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Wings in the Wild - by Margarita Engle

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  • This gorgeously romantic contemporary novel-in-verse from award-winning author Margarita Engle tells the "inspiring and hopeful" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) love story of two teens fighting for climate action and human rights.
  • 240 Pages
  • Young Adult Fiction, Science & Nature

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This gorgeously romantic contemporary novel-in-verse from award-winning author Margarita Engle tells the "inspiring and hopeful" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) love story of two teens fighting for climate action and human rights.

Winged beings are meant to be free. And so are artists, but the Cuban government has criminalized any art that doesn't meet their approval. Soleida and her parents protest this injustice with their secret sculpture garden of chained birds. Then a hurricane exposes the illegal art, and her parents are arrested.

Soleida escapes to Central America alone, joining the thousands of Cuban refugees stranded in Costa Rica while seeking asylum elsewhere. There she meets Dariel, a Cuban American boy whose enigmatic music enchants birds and animals--and Soleida.

Together they work to protect the environment and bring attention to the imprisoned artists in Cuba. Soon they discover that love isn't about falling--it's about soaring together to new heights. But wings can be fragile, and Soleida and Dariel come from different worlds. They are fighting for a better future--and the chance to be together.



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*"Luscious verse and beautiful descriptions of the flora and fauna bring attention to the impacts of the climate crisis and the urgent need for change. Inspiring and hopeful; young love and the call to action resonate."--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"Employing stunningly immersive verse and distinct alternating perspectives, Engle sets Soleida and Dariel's developing relationship against a backdrop of advocacy to present a profoundly romantic read that prioritizes topical issues, such as environmental and refugee crises, and political oppression of artists."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"This novel-in-verse exposes readers to the realities of Cuban refugees in South America and the persecution they faced in their home county. . . It is also a story of hope. Hope in a younger generation which is fighting for climate change and for reforestation. And, finally, it is a story of love. . . Highly Recommended." --School Library Connection



About the Author



Margarita Engle is the Cuban American author of many books including the verse novels Rima's Rebellion; Your Heart, My Sky; With a Star in My Hand; The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor winner; and The Lightning Dreamer. Her verse memoirs include Soaring Earth and Enchanted Air, which received the Pura Belpré Award, a Walter Dean Myers Award Honor, and was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, among others. Her picture books include Drum Dream Girl, Dancing Hands, and The Flying Girl. Visit her at MargaritaEngle.com.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.25 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W) x .48 Inches (D)
Weight: .41 Pounds
Suggested Age: 12-17 Years
Number of Pages: 240
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Sub-Genre: Science & Nature
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Theme: Environment
Format: Paperback
Author: Margarita Engle
Language: English
Street Date: April 23, 2024
TCIN: 89392487
UPC: 9781665926379
Item Number (DPCI): 247-27-6815
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.48 inches length x 5.5 inches width x 8.25 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.41 pounds
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