Wendelin Van Draanen
Wendelin Van Draanen, winner of 2017 Hicklebee's Book of the Year Award for The Secret Diary of Lincoln Jones, will be dropping by Hicklebee's to chat with fans about her books. Wild Bird is her newest title to crow about.
The critics weigh in about Wild Bird.
“Riveting. A memorable book about family, friendship, forgiveness, and second chances .” — Kirkus
“Featuring evocative descriptions of landscape and psychological insight into a troubled teen, Van Draanen’s story is engrossing and inspiring.” —Publisher’s Weekly
"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
“Wild Bird grabbed me by the wrist on page one—it’s riveting.”--Jenny Hubbard, author of And We Stay, a Printz Honor Book
“An exhilarating story of survival and second chances.”--Dana Reinhardt, author of Tell Us Something True
Van Draanen is the author of the award winning Sammy Keyes series, Flipped and many other outstanding books. Browse her books here.
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.
Ages 11 +
Lincoln Jones has a life so secret, only his mother knows where he's from, why they left, or the place he's living now. More importantly, none of the kids in his new 6th grade class know where he goes after school. After all, if they think his "Southern drawl" is funny, imagine what they'd do knowing he hangs out at a dementia-care facility where his mother works as a caregiver. To escape the real world, Lincoln writes stories in a notebook. Stories about young heroes with courage and power. Underdogs who somehow come out on top.Told as a first-person narrative, this is a story of a boy who's closed the world out for so long, he's not sure how to let anyone in.
Ages 9 +