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Wildwing Hardcover – September 21, 2010

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Grade 7–10—Trapped by her somewhat dubious parentage and the limited options available to women in 1913 England, 15-year-old Addy longs for a better life. However, after a scuffle incited by a classmate's taunts, she finds herself pulled from school and placed as a maid in the home of Mr. Greenwood, the local eccentric. Venturing behind the locked door of his study, she discovers a time machine that could be the key to escaping her life of drudgery. She travels back to 13th-century England, where she is mistaken for Lady Matilda, the gentlewoman who is to be married to the lord of the local castle. She quickly learns to play her role, mastering the customs of the time and gradually realizing the political importance of the marriage. She also finds it impossible to resist her attraction to Will, the falconer's son. As she becomes more and more embroiled in events, she is forced to choose between the safety of her subjects or life with the man with whom she has fallen in love. Whitman populates both of her worlds with vivid, believable characters. Akin in tone to Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty (Delacorte, 2003), this historical novel with a time-travel twist of sci-fi will find an avid readership.—Sara Saxton, Tuzzy Consortium Library, Barrow, AK
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“Whitman’s attention to historical detail and vivid descriptions bring the past alive to create an absorbing fictional world that will hook readers from the first page.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“This historical novel with a time-travel twist of sci-fi will find an avid readership.” (School Library Journal)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 edition (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061724521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061724527
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,093,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By YA Book Queen VINE VOICE on October 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My Summary: Adelaide "Addy" has grown up only knowing the life her mother has, a life full of hard work and serving others. So when the spunky girl gets stuck being a maid in Mr. Greenwood's home, she's not too thrilled because not only is she missing out on her opportunity to play the queen in her school play, she's not allowed to even continue school. But then Addy discovers a lift in the middle of a room Mr. Greenwood always keeps locked. When she steps inside, she accidentally presses a button and is whisked back in time. People mistake her for Lady Matilda there, and Addy isn't too keen on correcting them. In this century, everyone treats her like a queen. Life could be absolutely perfect for Addy here.

Then she meets Will, and suddenly everything gets a bit more complicated. Now, Addy has to decide: Stay and live a life of luxury, but a life that she can't agree with, or try to find her way back to a life she was dying to escape from only weeks before?

Review: Wildwing* is filled with lively scenes, exceptional characters, and a protagonist that really grows throughout the story.

Addy starts off seeming a bit immature, with some spunk and sass to her personality as well (thankfully, because it made her all the more interesting). But hey, you can't blame the girl for acting her age. Growing up 1913, Addy is a bastard daughter, living in poverty and she's bullied consistently by the richer girls, so it's easy to sympathize. When she lands herself in the past, it was humorous to be just as clueless with her as to the normal customs in 1240. Her mistakes were refreshing, and her growth throughout the story was wonderful to follow.

Life seems to jump off the pages and Whitman makes Wildwing rich with enough detail without it being overbearing.
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Wildwing happens in two fascinating places in time, the early 20th century and the Medieval times. Between the excellent writing and beautiful scenes, I felt like I was time traveling right along with the main character.

Addy seemed mature for her age and naive at the same time. I think that has a lot to do with the time she grew up in. Her life is tough in 1913. Since Addy's mom is a single mother, Addy is looked down to and thought of as a disgrace by those born of "better blood". Addy's mom just takes it and accepts her place in society. But Addy is much more strong-willed than her mom. She is not happy with the cards she was dealt with, and I couldn't blame her.

When Addy time travels and becomes mistaken for a noble lady, I thought that maybe Addy's dreams would all come true. But it doesn't take long to discover there are other motives happening behind the scenes. Not only that, but Addy falls for Will, the orphan falcon trainer. I adored Will from the moment he entered the story. I immediately wanted him and Addy to end up together. Another intriguing character was Mr. Greenwood, the widowed time machine inventor. I loved how Whitman wove the story together where every scene and character mattered.

The ending was sweet with the promise of a happily ever after. Wildwing is an elegant tale filled with suspense and romance. It proves that no matter how out of place you feel, it's the people in your life that make you feel at home. A must read for historic fiction lovers.
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Adelaide (Addy) Morrow is sick of her life. Sick of being forced to make nice with the nasty rich girls who do nothing but act horrible to her. Sick of having to give up the lead in the play so one of the snotty rich girls can get it. And then being forced to drop out of school by her mom to get a job as a maid. Luckily her new employer, Mr. Greenwood, is quite nice. However there's one room she's not supposed to go in, but when her mom wants to take her out of Mr. Greenwood's house to be a lowly live-in scullery maid, she does anyways. There's a lift in that room. Addy steps into it..and steps out into Medieval England. She's mistaken for a noble lady. Addy loves it, finally getting to do what she wants and spending time with the handsome William, learning falconry. But then she finds out she's supposed to marry Sir Hugh, the owner of the castle.

Ok so I don't know how well I did in describing what goes on in this book, but I think I got the general gist. I really liked this book. I'm loving time travel books lately and this one is no exception. You can see how Addy changes once she realizes being a rich high and mighty lady isn't nearly all she thinks its cracked up to be. And of course the romance is sweet and very forbidden, since they think she's a lady. I liked the journey of this story. The ending was also good, although I wish there was a little extra or something to give us an idea of how the characters deal with the aftermath of the ending. One other thing I really liked about this book was that it's not a present day girl traveling back in time. Addy's from 1913 and that just gave the story a bit of a different vibe that I liked very much.
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Teenage fans of historical romance and time travel books are sure to love this new release by novelist Emily Whitman, whose first book, Radiant Darkness, was a #1 IndieBound pick.

Addy, a fifteen-year-old servant in 1913 England, dreams of a life she'll never have--a life of luxury, where people won't be constantly reminding her of her lowly place in society. But when she finds a mysterious old elevator in the dusty attic of her eccentric employer, Mr. Greenwood, she can't help herself and goes inside--pushes the button--and winds up in the 13th century.

When she's mistaken for the lord of the castle's fiance, the noble Lady Matilda, ward of the king, Addy doesn't bother to correct anyone, and despite many faux-pas in the beginning, begins to enjoy her role as future lady of the manor. Her fiance is away, and she is able to spend her time with the handsome young falconer, Will, "the lad with the eyes," learning to train Pilgrim, her very own falcon. Will's beginnings are shrouded in mystery, since he showed up lost as a toddler, with no trace of his parents to be found, a mystery that will be solved by the end of the novel. The reader is not surprised to find that Will and Addy fall in love, but what is our lovely heroine Addy/Matilda to do? Sir Hugh is soon home, eager to wed Matilda, get her in his bed--and receive the generous dowry the king has promised to bestow on Matilda's husband. Addy lives in fear that someone will recognize that she is not Matilda--should she try to take the lift back to her own time, leaving behind her beloved Will, the one she loves?
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