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Wild Wings by Gill Lewis
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Wild Wings (edition 2012)

by Gill Lewis (Author), Yuta Onoda (Illustrator)

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Title:Wild Wings
Authors:Gill Lewis (Author)
Other authors:Yuta Onoda (Illustrator)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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Rating:****
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"Callum becomes friends with Iona, a practically feral classmate who has discovered an osprey, thought to be gone from Scotland, on Callum's family farm, and they eventually share the secret with others, including Jeneba who encounters the same bird at her home in Gambia." Friendship is a strong theme is this place-based story: friendship between people and between people, birds, and the land. Well-researched and atmospheric, Wild Wings will transport you to the hills of Scotland and the wetlands of Africa and make you fall in love with Callum, Iona, Jeneba and the ospreys they cherish. ( )
  bookwren | Jan 6, 2018 |
My 9 1/2 year old daughter recommended that I read this, and I'm glad that she did! First off, it's just cool to see what she's into! Secondly, it's a pretty darn good lil' book! A touching story about a young Scottish boy named Callum, an osprey named Iris, and two special girls in both of their lives, Iona and Jeneba! I enjoyed the details about the osprey, life in Scotland, and life in The Gambia, and I liked the positive messages about family, the environment, and endangered species. I'd highly recommend this for a young reader looking for a good story! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Nov 14, 2017 |
This book is outstanding. This realistic fiction picture book tells the story of two young children in Scotland, Iona and Callum, who discover the nest of an osprey and embark on a journey of protection and conservation for the threatened species. The book carries powerful classroom application for its conservation messages in regard to osprey, its details in respect to osprey migrations, and its descriptions of osprey behavior and survival adaptations. The book also discusses human encroachment on natural habitats, and the resulting consequences for wildlife. In addition, the book deals with topics such as death, international relations, poverty and social injustice in developing nations, and it carries themes of friendship, trust, and loyalty. The book contains resources and appendices for osprey conservation. This book could be used in a classroom to discuss laws and policies such as the Endangered Species Act, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
  Kathrin.McCoy | Nov 9, 2017 |
Set in Scotland, this is a story of a young boy who befriends a lonely girl who lives in poverty with her grandfather. Because she doesn't fit in, she is bullied and made fun of. Her fickle classmates have no idea of how intelligent, kind and sensitive she is. When she shows Cullum her secret, he and she become friends. Discovering an Osprey nest, they watch as Iona describes the habits of this endangered species.

Fascinatingly told, the author excellently weaves the tale of friendship, discovery and the impact their discovery has when they share their secret with a local naturalist who captures the bird when she is harmed by a wire entangled around her leg. While saving the rare bird, he places a tracer on the osprey.

Tracing the Osprey as it leaves Scotland to travel to Africa, Cullum worries when there is no signal. Soliciting the assistance of those in Gambia, an unlikely internet relationship develops which changes many.

Dealing with many issues, this is a wonderfully written book of nature, friendship and the power of bonding through discovery. ( )
  Whisper1 | Sep 26, 2017 |
Wonderfully crafted story. An impressive debut. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Striving to protect the osprey nesting on his family’s farm in Scotland, 11-year-old Callum McGregor watches the bird throughout summer, uses a computer to follow her migration to Africa and sets in motion a remarkable chain of events. This rich, moving tale begins with a shared secret: It was classmate Fiona McNair who found the nest. When the bird is snagged in fishing line high in her pine, the circle expands to include Callum’s sheep-farming family and a ranger from a nearby preserve. When she migrates, Callum and friends Rob and Euan track her through the transmitter she carries on her back. When her signal disappears in a Gambian mangrove forest, 10-year-old Jeneba, hospitalized with broken legs, mobilizes the fishermen of her village and a visiting American doctor to rescue and rehabilitate her. Eventually—and entirely naturally—the bird’s story reaches around the world. The suspenseful story line is surrounded with precise details: the Scottish landscape, osprey behavior, the work of a sheepdog and the joy and pain of riding a trail bike. Short chapters, some with cliffhanging endings, will read aloud well. Callum’s first-person narrative is occasionally paralleled by the osprey’s own experience, as Callum imagines it. With universal themes of life and death, friendship and respect for the natural world, this is still quite particular, a powerfully memorable story of a boy’s grief and determination to keep a promise.
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