Before Wings

Before Wings

by Beth Goobie


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Having barely survived a brain aneurysm two years earlier, fifteen-year-old Adrien, working at her Aunt Erin's summer camp, is caught between the land of the living and the spirit world, unsure where she belongs. As she struggles to understand the message delivered by the spirits of the five young women that only she sees, she learns of the tragic consequences of their connection to her aunt. Faced with the knowledge that another aneurysm could strike her at any time and mostly shunned by the other staff because she is the boss's niece, Adrien finds a soulmate in Paul, the camp handyman, who is convinced that he has seen his own death foretold.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551431635
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About the Author

Beth Goobie grew up in a family in which the appearance of a normal childhood hid many secrets. She moved away to attend university, became a youth residential treatment worker and studied creative writing at the University of Alberta. She is the award-winning author of over twenty novels, including The Pain Eater, The Lottery, the CLA Award-winning Before Wings, and the adult novel The First Principles of Dreaming. Beth makes her home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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The spirits were moaning, a low sound that seemed to be calling the storm toward the beach where Adrien came to a halt, pushing to stay erect in the wind. She was sure the spirits were calling something specific—a short phrase, several words, repeated like the lightning that snaked in the sky. Another sheer burst of white and Adrien stepped forward into the wild lake, the call of the spirit girls, the energy of their brains dying across the sky. Into some understood sameness.

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Before Wings 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really amazing... pure poetry and nevertheless, it really makes you 'be there'... like living it. I coudn't put it down... I read it like in 3 nights... I would read until my eyes couldn't remain open. it was like I was Adrien sometimes Goobie really makes it believable-real.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very awesome. I couldn't put it down it only took me like 2 days to read it. I loved it. It was soo descriptive it just pulled you into the setting. Everyone should read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
IT was amazing! I couldn't put it down! You must read this book!