Wenny Has Wings by Janet Lee Carey

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After the accident, something big happened to Will North. Something that he is too scared to tell anyone about in case they think he's mad. For when the truck hit him and his sister Wenny, they found themselves flying through the most beautiful place they'd ever seen in their lives. And the only person he can talk to about it is Wenny. But she isn't here - she didn't come back. The doctor says that Will died for 10 minutes after the accident and that he's lucky to have survived. But Will doesn't think he's lucky. Everything has changed - his parents don't smile any more and he knows they blame him for what happened. He wishes he'd stayed in that happy place with Wenny...Written in a collection of letters to his sister, this is a beautifully crafted, deeply moving and ultimately uplifting novel.
 

About Janet Lee Carey

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JANET LEE CAREY grew up in Marin County California surrounded by whispering redwoods. Sunlight cut through ocean mist and fingered through the branches. It was in this magical place that she first dreamed of writing books. Her award-winning teen fantasy novels are translated into many languages. Some include: "The Dragons of Noor, "which won a Teens Read Too Gold Star Award for Excellence, "Stealing Death", which received a School Library Journal starred review, "Dragon's Keep", an ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and "Wenny Has Wings", a Mark Twain Award recipient and a Sony Feature Film Japan, 2008. Janet lives with her family, dusty book stacks, and imperious cat near Phantom Lake in Washington. Visit Janet online at www.janetleecarey.com.
 
Published June 1, 2004 by Perfection Learning. 232 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The tropes of boyhood—family pets, toy action figures, a tree house, a spitting contest, and, above all, the creek tunnel the kids call “the tunnel of death”—function almost as sacraments.

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This "heartrending novel," in PW 's words, unfolds as a series of letters written by an 11-year-old to his younger sister, who was killed in an accident.

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Carey (Molly's Fire) brings a new approach to a familiar story line in this often heartrending novel, conveyed as a series of letters written by 11-year-old Will to his younger sister, who was killed in an accident that Will only barely survived.

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