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Common Sense Media says

Tender tween tale of endangered wildlife, friend's death.

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Parent of a 2, 6, and 9 year old Written by3ofmine July 21, 2012
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9
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Great coming of age book

My son read this when he was eight and really liked it, it was his favorite book that he read that summer. It had adventure, hope, friendship, death and caring all in one. He couldn't stop talking about when he had read each day.
Kid, 12 years old July 10, 2011
AGE
9
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An eye-opening tale

This is a great story! Wild Wings is set in Scotland, and there is a little about Scotland that people from other countries may not know, but most of the special Scottish info you may want to discover is not given. This is NOT where the educational value comes in. The book manages to slip in little facts about ospreys and African culture during the story. Throughout the story there is an environmental message. The osprey which Callum and Iona discover is an endangered animal, and there is a lot about why ospreys need to be kept safe. Also, when Callum makes contact with an African girl, and discovers that, due to the insufficient medical care in her village, she is going to have her leg amputated, there is a lot about helping people you don't know well when Callum's town raises money so she can come to Britain and get medical care. There are some good role models in this story, but they are "role models" mostly in the environmental sense. They are regular kids who act badly sometimes in other ways, but Calluma and Iona really care about the ospreys. I rated this book "pause" for age nine instead of "on" because, while I feel that most nine year olds would be fine with Wild Wings, more sensitive kids may not. One of the main important characters dies halfway through the book, causing even more stress when one of the ospreys is suspected to have died. Parents should know that the osprey does not, in fact, die, but does get fairly bedraggled. This book has appeal to both boys and girls, there being more boys than girls, but all the girls are very important to the plot, and are fun, spunky, believable characters.
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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old December 29, 2013
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9
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Vividly Creative; For Animal and Nature-Lovers

It is very good; it is a vivid picture of how you can tackle obstacles in life, like the osprey did. Truly, nature lovers and animal lovers will love this! With a share of mystery, adventure, sadness, it is funny and fun!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old June 9, 2013
AGE
15
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I loved this book

there might be some things that some parents don't like but Wild Wings is the best book i have ever put in my hands from the boys new best friend dying from being sick her father was very mean to her but with her new friends help she helped save a almost extinct bird
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byCynthia Ingelfinger August 6, 2011
AGE
6
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Rave review for Wild Wings

It was a moving story with great messages about hope, trust, and friendship. The natural history of ospreys and migration was very educational and engaging. It was emotional but happy in the end.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models