Wildwing

Wildwing

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by Emily Whitman
     
 

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When Addy is swept back in time, she couldn't be happier to leave her miser-able life behind. Now she's mistaken for Lady Matilda, the pampered ward of the king. If Addy can play her part, she'll have glorious gowns, jewels, and something she's always longed for—the respect and admiration of others. But then she meets Will, the falconer's son with sky blue

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When Addy is swept back in time, she couldn't be happier to leave her miser-able life behind. Now she's mistaken for Lady Matilda, the pampered ward of the king. If Addy can play her part, she'll have glorious gowns, jewels, and something she's always longed for—the respect and admiration of others. But then she meets Will, the falconer's son with sky blue eyes, who unsettles all her plans.

From shipwrecks to castle dungeons, from betrothals to hidden conspiracies, Addy finds herself in a world where she's not the only one with a dangerous secret. When she discovers the truth, Addy must take matters into her own hands. The stakes? Her chance at true love . . . and the life she's meant to live.

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Publishers Weekly
In this enjoyable historical coming-of-age story, Addy is chafing in her life as the poor daughter of a single mother in a small English town in 1913. When another girl calls Addy's mother a slut, 15-year-old Addy gets into a fight that results in her mother pulling her out of school and forcing her into service tending to an elderly eccentric. But Addy soon discovers that her new employer has invented a time machine, and when her mother threatens her with full-time service, she hops into the machine and begins a new life as Lady Mathilda in medieval England. There she meets handsome Will, is catered to by a legion of servants, learns how to work with falcons, and grows up enough to know when it's time to go home. The fantasy premise of escaping into a new identity ("If I could, I'd shed the girl I am like a snake slides out of a ragged, outgrown skin," Addy thinks) should strongly appeal to teens, who will relate to Addy's frustration with the limits of her life. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Sometimes a good romantic novel is all that will satisfy, and this time-traveling book set in the early years of the twentieth century is well-suited for the job. Addie Morrow is a bastard child with aspirations to better herself through education. Unfortunately, it is not to be. She is sent into domestic service by her mother, only to find herself the companion of an eccentric but fatherly inventor, Mr. Greenwood. Addie escapes her servitude in the pages of books read illicitly in Mr. Greenwood's library. That is not the only snooping Addie does. In a hidden room, she finds an aged elevator which transports her to the thirteenth century, where she assumes the mantle, and the soon-to-be political marriage of the Lady Matilda. Addie, an aspiring actress, is quick to learn the behaviors of the period, and also to fixate on the handsome young man, William, who trains falcons for the lord of the manor. Will Addie remain in the past or return to her socially limited life in the future? Is Will the son of the falconer or the long lost child of Mr. Greenwood? This is sort of a distaff Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, that makes no pretense at being weighty literature. It will, however, be popular with teen girls craving a tame love story cloaked in fantasy and adventure. Recommend it to young readers who liked Ella Enchanted. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Trapped by her somewhat dubious parentage and the limited options available to women in 1913 England, 15-year-old Addy longs for a better life. However, after a scuffle incited by a classmate's taunts, she finds herself pulled from school and placed as a maid in the home of Mr. Greenwood, the local eccentric. Venturing behind the locked door of his study, she discovers a time machine that could be the key to escaping her life of drudgery. She travels back to 13th-century England, where she is mistaken for Lady Matilda, the gentlewoman who is to be married to the lord of the local castle. She quickly learns to play her role, mastering the customs of the time and gradually realizing the political importance of the marriage. She also finds it impossible to resist her attraction to Will, the falconer's son. As she becomes more and more embroiled in events, she is forced to choose between the safety of her subjects or life with the man with whom she has fallen in love. Whitman populates both of her worlds with vivid, believable characters. Akin in tone to Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty (Delacorte, 2003), this historical novel with a time-travel twist of sci-fi will find an avid readership.—Sara Saxton, Tuzzy Consortium Library, Barrow, AK
Kirkus Reviews
Addy is a 15-year-old dreamer suffering the dual humiliations of poverty and fatherlessness in her small-minded English village. When her curiosity leads her to an opportunity to travel back in time to the Middle Ages, Addy hesitates only a moment before leaving 1913 behind. Relying on her agile wits to survive, she deftly appropriates the identity of Lady Matilda, betrothed from afar to Sir Hugh, the absentee landowner to whom she is to be married in just a few weeks. In a tense first-person narration intercut with letters from Eustace, Sir Hugh's shrewd and suspicious steward, Addy masquerades as the lady of the castle. Along the way, she finds her voice as a woman and falls dangerously in love with Will, Sir Hugh's falconer. The central plot elements--time travel, mistaken identity, forbidden romance--are overly familiar devices, but Addy is an engagingly inventive heroine. Whitman's attention to historical detail and vivid descriptions bring the past alive to create an absorbing fictional world that will hook readers from the first page. (author's note, sources) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062011893
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/21/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
13 Years

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