Wild Bird

Wild Bird

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When her behavior escalates out of control, fourteen-year-old Wren is taken away to a wilderness therapy camp where she is forced to develop new skills, including the courage to ask for help.
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Inc.,, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781338611663
Characteristics: 311 pages ;,21 cm.

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24PayalS
Nov 24, 2020

Wild Bird is the story of a girl named Wren Clemmens. One morning, Wren’s family sends her away to a wilderness survival therapy camp without even telling her because they don’t know what else to do with her. She has caused too much trouble and needs to be dealt with. But Wren is not ready to accept that any of this was her fault, and rather blames her parents for everything. She’s angry and livid. How could her parents just send her away to Utah for 8 weeks to a camp where she feels like a prisoner!? How is she supposed to survive the torture?
 
I would say that book is similar to Holes, because in both scenarios, the protagonist is sent off to a brutal camp where they are on a self-discovery journey. My favorite quote from the book is “I've never thought about Who I want to be. The question has always been What do you want to be?” This quote really got me thinking about Who I want to be. We are always asked what we want to be, but we are never asked Who we want to be. I think that to become something, first you need to know who you are. Everyone needs to discover themselves before they can choose what that makes them.

This book takes you on the roller coaster ride that Wren has to go through at camp. And throughout the story, you will find that you have bonded with Wren. The ending will feel perfect and fulfilling. You may even learn a thing or two from Wren and her inspiring journey. You can tell from the very first sentence that the book is going to be a page turner, and it’s going to be impossible to put it down. It is a fantastic and wonderful story that I would recommend to any teenager because they would enjoy it thoroughly. I would give it a 4.7/5.

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violet_horse_3866
Oct 19, 2020

WOW! Amazing!!! One of the best books I've ever read! Definitely recommend!

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chantelle26
Oct 19, 2020

WOW

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navy_penguin_278
May 21, 2020

This is such a good book!!!, The first time I read it I was into a whole other type of books, and I could not get through the whole book without starting to read another book. But the second time around I was older, and more into these types of books, and I really enjoyed it. I think one of the reasons that it was a little harder for me to get hooked on the book, was because I was a little young to grasp the concept and to fully understand what was happening in the book. Overall, I think this just and AMAZING book!!.

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Wren is out of control and she is sent to wilderness camp as a last resort by her parents. Throughout the book you get a look at what led to her out of control ways and how she is now coping at the wilderness camp. I was rooting for Wren almost from the start. I loved all the other characters as well and the ending left me with happy tears and a hopeful heart. I would recommend this for 6th grade and up.

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blue_mosquito_65
Jan 01, 2020

This is such a good book! Wren has a lot of stuff happening in her life, and she changes a lot. However, I would like to see Nico(the drug-dealing kid) do more. Maybe he could come rescue and break out of police custody? Wren would turn down the help and then call the people who keep her there. I like it when they talked about her earlier life. It felt nice to have one chapter here or there dedicated to her life in L. A.

OPL_KrisC Aug 14, 2019

An inspiring story about a young teen headed in the wrong direction who manages to turn her life around.

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amylinnea
Jun 20, 2019

Great realistic fiction fit for parents understanding teens behind the scenes and for teens opening their eyes to the realities of a life controlled by drugs. Fabulous read. Gripping. Wished it kept going! :)

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MarkOfAlitheia
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.

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May 21, 2020

navy_penguin_278 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Jan 01, 2020

blue_mosquito_65 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 65

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Nov 30, 2019

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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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miraellie
Apr 20, 2020

“... if we walk far but are angry as we journey, we travel nowhere. If we hold grudges as we scale mountains, our view remains the same.”

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