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Author: Van Draanen, Wendelin
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf/ Penguin Random House
Year Published: 2017
ISBN: 9781101940440
Grades: Grades 7 to 12

Wild Bird

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Prolific award-winning author Wendelin Van Draanen takes readers on an exhilarating ride through the bleak Utah Desert, in a story of survival and second chances. When Wren’s parents run out of options to help turn her destructive behavior around, they arrange for her to attend an eight week isolated wilderness therapy camp where she must deal with her anger and fears. Wren’s path to redemption is a long and arduous adventure as she moves from desperation to acceptance, friendships, strength and courage in a poignant insightful way. Native American legends and desert ecology are woven into the fabric of this intense, gritty and thought-provoking drama. Readers will be cheering for Wren as she turns her troubled life around.

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