Growing Wings

Growing Wings

by Laurel Winter

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Overview

"Linnet waited with her eyes closed for the door to open and her mother to peek in. Waited for her to touch Linnet's shoulder blades lightly...Linnet knew that touch in her bones, as if it had happened every night of her life. An imprint, a memory of the skin itself."

So begins this startling first novel about an eleven-year-old girl who suddenly begins to grow wings—wings with soft auburn feathers, which only at first can be hidden with long hair and loose clothes. Funny, sad, and hopeful, this remarkable story captures a girl's shock at feeling alone in life, as it follows her journey to answer a most important question: how can a girl with wings ever fit into the world?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547249049
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 02/14/2013
Pages: 195
Sales rank: 976,708
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

"I grew up as an odd kid in the mountains of Montana," writes Laurel Winter. "I didn’t have wings, but I was klutzy and bookwormish and didn’t always fit in. I attended a one-room country school for eight grades." Today Laurel writes poems and short stories, and she loves to paint and draw and sculpt. She says this novel began as a short story, but its plot surprised her. Together with her husband and twin sons, she lives in Rochester, Minnesota. GROWING WINGS is her first novel.

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Growing Wings 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Rubbah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this was an OK, quick read that promised so much but had a very dissapointing ending. 3.5 stars for the intersting ideas and charaters though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was interesting and very well thought out, but the many grammar mistakes make it hard for me to read. If you're a grammar freak like me, it's kind of annoying. Otherwise, it's AWESOME!!!
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When i first saw the cover of this book, i new it was a good book. I couldn't put it down. It's a book you don't want to miss.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Forget about the awkward stages of puberty. At age eleven, Linnet is going through something no other human has ever experienced - she's growing wings. And on top of that, her mother reveals a secret she's hidden from Linnet all her life - a set of scars on her shoulder blades from the wings that had been brutally cut from her back by her own mother. So maybe Linnet isn't the only one, after all. Masking her blossoming wings with her long hair and loose-fitting shirts, Linnet manages to get through the remainder of the school year without having her secret uncovered. But the pain of keeping her wings confined is nearly unbearable, and her mother finally takes Linnet away from their home, where the young girl suddenly finds herself among strangers - strangers with wings. Now that she's able to reveal her true form, Linnet becomes consumed by a desire to fly, even though the prospect of accomplishing it seems rather slim. Only one other, a girl named Andy, is just as determined to fly, driven by her yearning to escape the confines of the highly secretive stronghold. But Andy is moody and unpredictable, and as Linnet attempts to forge their relationship, she isn't completely sure she's willing to take the same risks as Andy to get what she wants. GROWING WINGS is more than a fantastic tale of humans with wings, it's a story of the human spirit and the heights one can reach with a bit of courage. Through vivid details, both in her settings and characters, Laurel Winter has done a splendid job of bringing this book to life, giving us, the readers, a chance to feel what it might be like to experience the freedom of flight.
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Kaitlin Camp More than 1 year ago
i read this book in sixth grade and im turning twenty this year,it has always been my favorite and i make an effort to read it every year! i suggest this to everyone! a truly timeless story that makes you wish you had wings!
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Flamingnet More than 1 year ago
"Growing Wings" by Laurel Winter follows an eleven-year- old girl called Linnet on her journey one summer. Her mother refuses to cut Linnet's hair, and Linnet's back is always itchy. Facts fall into place when Linnet finally has wings growing out of her back. Drama ensues with Linnet and her mother as family history is divulged. Then, through a series of events, the setting changes and more characters with wings are introduced. Mysteries still linger all throughout the book, but readers will relish the interactions amongst the winged characters, especially when a dangerous act of suspense threatens their lives. This book is a classic page-turner. Children will get lost in the pages as they walk alongside the characters. They will identify most with Linnet and feel connected to her. Descriptions of the winged characters are most breathtaking, not methodical like most fantasy books. At parts in the book--just when the reader thinks it will get boring because some situations can't last for another 70 pages or so--the author inserts something new to make the reader lean even further forward over the book in enthrallment. Reviewed by a young adult student reviewer Flamingnet Book Reviews Teen books reviewed by teen reviewers
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A very beautiful story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this a couple years ago and I really liked it. I was always into things about wings, and this one was pretty good. Its about a girl who grows wings and has to hide them most of the time. I dont what about it exactly, that got me to like it, but I do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that the flying facter of the story was most intriguing. The stroy allowed you to just sit back and read. It kept my attention and I would read another one of Laurel Winter's books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is GREAT! It is now one of my favorites. I love to read, and having read many books, have much experience in both good and bad books. This is an exceptional book! If you love Harry Potter and Holes, you will also love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book, the subject interseted me, as I have always been fasinated with wings. But I was very disappionted when I read it. The writing was poor, and the story wasn't very elaborate. You could tell the aurthor had tried to put a great amount of emotion in it, and had failed miserably. I think with a little imagination and a different story line, the concept of growing wings could make a much better book. Maybe I am just used to reading outstanding books, but this one did not stand out to me at all.