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Wendelin Van Draanen
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
Wendelin Van Draanen
Random House Children's Books
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"I loved the whole plot of the story, since it really outlines the true struggles that teens deal with as they grow up surrounded by a new epidemic of smoking and vaping. Readers watch as the main character grows into a better person, and the adventures that the they go on are very interesting and fun. I would say this book is fast paced—in a good way. It isn’t boring and always has something new happening. "
"So boring and not great i had very high expectations "
"I wasn't expecting to like this book; it seemed like an overly dramatic teen. But with it's struggles of addiction and friendships gone awry, it turned out to be a great read. The self discovery in this book is good for teens and young adults alike. The unique names and plotline are just a plus. One of my favourites now! I will be checking out more books by her, for sure. "
"Yes! I love this author and would recommend some of her other books too."