Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wild Wings by Gill Lewis

 Most books I read just because they appeal to me.  Wild Wings by Gill Lewis is a CA Young Reader nominee for the 2014-15 school year.  I was not sure what to expect from this book as I had never heard of it before.  After reading this book, however, I have a new hero in my life.   His name is Callum.  I am confident that when you finish reading this book, Callum will be your hero as well.

Wild Wings takes place on Callum's family farm in Scotland.  It is there that his friend, Iona, finds a wild male osprey preparing a nest for mating.  Callum and Iona see another wild osprey female (that they name Iris) that finds the male, along with the nest.  Iona and Callum keep this a secret and watch the nest each day, witnessing the birth of a new baby osprey in the process.  Nearby Callum's farm is an osprey reserve.  A worker at the osprey reserve sees Iris flying one day.  He puts a transmitter on Iris so they can keep track of her when she migrates to Africa.  Callum enjoys watching the migration on his computer, looking at all the countries Iris flies over to get to Africa.  One day the signal is lost.  How can Callum help her from so many miles away?  He makes contact via email with Jeneba, a girl in a hospital in Africa.  Callum forms a friendship as the two work together to help Iris.  Over time Callum helps Jeneba too.

After reading this book you may want to find out more about osprey. Wild Wings lists a variety of websites you can search.  Perhaps you can find an animal that is migrating and follow its path.

Happy Daily Reading

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