A young eagle struggles to remember who he is in this tale written by husband-and-wife team William and Elizabeth Hicks. Benjamin is one of three eaglet siblings who are attempting to ace their first flying lesson. When a strong wind blows him off course and knocks him against a cliff, he sustains injuries to his head and wing. Disoriented, he lands in a haystack on a farm where he meets a family of chickens and befriends Jeremy, the barnyard's smallest rooster. Benjamin, now suffering from avian amnesia, has no recollection of who he is or where he came from, and despite his strange appearance, he and the other farm animals (à la “The Ugly Duckling”) assume he's simply an odd-looking chicken. Ben spends his time playing acornball with Jeremy and the other animals but yearns for something greater and experiences recurrent primal urges to fly. Soon Ben's increasingly radical behavior begins to ruffle the feathers of Jeremy's father Humphrey, who fears he will corrupt and endanger his son. Meanwhile, the barnyard contends with the ongoing threat of the “Egg-stealer,” a mysterious, terrifying creature who slinks into the barn at night to steal eggs that the hens have intentionally left, hoping to appease it and prevent further carnage. Ben is determined to end the reign of the Egg-stealer and prove his worth to the community. Ben meets other creatures—a caterpillar, a phantom night-flyer, an angel, a fairy—who impart bits of wisdom that he doesn't fully understand but nevertheless confirm his suspicion that life holds greater purpose.
“Wings” weaves powerful life lessons throughout a delightful tale that empowers children and adults alike to embrace and own their greatness. While targeted to middle school aged readers, the messages in this charming story are relevant and intriguing for anyone interested in human potential, just as many adult readers enjoy Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull. “Wings” speaks to the human condition—we all have limitless potential and yet we allow ourselves to be boxed in by limited thinking.
Why do we forget? So we can remember…
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About the Author
Elizabeth Emily Hicks and William Raymond Hicks, both natives of Southern California, are a husband and wife team who met through a transformational workshop environment. During much personal growth together, Elizabeth, a.k.a. Elise, and William were inspired to write Wings, The Journey Home. Elise and William are both students of history, psychology, self-empowerment, metaphysics and quantum physics. Their intention is to teach what they have learned in a fun and inspiring way. ‘Wings’ is their first published book, and they are working on several other books, including a book of poems, short stories, and musings.
William Raymond Hicks is a native of Southern California who met his wife, Elise (also a Southern California native), in 1996 through a transformational workshop environment called Lifespring (now M.I.T.T.). During much personal growth together, William was inspired to begin painting, as well as to co-write Wings: The Journey Home, with Elise in 1997. “Wings” is their first joint book, Our Experiences As Ghosts Aboard Titanic is their second, and ‘The Workbook’ for “Wings” is their third. They have also published 50 Poems & Musings for Ropepullers, which they co-wrote with their brother, Joseph Hicks. William has been painting, journaling, writing poetry, and creating his own works of both fiction and non-fiction. He has written a series of non-fiction books called What Most People Don’t Know…, which touches on alternative views of topics such as The Bible, cancer, money, and life purpose. William has also written a series of fiction books called Adventures with Joe, in which he and his brother, Joe, time-travel together to both the past and the future, come face to face with the paranormal, enter a wormhole to another dimension, and come face to face with alien visitors. William is working on several other books with both Elise and Joseph, as well as more of his own works. William and Elise are students of history, psychology, self-empowerment, metaphysics, and quantum physics, and their intention is to teach what they have learned in a unique, fun, and inspiring way.