On Little Wings [NOOK Book]


Jennifer is an only child, and so were her parents—at least that's what she thinks, until she finds an old photo in the back of one of her mother's books. The woman in the photo looks just like Jennifer, down to the smattering of freckles across her nose. And her mother refuses to talk about it.

Compelled to find answers, Jennifer embarks on a quest that takes her from the...
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On Little Wings

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Jennifer is an only child, and so were her parents—at least that's what she thinks, until she finds an old photo in the back of one of her mother's books. The woman in the photo looks just like Jennifer, down to the smattering of freckles across her nose. And her mother refuses to talk about it.

Compelled to find answers, Jennifer embarks on a quest that takes her from the wheat fields of Nebraska to the fishing town of Smithport, Maine, home to the one person who can help her solve this family secret—the woman in the photo. But Jennifer learns that it takes the entire village of Smithport to piece together the story of her mother's hidden past. She needs help from Nathan, the genius with the reluctant smile from across the cove; Little, the elderly town matriarch and former movie star; and The Jacks, three weathered fishermen who dabble in pyrotechnics. As Jennifer discovers the lost chapters of her mother's life, she unwittingly begins to write a few chapters of her own.

Elegantly written, On Little Wings is an evocative debut novel about self discovery, first love, and the power of family.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—While paging through an old paperback, 16-year-old Jennifer finds a photograph of a woman with a familiar face. At first, her family won't tell her who it is, but, when pressed, her dad reveals that it's her mother's older sister, Sarah, who Jennifer didn't know existed. After recovering from this revelation, she and her best friend, Cleo, turn to detecting. Using Google and even a good old-fashioned phone book, they track down this mysterious relative. Despite her mother's vehement protests, Jennifer convinces her parents to let her visit her aunt in small-town Maine. There she soaks up the culture, hobnobbing with local eccentrics, falling in love with the ocean and with the troubled, genius next door, and participating in her aunt's tradition of reading favorite lines from poems or novels aloud each night. One of the town's charming residents, an aging former movie star known as Little, convinces Jennifer to encourage her mother to return and confront her past. Jennifer is a well-drawn teen striving to find her place in the world and adopting different identities along the way. Her adventures are compelling, but the consistent high pitch of family drama and emotion throughout make the book a little one note. The lengthy descriptive passages slow the pacing a bit, but readers who enjoy gentle romances and family secrets-perhaps those who have recently outgrown books like Suzanne LaFleur's Eight Keys (Random) and Wendy Mass's 13 Gifts (Scholastic, both 2011)-will follow Jennifer through all 400-plus pages.—Gesse Stark-Smith, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Kirkus Reviews
A teenage cozy mystery. Sirois' debut, which won the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for Young Adult Fiction, is an anodyne coming-of-age tale in which the revelation of a family secret sets the story in motion. Sixteen-year-old Jennifer discovers an old photograph of a girl who looks just like her and strikes out on her own to make sense of it all, leaving her Nebraska hometown to spend the summer in Smithport, a fictional Maine fishing village where she encounters archetypical small-town characters who harbor predictable secrets. In overwrought prose, Jennifer seeks out her ancestral history and learns unsurprisingly big life lessons without taking much risk or facing down any real danger. Given how safe the tale is, the degree to which Jennifer and the other characters overreact to each plot point--and to each other--is eye-roll–inducing. The melodramatic and occasional awkward first-person narration lacks authenticity; the dialogue sounds like an adult overwriting for children. Nevertheless, the chaste romantic subplot and family-friendly conclusion will satisfy readers in search of comfort rather than action. (quotation sources) (Fiction. 11-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101609750
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/30/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 1,009 KB

Meet the Author

Regina Sirois lives in the golden wheat fields of Olathe, Kansas with her husband and two daughters.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    To my sick meemo :'(

    Hey!! I'm here!! Rehearsal was goooood. BE HAPPY U MISSED FLOWERS!! BE HAPPY AND THANK! THE! LORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRD!!!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO STRESSFUL!!! WE HAD 2 DO IT TWICE!!!! TWICE!!!! AFTE MY FEET WERE GOING ALL "FEET ON FIRE" ON MEEEEEE AFTER FLUTIES!!! but other than those minutia, reheasals were a++++++!!!! Hahahahhahahahahah. Review when u get here. Oh and BTW, I luvvvvvvvvvvvv the book!! Who is MEEMO and BEEBEE??? hahahahhahahHAhahahahhahHAHAHhahahahhaha!!! Oh and we NEEEEEEEEED to ft 2nite!!! Got my outift 4 dance!!!! :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    2 beebee from meemo

    Hey wass'up? How was rehersal?

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

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    A beautiful tale

    Honestly, I loved this book. It had so much to it: great characters, beautiful language, scenery that makes you want to hop a flight to Maine right now, and a great story of love, not always conquering all but hope that it might. Sirois uses beautiful imagery to describe both the scenery and the emotions of her characters. But, beautiful language alone does not a good book make. The story of sisters, separated by fear, hate and misunderstanding drew me in. I wanted to see them come back together, but the years apart and the hatred that had been nursed in hearts seemed too much to overcome.

    Jennifer is another story, she is discovering the joy and pain that comes with first love. When you don't know what the other person is thinking, do they care as much as she does? Sirois gives us a great understanding of how this really feels. It brought me back to my days in high school when I fought that same battle.

    On a personal note, this book touched home. I grew up hearing of the beauty of Maine. I did visit once, when I was 18 months old, so all I have of that vacation are photos; no memories. My grandfather was born and raised in Maine. While somewhat faded, his Maine accent is one of the things I remember most about him. The reference in On Little Wings to the Maine accent brought memories of my late grandfather rushing to my mind.

    If you are looking for a book that will make you smile, laugh and maybe even shed a tear or two, this is a great one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    This book in amazing!!!

    I found On Little Wings by chance. From the very first page the book had kept me entranced and longing to read more. Throughout the book I felt as if I was stasnding right next to Jennifer through her struggles and her happiness. Having been to Maine many times I was able to picture the scenery clearly. The ending leaves you with questions you can answer with our own imagination. On Little Wings has become and will remain my favorite book to read. I pick it up whenever i need to leave my own world with its struggles. Reading about these most amazing characters that you can relate to helps forget the world you live in. Regina Sirois has given me and everyone who has read this book a gift that I will never forget. I thank Regina Sirios for the wonderful gift she has give me to keep with me throughout my life.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    On Little Wings is a treat.

    From the first pages, I knew this would be a book I would keep on my shelf as a friend to be read again. Not only is the story intriguing, but the way the story is written is such a treat. Regina's writing flows like honey. She combines a well placed plot with characters you will learn to love and scenes that pull you in. The story begins when a young woman finds a picture she was not meant to find, and suddenly she has questions about her family and her mother's past she can't leave alone. Pick up the book and you won't be able to leave it alone. I strongly suggest you make this book a part of your library.

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    Posted June 5, 2013

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