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Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. More
Publisher: Harper Teen, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,
Material: hard cover
Summary: 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. Great characters drive this young adult fantasy. It is perfect for high interest / low readability readers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, remedial reader
Recommended Age: read together: 10 and up; read yourself: 10 and up
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.
Adult Reader 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.
Pros: Strong characters with positive outlooks on life will endear readers to them quickly. This is a young adult novel parents can enjoy.
Cons: 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.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nice story and well worth the read, but not one I'd keep in my permanent collection.
Educational Themes: This is really a story meant for leisure reading.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - young adult series, fantasy, friendship, adoption
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2011, July 2014
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.