Wild Bird – Wendelin Van Draanen

wild birdFrom the publisher:

3:47 a.m. That’s when they come for Wren Clemens. 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 any more. This is wilderness therapy camp.

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. 

Wren’s journey is masterfully told in my favorite book from the author to date.  During her time at wildness therapy camp, we see how Wren’s path got off course.  How she went from happy middle child to lonely middle schooler, how her relationship with her older sister became tense, how she started smoking marijuana and running drugs, how her parents loved her and tried everything to help her.  The lessons taught in this book are not preachy at all and could help so many come to terms with how they hurt others and take ownership for their life.  This is a must-read for all.  I’m hoping awards recognize this book and this amazing author.  Highly recommend!

eGalley review                                           Publication date 9.5.17

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