Wings by William Loizeaux

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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.

About William Loizeaux

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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.
Published September 5, 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 138 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Looking back to the summer of 1960 when he was ten, Nick relates the story of Marcy, a baby mockingbird he rescued and nurtured into saucy confidence.

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On one momentous day, Marcy takes flight for the first time, and the young narrator experiences conflicting reactions: ""I was feeling so many things-good, bad, happy, and scared-that I couldn't really tell what I was feeling."" Nick's emotions soar when Marcy flies high overhead and then returns...

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