Wildwing

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780061724527
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Pages: 359
  • Sales rank: 1,310,897
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Whitman's first novel, Radiant Darkness, was praised for its "originality and flair" by BCCB and was a #1 IndieBound Pick. The author lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Posted September 25, 2010

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    Remarkable Protagonist and Enchanting Scenes!

    Wildwing happens in two fascinating places in time, the early 20th century and the Medieval times. Between the excellent writing and beautiful scenes, I felt like I was time traveling right along with the main character.

    Addy seemed mature for her age and naive at the same time. I think that has a lot to do with the time she grew up in. Her life is tough in 1913. Since Addy's mom is a single mother, Addy is looked down to and thought of as a disgrace by those born of "better blood". Addy's mom just takes it and accepts her place in society. But Addy is much more strong-willed than her mom. She is not happy with the cards she was dealt with, and I couldn't blame her.

    When Addy time travels and becomes mistaken for a noble lady, I thought that maybe Addy's dreams would all come true. But it doesn't take long to discover there are other motives happening behind the scenes. Not only that, but Addy falls for Will, the orphan falcon trainer. I adored Will from the moment he entered the story. I immediately wanted him and Addy to end up together. Another intriguing character was Mr. Greenwood, the widowed time machine inventor. I loved how Whitman wove the story together where every scene and character mattered.

    The ending was sweet with the promise of a happily ever after. Wildwing is an elegant tale filled with suspense and romance. It proves that no matter how out of place you feel, it's the people in your life that make you feel at home. A must read for historic fiction lovers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2012

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    While I might be late to the game where this title is concerned

    While I might be late to the game where this title is concerned since it came out in 2010, I'm glad I showed up regardless. This is a title I received as a gift from a friend and unfortunately let it sit on my shelf for far too long....obviously. I'm not quite sure what finally had me getting around to taking it off the shelf and giving it a whirl, but I found it highly entertaining. The idea of Whitman's main character, Addy, getting the chance to escape her current reality and take advantage of a time traveling machine that puts her way back in the day, and at a much high elevated position was fun to say the least.

    Who doesn't wish at least once in their life that they could have the chance to walk in someone else's shoes and see what it would be like to lead a different kind of life from their own right? I know I have on more than one occasion, and Whitman's character gets the chance to do just that. Time traveling, the intrigues of court life, romance and betrayals, all rolled up into Whitman's title. It was entertaining, with plenty of twists and turns within the plot to leave readers wondering what would come next, and how Addy could possibly pull off the charade and make things right....but boy did I enjoy myself throughout the process.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Awesome

    It was a really good book and i looked at the cover and it just called my name saying " read me" so i did and may i say it was amazing . The characters were well developed and you could relate to them. The plot was well thought out and wonderful. The ending was beautiful i loved it. I loved it so much in the middle i was frustrated because i wanted so bad for will and addy to be together. A round of applause for Emily Whitman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Great Read!

    Couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Luv it

    Luv it i like the blonde boy for his determination and i luv addy for her dreamingness

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    COOL BEANS!!!!!!!!

    I got a sample of this book and totally liked it so now im starting the book and it is COOL BEANS!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Very Enticing Romance

    I thought this book was very well done, there was character development, a villain, and of course some steamy romance, rated PG of course. Addys feelings towards being looked down upon for not having a father and being called a bastard all her life makes the reader have feelings about the sadness of social classes. I really loved this book, towards the end I was so excited to see how exactly everything was going to wrap up.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

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    Good Book!

    There is just something about historicals that bring me to life. I love reading them. Addy is swept back in time when she mess with a time machine. She is then mistaken for a lady and is taken back to the castle. She meets a falconer who has striking eyes that she remembers but just can not place it. In time she falls in love, hides secrets and discovers how this falconer really is...

    I like this book. Addy life was uncomfortable and painful. She dealt with the constant teasing for her peers as well as the pressure of her mother to be put in her place. Addy was never allowed to have any dreams because her life was made out for her. I loved Addy. Her character was not like the others in the book. She was strong willed and knew that there was more to life than what she had.

    She yearned for adventure and wanted more. Addy, after being swept into the past, learns so much more about herself. The twist in the book was good. Very good. When she met the falconer, I had no idea who he was. Ms. Whitman did a great job holding me in suspense as her characters played out there parts in revealing the secret. And boy was I happy! I jumped for joy (literally) when I found out.

    Wildwing is a great historical and one I would never forget. Ms. Whitman did a wonderful job writing two different time lines very well. During the book I felt like I was Addy chasing down secrets and learning new ways. Simply wonderful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    wonderful

    im 21 and this book was simple not overly done and a great read. i highly reccomend this book.

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