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The Things With Wings (Apple Fantasy)

by Greg Holch

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Is fairly typical book aimed at elementary school kids - we get a a fairly simple plot, fairly standard characters, a bit of learning and of course, a mystery. I suspect I would have loved this book in 5th grade, as an adult, it fell a bit flat. This would be a good book for kids who are too young for some of the more complex themes of Harry Potter, but want a bit of fun and magic in their life. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Aug 22, 2010 |
I read this book when I was 13 and it was one of the best books ever! This is about a boy named Newton who moves to a place called Angel Falls where he meets and befriends a girl named Vanessa. Vanessa is an expert about butterflies and is especially fascinated with a certain kind of butterfly. Then there seems to be an outbreak of "illness" with all of the kids in Angel Falls--except for Newton. There are lots of surprises that Newton encounters as he and Vanessa work to cure the kids at Angel Falls (including Vanessa herself). It's a must-read! ( )
  Brenhines_o_Rhofiau | Sep 28, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 059093502X, Paperback)

"Adventure," Vanessa A. Zephyr says to her new friend Newton Bellnap on a bright spring day. "Adventure is my middle name." Timid, curious, lonely Newton had hoped for a quiet spring break. New to town and tired of things changing, he nevertheless finds himself swept up, sometimes literally, into Vanessa's fearless life.

Vanessa, whose father is a widower and a distracted scientist, spends her time alone, reading kids' books her best friend Ruth Ann says make her "look like a baby," studying up on butterflies, and concocting ways to realize her dream of flight. When she and Newton follow the path of the Emerald Rainbow butterfly, which visits their town Angel Falls each year, they stumble upon the mysterious secret of Hesperides Garden. "Life is a garden," reads the sign on its door. "Everything that grows must change."

Into the fresh days of spring fall golden apples, green butterfly dust, wings and swings and the dreams of Chinese philosophers. With help from lepidoptera and Edgar Allan Poe, the two kids solve a few mysteries and come to the rescue of both two-legged and six-legged creatures. By the end their lives, despite Newton's fears and protests, they have indeed been transformed. (Ages 10 and older) --Maria Dolan

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Twelve-year-old Newton and his classmate Vanessa, who is obsessed with butterflies and flying, undergo significant changes as they try to discover why the emerald rainbow butterflies return to Angel Falls every spring.

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