Flexible Wings

Flexible Wings

by Veda Stamps

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996035705
Publisher: IMO Books
Publication date: 05/14/2015
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

As a child growing up in New Orleans, Veda Stamps developed her lifelong love for storytelling while exchanging pen-pal letters with her cousin in California.

Flexible Wings is her first full-length novel, and is inspired by her community's spirit of volunteerism and the kindness of the parents on her daughter's neighborhood swim team.

She currently lives with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs in southern California, where she co-owns a community planning firm.

www.vedastamps.com

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Flexible Wings 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ML_Steinbrunn More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Debut! Veda Stamps writes an inspiring story of a young girl’s struggle to cope with her mother’s military deployment while maneuvering through the complexity of new friendships and family responsibilities. Summer works through challenge after challenge in her search of her own strength. However, after moving with her family to a new town, Summer has the opportunity to take on a new athletic adventure and through this undertaking she not only learns how to be a better sister and friend, but also how to be flexible yet strong in the face of adversity. Flexible Wings tackles a whole host of topics that children and young adults can not only identify with but can draw inspiration from. A wonderful story for young adult readers!
Book_Fanatic More than 1 year ago
Flexible Wings is a heartwarming and endearing story. Eleven-year-old Summer Stevenson is the daughter of military parents and is once again being forced to move and leave everything she knows and loves behind. Summer struggles to reconcile how the outside world views her parents as heroes when all she sees are a mom and dad that keeps breaking promises. She knows it’s not their fault they have to move but just once she wishes they could stay. As the story unfolds Summer learns to find strength and courage in herself even when everything around her is unfamiliar. Joining the swim team in her new town comes with new friends and new challenges. When her mom is deployed overseas Summer depends on her Grandmother’s age old wisdom to guide her through. This book is full of life lessons and touches on subjects like bullying, racial / cultural differences, PTSD, and military life. Flexible Wings is a story that could be hugely beneficial helping children through difficult transitions such as moving, changing schools, and even divorce. The way the author tells the story from eleven-year-old Summer’s perspective is perfect – so relatable!
Judy_Fletcher More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful middle grade novel focused on a young girl in a military family. It’s compelling to read about this family and their unique situation. It is especially uplifting to learn about a young girl overcoming various challenges. Summer is courageous and a good role model for her friends as well as the readers of this book. I like the way the author explains the characters as a part of the story. I quickly understood who's who and each character’s voice is distinct as told through the eyes of an eleven-year-old. Persistence and determination is a positive theme throughout this story. The author has a beautiful style that puts the reader in the mood of the environment and the surroundings. The writing is terrific and the story has so many delightful aspects.
TJ9000 More than 1 year ago
Flexible Wings in a perfect title because the main character, Summer, soars as she grows up in the midst of constant change. It's interesting to see a kids point of view within' a military family. And as hard as Summer tries to be tough, indifferent, and independent, it's really touching to see how much she loves her mom. The author portrays all of the main character's feelings in a fresh, imaginative way. The overall arc [of Summer growing up] is seamless and beautifully conveyed. Family is so important in this story as the dad is very involved and Mom has a huge impact on Summer, even when she's not around. The moments with Grandma are touching as well as hilarious. And the author depicts the bond with her sister, Emiko, honestly with the many aspects of kinship. As Summer tries to forge new friendships, develop relationships and face her fears, she becomes relatable to all of us. During this process is a sense of teamwork, sportsmanship, and camaraderie. Flexible Wings is an inspiring story witch I highly recommend.
Della More than 1 year ago
"Flexible Wings” is a heartwarming look at the lives of kids with parents in the military. The author does an excellent job of depicting eleven-year-old Summer’s frustration of once again having to move, having to make all new friends, trying to fit in—and deal with a parent’s deployment. The story is very well written, and an enjoyable read. It is a great book for kids, as well as adults, that struggle with finding their own inner strength. I highly recommend this book.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Summer Stevenson has spent the whole of the eleven years of her life being moved from one place to another, as she is the daughter of military parents who have had to move around a lot with their careers. She has two dreams in life; one is to have a permanent place to call home, and the second is to become an athlete, as she wants to become an Olympic swimmer. When her parents have to move home again, this time to Valencia in California, Summer is not looking forward to the move, and is apprehensive about having to start all over again in a new place, new school and with no friends. This time though something feels different, and when she is allowed to sign up for swimming lessons, she keeps her fingers crossed that this is the last time the family will move. Nothing would please her more than being able to settle in one place. Flexible Wings is a beautiful tale of one young girls heartbreak at having to move so often, and each time have to leave her friends behind. Because her family move so often, Summer tends to feel lonely. She also comes across at the start as a little depressed. She finds it hard to come to terms with her parents’ careers, as they are often away on tour, and she worries whilst they are away. She is a shy, timid girl who finds it difficult making friends, and has a lack of self-esteem. One of the problems which she feels contributes to her problems is that she is of African-American origin. However, just like the ‘Hummingbird’, you get to watch Summer grow from strength to strength throughout, and eventually you see her spread her wings and learn to love life again and enjoy herself, like every eleven year old should be able to. This is an emotional story of one young girl trying to find her way in this world and overcome her problems by facing them head on. A fantastic book that will tear at your heart-strings, yet put a smile on your face.
David_Neumeier More than 1 year ago
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite In Flexible Wings by Veda Stamps, Summer Stevenson has had enough. She is tired of all the moving around and the constant worry about her parents and making new friends. Being an army brat is not easy. Other people see your parents as heroes, but to her they are her parents and there is not much she can do about changing people’s perspectives. Her family recently moved to Valencia, California. She was not ready to move, not yet, but here she was, moved to a new city with no friends to speak of. Things looked up a bit when she joined the competitive swimming team, but it turned out she was the least talented. Add the bullies at school and her mother’s deployment and Summer is not in a very good place right now. She was ready to give up, but the swimming coach will have none of that and neither will her grandmother. Taking strength from their conviction, Summer is ready to face the music and do battle. But can she really find courage to face her fears about her mother who is oceans away? Can she find the talent in her that her coach sees? There are some novels that are a joy to read; they demand a second read before you can write a review. This novel was one of them. Flexible Wings was such an amazing novel. Summer was real, her issues were real and her courage was real. There was no sugar coating and everything was lifelike. We all know that mixed raced children have it hard, but no writer has been able to portray that effectively (apart from Toni Morrison). Veda Stamps did that and I love her because of it. The illustrations were fantastic. they helped me understand the setting and characters much better. Five stars!