The Wings of a Falcon by Cynthia Voigt
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A tale of high adventure. Even when he first came to the island as a young man, he stood out. No matter how much he had to endure, he would not bend. The Damalls cruelty could not corrupt him. Griff watched & admired him. Griff had learned to keep out of sight, to bow in the face of force. The two boys became friends. And when the chance came, they escaped from the terrors of the Damalls Island. They took with them the Damalls greatest treasure, the beryl, a green gemstone engraved with a falcon, its wings unfolding. Armed with the falconstone, the boy needed only one more thing to begin his journey: a name.
 

About Cynthia Voigt

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Cynthia Voigt was born on February 25, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College, did graduate work at St. Michael's College, and later received a teacher's certification from Christian Brothers College. After college, she worked for an advertising agency. Before becoming a full-time author, she was a secretary and a high school English teacher. Her first book, Homecoming, was published in 1981. Her children's books address such issues at child abuse and racism, topics that are not often talked about in books designed for children. She is the author of numerous books including the Bad Girls series, the Tillerman Cycle series, and the Kingdom series. She won the Notable Children's Trade Book in the field of social studies for Homecoming, the Newbery Medal, ALA in 1983 for Dicey's Song, and the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1984 for The Callender Papers. In 1995, she received the MAE Award.
 
Published January 1, 1994 by Collins. 464 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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In scene after scene, with nobility and charismatic Çlan, Oriel confronts the terrible choices men demand of each other;

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While her remarkable range extends from romantic comedy (the adult novel The Glass Mountain ) to urban tragedy ( Orfe ), she returns in this work to the fantasy sequence begun in Jackaroo and On Fortune's Wheel , spinning an episodic tale certain to entrance readers.

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