It's the first day in her new school ... any school, to be exact. Laurel Sewell has always been homeschooled, so she's feeling like she doesn't fit in at Del Norte High. Little does she realize how true that is. What started as a bump on her back blossomed, literally into a flower! With the help of her new friend David Watson and Tamani, an old friend from her other, fairy realm, Laurel discovers who she is and where she belongs.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Strong characters with positive outlooks on life will endear readers to them quickly. This is a young adult novel parents can enjoy.

Content Awareness Factors:

None really. The scenes of the thugs at Laurel's old house is a bit overdone given that the rest of the story is nonviolent, but that's pretty minor.

Young Reader Reaction

For me, the excessively verbose descriptions and incongruous snippet made Wings a less enjoyable to read, despite the interesting plot line. Unfortunately, these errors detracted from the story and overshadowed its originality. Although beginning was average (at best), the story became much more enticing as I kept reading. the ending skillfully sets the stage for a sequel with an exciting plot twist. Wings is not your average, run-of-the-mill faerie with pixie dust and wings. If this book was more well-written, it would definitely be a book to keep in mind.

Parent Reaction

This is an enjoyable, wholesome read. Although the blurb talks about a "love triangle," the story doesn't have the steaminess generally associated with that phrase. Laurel and David are solid, well developed characters. There is an underlying theme of adoption, that some teens my find particularly comforting.

Type of Book:
Great characters drive this young adult fantasy. It is perfect for high interest / low readability readers.
Educational Themes:

This is really a story meant for leisure reading.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
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Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a nice story and well worth the read, but not one I'd keep in my permanent collection.

Title Wings
Author Aprilynne Pike
Publisher HarperTeen © 2011
ISBN 9780061668050
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Family - Adoption, Fantasy, Friendship
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