Wild Things

Wild Things

by Clay Carmichael


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590789148
Publisher: Highlights
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 237,759
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Clay Carmichael has written award-winning children's books that have been translated into many languages. She teaches writing and illustrating and lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.

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I'd hoped for better, Henry's being a heart doctor. A job like that, you'd think he might actually have a heart.

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Wild Things 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I must say that Wild Things by Clay Carmichael was an unexpected reading pleasure. It is the story of Zoe who is forced to move to Sugar Hill, North Carolina to live with an uncle she has never met, Uncle Henry, after her mother dies. Zoe has been pretty much on her own from a young age as her mother ran through a bunch of boyfriends, hospital stays and the ups and downs of drugs. She is self sufficient and does not need an adult, who she undoubtedly cannot trust, to oversee her life.Zoe has an animal sense about her and senses that a cat is living around Uncle Henry¿s house¿a cat that nobody noticed before. She bets Uncle Henry $50 that the cat exists¿and wins the bet. She spends some time trying to entice the cat (aptly named C¿mere) to trust her. Uncle Henry is a cardiologist turned sculptor and spends much of his time in his studio adjoining the house. This leaves plenty of time for Zoe to explore. As she wanders the woods near Uncle Henry¿s house, she spies a white doe and tries following it, to avail. It is too fast for her. She stumbles on an old cabin, which she tries to clean up and make her own.The start of school is no joyous event. Although she wasn¿t formally schooled, Zoe is a great reader, from which she has absorbed a great deal of knowledge. So school itself and mingling with children her own age, which she had not done, is stressful and at times boring. Especially when Hargrove Peters keeps staring at her in class.Wild Things is a coming of age story about Zoe (and C¿mere) learning to trust and coming to love the adults around her. It is beautifully written. It is populated by wonderful characters including Uncle Henry, both rough and tender, his assistant Fred and Fred¿s wife Bessie, sources of company, wisdom and love, and Maud who turns out to be Zoe¿s grandmother and an avid friend of animals. What caught me at the start was the first chapter was told by C¿mere who reminisces about the various previous occupants of the house. Interspersed with Zoe¿s story are C¿mere¿s musing, thoughts and feelings. Wild Things has everything a good book needs¿action, great characters, happiness, sadness and wonderful writing. Treat yourself to Wild Things by Clay Carmichael.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Zoe, eleven and self-sufficient is sent to live with her Uncle Henry after her mother dies. Her mother had not really been much of a mother. Zoe had to fend for herself most of her growing up life. For this reason Zoe is slow to put her trust in people including her uncle. She is so afraid that people will fail her again. Throughout the book Zoe meets many people along the way that she calls friends and eventually realizes they are like family. This includes the wild boy who lives in the woods. She discovers there are many levels of trust. This book is definitely character driven. I would read more by this author.
Wild-thing More than 1 year ago
This book is personally my favorite book in the whole world!! It's about 11 year  old ( sneaking up on twelve) Zoe, who gets abandoned by her dad and has a  mom who spends more time in mental hospitals than not. After being taken  care of by her moms many boyfriends and after her mom dies, she is sent to live with her uncle Henry, a professional heart doctor and famous sculptor. At  first she thinks that all they have in common is their red hair and fiery attitudes, but read farther into the book, and you'll see that they have much more in common than they think. This book is amazing, from a cat she finds in Henry's back yard to a wild boy and a white deer that live in the woods. "Wild Things" is sure to keep you turning pages. 
Sar_Man More than 1 year ago
i really liked this book I recommend this to everyone no matter what age.
LissaMonster More than 1 year ago
There's a man and a girl and an old feral cat who all learn to trust and love. There's a family made up of people who have chosen each other. There are hardships and discovery and forgiveness and friendships. There's art and following your spirit. And it made me cry. In a good way. I absolutely adore this book.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In WILD THINGS, protagonist Zoe no longer trusts anyone. Both her parents have now left her; her father left at an early age, and now her mother, an irresponsible mother and slob, has died. As a result of her traumatic, unbelievably self-sufficient childhood, Zoe trusts only herself. To begin, Zoe goes to live with her uncle, Dr. Henry Royster, a surgeon. In his house she finds massive sharp metal sculptures dangling in a room, as she finds out her uncle is a famed sculptor. Though reluctant to trust Henry because everyone else in her life has failed her, Zoe finds much in common with him, especially their equally broken hearts. All the while, Zoe meets a cast of friendly, curious characters who are loyal to Henry and begin to mend her heart, along with a wise cat and a mystical boy in the nearby forest. Zoe's curiosity, as she explores the woods, leads to adventure, heroism, and more as she unmasks the boy's identity, defiles a local lie, and more through her Wild Spirit. The tale of WILD THINGS is a wondrous page-turner. What a phenomenal debut book by Ms. Carmichael. Throughout the story, I was stunned by the depth of the characters, and how I truly connected with many of them. My favorite part was the added perspective of the narrative of the wild cat, which adds an excellent dimension to this book. Carmichael, inspired by her actual husband, also a metal artist, skillfully weaves this story and interesting characters together to create the masterpiece that is WILD THINGS. A must-read for all readers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone of any age, particularly animal lovers!