Wild Bird

Wild Bird

eBook - 2017
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Random House, Inc.
From the award-winning author of The Running Dream and Flipped comes a remarkable portrait of a girl who has hit rock bottom but begins a climb back to herself at a wilderness survival camp.

3:47 a.m. That’s when they come for Wren Clemmens. She’s hustled out of her house and into a waiting car, then a plane, and then taken on a forced march into the desert. This is what happens to kids who’ve gone so far off the rails, their parents don’t know what to do with them anymore. This is wilderness therapy camp. Eight weeks of survivalist camping in the desert. Eight weeks to turn your life around. Yeah, right.
The Wren who arrives in the Utah desert is angry and bitter, and blaming everyone but herself. But angry can’t put up a tent. And bitter won’t start a fire. Wren’s going to have to admit she needs help if she’s going to survive.

"I read Wild Bird in one long mesmerized gulp. Wren will break your heart—and then mend it." —Nancy Werlin, National Book Award finalist for The Rules of Survival

"Van Draanen’s Wren is real and relatable, and readers will root for her." —VOYA, starred review

Baker & Taylor
The award-winning author of Flipped presents the story of a young girl who is taken away to a wilderness therapy camp when her behavior escalates out of control, a situation that forces her to develop new skills, including the courage to ask for help. Simultaneous eBook.

Publisher: New York :, Random House Children's Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9781101940464
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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Apr 15, 2018

Completely breathtaking, from start to finish. I was carried with her through all of her frustrations and my spirit soared with her triumphs. The last line gave me CHILLS. Beautiful, inspiring, freeing!

LPL_RebeccaR Apr 08, 2018

Eight weeks of survivalist camping in the desert to turn your life around? The power of nature to transform? Feel like you might have read this one before? Not from this author! Award winning author, Wendelin Van Draanen, presents this delightfully readable yet extraordinarily insightful story of 14-year- old, Wren, whose life has slipped into total disaster one small step at a time. Unable to connect with any aspect of her former life, she is forced into a heartbreaking reckoning with herself about who she really was and who she really wants to be.

Mar 02, 2018

I discovered this book by chance, liked the premise, and checked it out on a whim.
All I can really say is wow.
I’ve read a few of Wendy Van Draanen’s works, but this is the first one I’ve truly enjoyed. I loved Wren, her friends and family, and the way the background was revealed bit by bit as Wren seemed to become more comfortable. I read this book in one sitting (it’s just long enough) and would recommend it to anyone who wants a good read.

DPLpaigeone Oct 10, 2017

Van Draanen’s latest young adult novel is honest and filled with hate, love, storytelling, understanding and togetherness.


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DPLpaigeone Oct 10, 2017

When 14-year-old Wren wakes up from a hangover to her worst reality where she’s sent to a wilderness survival camp, she is beyond angry. Wren screams, blaming everyone but herself. How is she supposed to do everything on her own - putting up a tent, finding water and building a fire? She’s mad and hurt, making the first days of her eight-week rehab the hardest. How could her family do this to her? Through time, Wren finally learns she needs help in order to survive in Utah. But will she want to go home?


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