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Rocco's Wings by Rebecca Merry Murdock
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Rocco is the only villager with wings. His wings are blue, and at night also bioluminescent. Rocco is captured by urvogels (winged human-like creatures) living on the cliffs of Upper Terrakesh. He witnesses the horrid punishment of urvogels getting their wings cut off - punishment for so-called vanity crimes. Private reading, music making and other solitary enjoyments are strictly forbidden as contrary to flock or colony principles. Rocco’s new friends, Basalt, Vesta, Magna and Iggy are about to stand trial. If convicted, they will lose their wings. Rocco must decide if he should help them, or escape on his own. 

A fast moving tale of survival and adventure, Rocco’s Wings also follows its young protagonist’s struggle with loss, grief and fear.

Rocco’s Wings is the debut novel of Canadian lawyer, Rebecca Murdock.
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Rocco is the only villager with wings. His wings are blue, and at night also bioluminescent. Rocco is kidnapped by the beautiful but cruel urvogels (winged human-liked creatures) living on the cliffs of Upper Terrakesh. He witnesses the horrid punishment of urvogels getting their wings cut off. Private reading and music making are forbidden by Queen Harpia, as contrary to flock or colony principles.

Rocco's new friends - Basalt, Magma, Vesta and Iggy - are about to stand trial. If convicted they will lose their wings. Rocco must decide if he should risk everything to help them or escape on his own.

ROCCO'S WINGS is a fast moving tale for 9 - 12 year olds. Its themes are fantasy but its characters are vivid, young and often conflicted. Over the course of his adventures Rocco struggles with the loss of his mother, and trying to reconcile everything he's heard about urvogels and his new found friends.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:07 -0400)

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Early praise for Rocco's Wings: "This book was a delightful find, coming of age and a hidden message about tolerance undercut an impassioned story and solid writing." - David Robert Lewis, UK, Netgalley Book Reviewer, January 16, 2015. Rocco is the only villager with wings. His wings are blue and at night, also bioluminescent. Rocco is captured by the beautiful but cruel urvogels (winged human-like creatures) living on the cliffs of Upper Terrakesh. He witnesses the terrible punishment of urvogels having their wings cut off. Queen Harpia has decreed that private reading and music making are crimes - contrary to flock or colony principles. Rocco's new friends, Basalt, Vesta, Magma and Iggy are facing trial. If convicted they may lose their wings. Rocco must decide to risk everything in helping them, or escape on his own.

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