Birdwing by Rafe Martin

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A boy marked by physical difference -- one arm is an enchanted wing -- finds his strength and purpose in this stirring fantasy.

Once upon a time, a girl rescued her seven brothers from a spell that had turned them into swans. But one boy, Ardwin, was left with the scar of the spell's last gasp: one arm remained a wing. And while Ardwin yearned to find a place in his father's kingdom, the wing whispered to him of open sky and rushing wind. Marked by difference, Ardwin sets out to discover who he is: bird or boy, crippled or sound, cursed or blessed. But followed by the cold eye of a sorceress and with war rumbling at his kingdom's borders, Ardwin's path may lead him not to enlightenment, but into unimaginable danger.

About Rafe Martin

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RAFE MARTIN is the bestselling author of several acclaimed picture books, including The Rough-Face Girl and Will's Mammoth. When not touring the country as a storyteller, he lives in Rochester, New York.
Published October 1, 2005 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 368 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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An emotive fairytale extension thoughtfully explores the life of Ardwin, a prince with a swan's wing instead of a left arm.

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He sends emissaries with a mechanical golden arm and Ardwin, fearing that his father means to cut his wing off and attach the arm to him, flees with his friends.

Mar 11 2007 | Read Full Review of Birdwing

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--"The Six Swans" The Brothers Grimm The Six Swans was one of my favorite tales when I was a little girl but I always wondered what happened to the last and littlest prince with his swan’s wing for an arm.

Mar 11 2007 | Read Full Review of Birdwing

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