Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen


When Wren’s drug addiction and violent behavior become too much to handle, her family sends her to a rehabilitation camp in the middle of the Utah desert. She arrives at camp angry, bitter, and unwilling to change. However, a few weeks of life where survival is difficult and at times even questionable, helps Wren begin to change. This story follows Wren’s past struggles and her path to finding who she really wants to be.

Wild Bird has a harsh premise and deals with difficult issues, but it is a powerful coming of age story. Although Wren’s case is extreme, readers will relate to her struggle to feel accepted and her journey to self discovery. This is a hard, but hopeful story that could stimulate some great discussion.

Recommended ages--13 and up

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