conviction that they go public and let the world learn to accept them. Readers may be touched by Linnet's plight ("Could she be some sort of mutant, like the three-legged frogs they'd studied in science, changed by pollution or radiation or something?" she worries initially) or captivated by Linnet and Andy's first successful flight with water wings full of helium attached. But Winter moves too quickly from these moments, making it difficult for her story to soar. Ages 10-14. (Oct.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 534 KB
  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Reprint edition (January 18, 2010)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2010
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038AUY82
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I admit, I was drawn by my strange interest in winged people in general (fairies, angels, vampires, or just people with wings). I was surprised to find the subject dealt with so practically and realistically. Winter is an incredibly gifted writer, whose sentences are striking, spare, and powerful. However, some of the other reviewers are right; not a whole lot happens in the book and the ending is inconclusive and abrupt. Because of this, the book may appeal more to adults than to children, but it is not one to be overlooked.
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My mom ordered this book for me because she met Laurel Winter at the Celtic Women's Conference last year and had been waiting for the book to be published. It finally arrived and once I started it, I couldn't put it down! It was a really different book. I have never read a book like that before. Ms. Winter has a lot of imagination to come up with all that stuff. I hope she writes more books soon! I also hope she comes back to the Celtic Women's Conference again this year so I can come and meet her and get my book autographed! It was awesome!!!
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Although it is currently being marketed as a children's or young adult book, Growing Wings shouldn't be limited by this classification. Anyone who has ever felt other, outcast, or even just a little different, will relate to Linnet and her struggles once she begins to grow wings.
Laurel Winter has drawn very believable characters with genuine strengths, weaknesses, and emotions. The circumstances are unusual, wondrous, and a bit frightening in their uncertainty.
If you have ever dreamed of the fantastic, you will enjoy this story.
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By A Customer on August 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Both adults and young adults should enjoy this book. It is about a young girl, Linnet, who actually starts to grow wings. The book follows her as she tries to hide them from the world and eventually comes to terms with her wingedness. Along the way she meets other winged folk who help her. One great aspect is that since this is sci-fi and not fantasy, she can't really fly (at least not at first). For humans to fly, the wings would have to be huge, which these are not. Part of the story is about her attempts to fly and her adventures in avoiding the press. In the end the story is about how society treats those who are different from the norm and whether those people should be hidden away or be able to live openly as winged people. It is very suspense-filled and the chapter-ending cliffhangers will keep you turning the pages. I think young-adults especially will love it.
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I was disappointed with Growing Wings. Laurel Winter did an excellent job creating interesting characters with good imagery and wrote well, but there was a lack of purpose to the book.

Linnet is an eleven-year-old girl who begins to grow wings. Her mother, who also grew wings but had them cut off, abandons her at a motel near her grandmother's house. Linnet gets in contact with her grandmother and she takes Linnet to a haven of sorts where some other winged-people live in hiding. The book focuses on Linnet's relationship with these people and how she deals with deciding how to live her life - as an abnormal teenager with wings.

The entire book feels a little rushed and ends abruptly with a couple of things unresolved: her relationship with her grandmother, her schooling, and her relationship with her mother isn't entirely figured out. I don't feel that there was any conflict that was overcome or any understandable focus.

There is a little bit of cursing in the book, but nothing else violent or inappropriate. The book was written well and introduced some interesting ideas: trying to find one's place in the world and learning to love oneself despite being different. It may be a good read for Young Adults and teenagers, but I wouldn't recommend it for children (too mature themes). It does pick up pretty quick and didn't take very long to get into -and understand - the story.

Despite the aimless roving of the story, it was an interesting-enough read. I wouldn't recommend it as a captivating novel of significant substance, but it was okay.
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I would recommend this for the 10+ age group. It is not a very involved story, but deals with a mother leaving her child. It also has some graphic detail about those who had had their wings cut off. For an adult, it was what I call "lunchtime" reading, a fast, easy read. Younger children might not understand the story.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Have you ever experienced something...out of the ordinary? In the novel Growing Wings, by Laurel Winter, one of the protagonists, Linnet, discovers something a bit odd about herself at age eleven.

Her mother always was a bit mysterious when it came to family matters. Linnet finally has the guts to ask her mother the question lurking in her mind: What are those things coming out of my back?! Her mother answers, "Wings-you're growing wings" (p. 2). With that said, Sarah and Linnet's hidden secrets were revealed. Sarah's mother bonded and amputated her wings after being a `cut-wing' herself! Knowing what it felt like, Sarah refuses to let the same happen to her daughter. Linnet survives the rest of her school year hiding her `secret' behind her long hair and big shirts. As soon as school is out, her mother and she leave to Wyoming, where Sarah's past lurks. On the trip, it seems that Sarah has abandoned Linnet at a hotel! On her own, she finds her grandmother and is shortly escorted to a sanctuary where she finds others like herself.

Though that would sound like a nice ending, it is not quite! There she faces many conflicts: internal and external. She finds herself fighting against and then being best friends with one of the girls, Andy. Even with these `moood swings,' together they conquer the dangers and journeys that come their way. They escape reporters looking for some winged people, and have discovered a way to fly!

I chose this book because it was filled with surprises and unique situations. The book is often intellectual and is blessed with beautiful quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

`"Hope" is the thing with feathers-

That perches in the soul-

-Emily Dickinson' (p. 47)

It is a short and easy read. You have nothing to lose!

If you are in for a terrific fantasy and adventure book, here is your chance! Get to a book store or library now!
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