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Wild Bird Hardcover – September 5, 2017
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Praise for Wild Bird:
"Van Draanen’s Wren is real and relatable, and readers will root for her in spite of her negative behaviors." — VOYA, starred review
"Riveting... Van Draanen makes palpable both the outer desert landscape and Wren's intense inner emotions. A memorable book about family, friendship, forgiveness, and second chances." -- Kirkus Reviews
"A strikingly raw and emotional story. The first-person narrative perfectly captures Wren’s cynical yet vulnerable teen voice." -- SLJ
"I read Wild Bird in one long mesmerized gulp. Wren will break your heart—and then mend it." —Nancy Werlin, National Book Award finalist for The Rules of Survival
"Engrossing and inspiring." -- PW
“This was an absolute one-sit read and I recommend it highly.” —Rene Kirkpatrick, University Bookstore, Seattle
“Wow! This book is a gem. I could feel the heat, the cold, the fear and frustration at every turn of the page.” —Valerie Lewis, Hicklebee's Bookstore
“An exhilarating story of survival and second chances.” —Dana Reinhardt, author of Tell Us Something True
“Wild Bird grabbed me by the wrist on page one—it’s riveting.” —Jenny Hubbard, author of And We Stay, a Printz Honor Book
"An involving tale of a middle-schooler who took a very wrong turn but manages to straighten her own path." -- Bulletin
About the Author
Wendelin Van Draanen is the author of many beloved and award-winning books. For middle graders, she’s written The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones, Swear to Howdy, and the Sammy Keyes mystery series. For teens and tweens, there’s Flipped, The Running Dream, Confessions of a Serial Kisser, and Runaway. And for younger readers, check out the Shredderman quartet and the Gecko and Sticky series. Wendelin Van Draanen lives in central California with her husband and two sons. Find her on the Web at WendelinVanDraanen.com or on Twitter: @WendelinVanD.
Top customer reviews
I am a HUGE fan of this book. Actually, I would love to love to be able to attend a program like Wren does to see what kind of person I would come out as on the other side. Wren is a very relatable character, which is a good and bad thing. Ms. Van Draanen has done a wonderful job of creating Wren, her family and their dynamic, and situation. It's also unfortunate that the situation Wren is in IS so relatable. Though it's been awhile since I was Wren's age, I can vividly remember having the same feelings of loneliness after moving to a new school, the same feelings of not living up to expectations, the same feelings of not being understood or listened to by my parents. Making the right choices were not always easy back then, and with social media in the mix and no real escape from peer pressure, it's scarily easy to see how a girl like Wren could make one wrong choice that snowballs.
My only complaint with this book (other than being too short) is the use of the word "tweak". Wren doesn't get angry or upset or mad, she gets "tweaked". This word is way, way, way overused. My niece and nephew (who read this book as well) said neither they nor their friends would use tweak like this.
Part of this novel is focused on Wren and the physical challenges she faces in this wilderness therapy program, while part of it focuses on the ways Wren must come to terms with the decisions she has made and really look within herself. This isn't an easy journey for Wren, and Van Draanen's development of Wren's character and her family is very realistic.
This is another great novel by a great writer.
Anger, hostile, bitter are the emotions for the first days, and then the real work begins. We are with Wren as she faces her demons and meets her new 'family'. This is a story that is difficult to give up. I read it in a day with one time out. The story draws us in until we are with Wren, sharing her dilemmas as the real world reaches within. Wren against the wilderness, who will be the winner? Such superb writing. The characters are all upfront, drawn out clearly. How would I survive this wilderness therapy, I wonder? What are the consequences of not recognizing and reacting to yourself?
Highly Recommended. prisrob 06-26-17