Wild Bird

Wild Bird

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.

In her most incisive and insightful book yet, beloved author Wendelin Van Draanen's offers a remarkable portrait of a girl who took a wrong turn and got lost--but who may be able to find her way back again in the vast, harsh desert.

Title:Wild Bird
Edition Language:English
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    Wild Bird Reviews

  • Cristina Monica

    3 1/2 stars.There’s nothing more inspiring than following the adventures of someone who is set on turning their life around.Technically, that’s not Wren’s decision—her parents forced her to th...

  • Richie Partington

    Richie’s Picks: WILD BIRD by Wendelin Van Draanen, Random House/Alfred A. Knopf, September 2017, 320p., ISBN: 978-1-101-94044-0“You got a lotta nerveTo say you are my friend”-- Bob Dylan, “Pos...

  • Caradith Craven

    "I'm blindfolded for what feels like an hour, jostled around on a dirt road, breathing in dust, feeling like I'm on a sketchy version of Disneyland's Raiders of the Lost Ark ride. Like in another turn...

  • Donna

    I loved this because it was so unexpected. I loved the humor. This book had me laughing out loud more than once. I loved the MC's sarcasm and her obliviousness to the feelings of others. It was really...

  • Beth

    I found this recommended on a Newbery blog about six months ago, and I have no idea why. Like Vincent and Theo, I don't see it fit the age bracket at all. My first two potential Newbery reads are ther...

  • Jen Ryland

    Wren is 14 and is hanging out with friends who do drugs and shoplift. Her parents have tried everything and, as the book opens, she is dragged out of bed and taken to the airport to travel to a therap...

  • Amber  ~ The Reading Addict

    “Out here Mother Nature is my judge and jury, and no amount of objecting or redirecting or even being out of order will get me out of this. The only way to survive my sentence is to serve it.” ...

  • Allison Winchester bean

    Made me cry! Loved it!...

  • My_Strange_Reading

    #mystrangereading Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved loved loved this book. Wren goes through such an incredibly powerful journey of growth, healing and forgivene...

  • Alli

    This book was sooooooooooo good. Like so good.WHAT I LIKED:-It's placed in a middle school setting and I think it relates to a lot of people. Not that people (view spoiler)[like do drugs and drink in ...