William Loizeaux; Pictures by Leslie Bowman

Melanie Kroupa Books

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At first it looks like a small gray ball of fluff, its head a cloud of frizzy feathers, fine as dandelion seeds. The baby bird isn’t even strong enough to spread its wings, but ten-year-old Nick is determined to save it. Together with his best friend, he coaxes the wild bird he names Marcy to eat worms and take rides on their fingers. Then he watches, amazed, as she finally opens her wings – and flies! As Marcy grows, so does Nick – forced to make some hard choices about friends and family. And for the first time he dares to ask questions about the death of his soldier father. But other questions loom in the air: Will Marcy try to fly away? And will Nick be able to let her go?
Beautifully rendered drawings capture the poignancy and joy of this unforgettable story about growing up, loving, and letting go.

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One afternoon in late June, I was pushing the mower home from the Finleys’. I had passed the woods, passed the field where they were building the new tract houses, when I saw something in the middle of the road. From a distance, it was just a small gray ball of fluff. Then I could see its beak and short tail. For a while I watched it. No cars came by, and no other birds came to help it. I walked closer, thinking I’d scare it off the road where it would be safer. But it didn’t move, didn’t even flinch, so I squatted down right in front of it.

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Praise for Wings

"Alight with visual detail.  Loss settles on the page with a longing that only time can heal, and that only a top-notch writer can create."  --Kirkus Reviews
"A touching, well-wrought tale."  --The Horn Book
"Realistic and tender."  --School Library Journal
"Shaded-pencil drawings illustrate this graceful story with sensitivity and subtlety."  --Booklist
"The story is solid, the writing is unobtrusively thoughtful, and the book is broadly accessible.  Compelling."  --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Wings joins the ranks of My Side of the Mountain, Rascal, and other wonderful tales of boys and their wild animal pals.  A testament to the fact that growing up may sometimes be tough, but in the end, spreading your wings is both inevitable and glorious.”  --Christian Science Monitor
"Poignant."  --Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

William Loizeaux; Pictures by Leslie Bowman

WILLIAM LOIZEAUX is the author of Anna: A Daughter’s Life, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book. This is his first novel for children. He lives in Hyattsville, Maryland. LESLIE BOWMAN has illustrated many children’s books. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

William Loizeaux
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William Loizeaux; Pictures by Leslie Bowman


ASPCA Henry Bergh Award, Golden Kite Honor Book, Kansas William Allen White Award Master List


Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Melanie Kroupa Books
September 2006
ISBN: 9780374348021
ISBN10: 0374348022
Chapter Book
5 1/8 x 7 5/8 inches, 144 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 7 to 10
Grade Range: 2 to 5

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