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Gill Lewis is the author of Wild Wings and One White Dolphin. A veterinarian, her love of animals and the natural world plays a big part in her writing. She lives in the UK.

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Wild Wings

By Gill Lewis

Though Callum first sees Iona as an intruder on his family's farmland, she reveals a secret that overcomes his reluctance to befriend her: she's discovered a rare osprey aerie. For months, they watch a pair of raptors and their chicks until it's nearly time for the birds' migration to Africa. Keeping his closeness with Iona as deep a secret as the endangered ospreys' nest, Callum begins to draw away from his other friends at school. After a shocking event, he gradually learns not only that he needs them, but also that he can depend on them and the rest of his village community more than he knew. Set in contemporary Scotland, this engaging novel is built on a solid foundation of characters who respond realistically to people and experiences. Even the minor characters are well drawn and convincing, and the interplay of individuals from different generations is portrayed with unusual finesse. A strong ecological theme runs through the novel,


Wild Wings

By Gill Lewis

Though Callum first sees Iona as an intruder on his family's farmland, she reveals a secret that overcomes his reluctance to befriend her: she's discovered a rare osprey aerie. For months, they watch a pair of raptors and their chicks until it's nearly time for the birds' migration to Africa. Keeping his closeness with Iona as deep a secret as the endangered ospreys' nest, Callum begins to draw away from his other friends at school. After a shocking event, he gradually learns not only that he needs them, but also that he can depend on them and the rest of his village community more than he knew. Set in contemporary Scotland, this engaging novel is built on a solid foundation of characters who respond realistically to people and experiences. Even the minor characters are well drawn and convincing, and the interplay of individuals from different generations is portrayed with unusual finesse. A strong ecological theme runs through the novel, as the characters together work to protect one of the ospreys, even tracking an electronically tagged bird's journey to Africa and finding allies to rescue her when she's in danger. Full-page drawings, not seen in final form, will illustrate this vividly imagined and well-written novel.

--"Booklist", March 1, 2011, *STAR


Wild Wings

Written by Gill Lewis and illustrated by Yuta Onada

(Atheneum; ISBN: 9781442414457; May 2011; Spring catalog p. 68)

The worlds of two villages in Scotland and the Gambia intersect through modern technology and the determined efforts of children to save an injured osprey. When 11-year-old Iona moves in with her elderly grandfather, who is considered a "nutter," most children ostracize her. But an unlikely friendship develops between Iona and her classmate Callum after she shares her discovery of an osprey nest on his farm. Knowing ospreys are endangered, they keep Iris's existence secret until a fishing line entangles her, forcing them to seek help. A naturalist saves Iris and tags her, allowing the children to track her flight from Scotland to Africa online. In her first novel, picture book author Lewis (The Most Precious Thing) deftly explores painful divisions within friendships and communities, which lead to broken relationships and unexpected tragedies, as well as surprising connections made across barriers of culture and distance when one person's passion inspires acts of generosity, kindness, friendship, and hope. Callum narrates most of the story, though several short chapters share Iris's perspective in this unsentimental and powerfully moving tale. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8-12.

--"Publishers Weekly", March 14, 2011, *STAR

Sharing a secret, Collum and Iona form a tight bond around the activity of an osprey found on his family's farm. Eventually the whole town becomes involved, tracking and awaiting the migratory bird's journey from Scotland to Gambia and back again. Beautifully written, this is a timeless story of hope, friendship, and caring for the environment. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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