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Wall And The Wing (Wall and the Wing #1)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  765 ratings  ·  101 reviews
In one vast
and sparkling city,
everyone can fly.

Almost everyone.

A few, nicknamed leadfeet, are sentenced by a trick of nature or fate to forever spend their lives closer to the ground. But one night, a girl named Gurl - a leadfoot, an orphan, a nobody - discovers that she can do something much better than fly.

She can become invisible.

This amazing power will help her un
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Published (first published March 1st 2006)
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Michelle
This was a pretty cute tale about "Gurl" who discovers that she has a strange magical power. Adventure ensues.

I enjoyed the quick read however it was not one of those young adult books that is as well-liked by adults. It was a simple story with rather simple morals. Good for reading on the plane, which is what I did.
Shipoftheseus
After reading the first eleven pages of "The Chapter Before the First," I told friends that it read like Diana Wynne Jones writing a New York City version of Neverwhere with Douglas Adams sneaking in occasional asides when she wasn't looking.

Having now completely the novel, I can state categorically for the record that my initial impression was 110% correct, and if that doesn't make you want to read this book, I don't know how to help you. I suggest you offer to do favors for Satan in exchange f
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Fallen*63
Oct 25, 2008 Fallen*63 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers.
Recommended to Fallen*63 by: My friend.
This book is about a girl named... well... Gurl. She lives at Hope House for the Helpless and the Hopeless Orphanage. She has no friends, and Digger is constantly picking on her. Everything stays the same, until one night, at the back of Luigi's, a cat decides to choose her as her owner. She has to keep the cat hidden from everyone else at Hope House. Also, everyone there can fly, except Gurl. She can turn invisible, though. A new boy comes to Hope House, named Bug. Together they sneak out from ...more
Mary
Dec 28, 2011 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasy
4.5 stars.

The moment I read the summary for this book, I knew that I had to read it. I don't believe I've ever read a summary quite that interesting. I didn't get that into the book until I kept reading. The more I read, the more I loved the book. This book isn't quite like anything I've ever read before. The author sure knows how to capture your attention.

What I loved most about this book was probably the characters. I loved Girl and Bug. I also thought the pacing that their friendship evolved
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Nathaniel Wyckoff
This novel was great fun. It features an intricate, sometimes riveting, storyline and a host of hilarious characters and situations. At times, it had me literally laughing out loud. From start to finish, Laura Ruby manages to keep the reader engaged, entertained and thinking.

The story is set in an alternate world, in which most human beings can fly. Most people are lousy at flying, a few are expert enough to do so as professional athletes, and a small number cannot fly at all. Those who cannot
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Jennifer
AMAZING! My 8 year old sister was given this book for her birthday and only just picked it up- she read 80-100 pages a day and finished it in a few days, we could hardly get her attention till she was done! I made the mistake of picking it up to scan the first few pages and see why she was so addicted and ended up egging her on to read to the end so I could steal it and finish the story (I'm 19!). The characters are brilliant, the story is set in a world like ours but with magic, monsters, psych ...more
Lindsey
For me, it was on of those stories that I only liked after I read the ending. My bet is that it was a lot more fun to write than it would be for any one else to read. Harsh opinion? ...Maybe.

The world here is one wherein people fly around. No wings, no magic dust, just ... people flying. Why? You won't know until the end, and it wasn't until that point that I became amused, but maybe only because it was so cleverly tongue-in-cheek.

As far as kids books goes, it's entertaining. There's very little
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Chelsea
I was really hoping for a bit more from this book. It never really managed to measure up to my expectations. I thought it was an okay read, but from some of the reviews I'd read I guess I was hoping for something more along the lines of Harry Potter. Silly, I know, but a girl can dream ;p.

It took me a lot longer to finish this book than I planned, which was quite unfortunate. I never really connected with the characters, but I did like how everything was so deftly interwoven with the plot. Ther
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Holly
This whimsical tale was a joy to read. The story is complex and quirky. Well-written characters and original ideas make this a fun read.
Aelvana
Gurl is an orphan living in Hope House for the Homeless and Hopeless, with no talent at all for flying and no friends. That is, until she stumbles across a cat. She falls in love, but the headmistress uses that love to force Gurl to steal expensive items for her. And then there's Bug, the somewhat helpful, somewhat annoying boy who insists the cat actually belongs to him, since he found it in the hall after it had escaped Gurl's room. But the headmistress is not the only one who wants to exploit ...more
Zarakoda
This is a wild, wacky book in which cats are riddles, mechanical monkeys steal peoples' memories, and all people can fly. Well, all but one... the Wall, an orphaned girl profoundly named "Gurl" who can turn invisible. The book is extremely abstract, with a great sense of humor. True, it is predictable, and characters can be annoying (like Bug), but overall I find it a fun, quick read. I know it sounds really weird by my brief description of it, but it somehow works out.
Caitlin
this book was so interesting!
I liked the part when the enemies son helped gurl escape from his father's dark little box and helped her get food.
Robin
The author of Lily's Ghosts brings us a book so funny that it hurts, set in a magical world so weird that it can only be New York City. She doesn't come right out and name it, though. She describes it as "a vast and sparkling city, a city at the center of the universe." But it's also a city that has grown upward because the natural moat around it prevents it from spreading outward; a city with skyscrapers, subways, a Little Italy, a Chinatown, a Radio City Music Hall, a Times Square, and a Broo ...more
Cathleen Ash
Gurl is crouched behind Luigi's dumpster, waiting for the busboy to drop the trash with forgotten leftovers. She's escaped the Hope House for the Homeless & Hopeless for the night, proud to be out on her own in the city. The dark is nice - mostly because there are only a few wings flying around, not thousands like during the day, when al the people who can fly do. "their just airheads"---- gurl, a lead foot who can't fly. Shes pulling four boxes out of the trash, filled with pasta & lasa ...more
Zoe L
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Carissa
i really liked some of the elements of this book--flying people, mechanical monkeys that can convince you to tell them your secrets and then spill them back out for a certain fee, cats as rare animals, an orphanage where the headmistress gives everyone terrible nicknames (Gurl, Digger (for one who picks her nose), Ruckus), the answer hand, a professor who grew grass out of his head instead of hair and walks around in a housecoat--but too often there were other off-putting tidbits (the professor ...more
Caroline Potterf
Feb 03, 2008 Caroline Potterf rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 11+, ya's and adults with senses of humor
We picked this up as and audio from the library one time, and we are so glad we did. It was so cute!

"The Wall and the Wing," to begin with, is an interesting title, is it not? The whole story sort of reads like the title. Interesting bit here, you ponder on something there, but mostly it's all in good fun. The plot was lovely, the characters were absolutely brilliant, and the writing style was very, very funny. Laugh-out-loud funny.

It is a story of two orphans, a boy and a girl, who find they h
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Brandy
For a teen book discussion. A world where (most) people can fly and every century or so, one child is born who can turn invisible. Cats are rare, orphanages are stereotypical horrible places run by a sadistic matron, and mechanical monkeys hold children's memories. All wrapped up with a couple of bland characters (one actively annoying, the other just dull) and tied with a kind of humor that is funny at first, but you hate yourself for laughing because that just encourages it and it never lets u ...more
Pms Mrsmoose
This is a fantastic book for a day where you need to smile. The characters are complex and witty and the cats make it feel even more whimsical. I love the blend of genres and can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Maggie V
"He was a blood-sucking, money-grubbing, opera-loving, quiche-eating, greedy little snot-nosed pretty boy, and he wouldn't amount to anything but a sweet-cheeked diaper model." (At least that's the bad guy)

For some reason, this book put me in mind of "Wicked" and then as I read more I felt that it was also similar to "The Order of the Odd Fish" It was the bizarreness as natural and the odd things happening to the characters that connected these books--nothing with plot or style. You have to acce
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Rachel
A future New York City where everyone can fly. Or, almost everyone. A couple, called leadfeet, can't fly. A girl named Gurl, a leadfoot and an orphan, tries to find her way in the world with a boy named Bug. Neither knows their hidden talents, but they're about to find out! With the help of a grass-haired professor, a notorious gangster, a mechanical monkey, and the Richest Couple in the Universe, Bug and Gurl will find out who they are.

This was a quick moving story with spur-of-the-moment acti
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Gphatty
Clever fantasy about a world where most people fly naturally, making those unforunate "leadfeet" a type of social outcast. Our heroine, however, gets a different gift -- invisibility -- and she uses it to break free of her orphanage routines. However, despite the basic traits it shares with many fantasies for younger children, the plotting and character development are much stronger than stuff I've read lately. And the writer doesn't waste time with a lot of expository writing, which I appreciat ...more
Gloriavirtutisumbra
Oh this one is a charmer! Every almost predictable moment gets trounced and pummeled by 5 unexpected waitaseconds! I would go on in detail but some of the things in this are so good you simply have to read it for yourself, i refuse to spoil it for you.

reread in 2014, after my niece told me I had given it to her and it was her favorite book from junior high years, and I had completely totally forgotten about it to the point of being surprised I had even written a review. Yes it is good, yes i re
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April
A very fun and interesting read which was well read by the voice actor. Definitely kooky and with strange twists here, there and everywhere but lots of fun.
MisterFweem
OK, I'm going to pick a nit here, but it's something I hope peopel who read what I write will do as well:

eBay.

The author mentions eBay. Is that evil in and of itself?

Yeah.

Not because of the crass commerciality. That doesn't bug me.

I just like my fantasy to be, you know, fantasy. And when the current world intrudes into my fantasy, I get a little cranky.

That aside, I've got to report that this is a good book. A little predictable, but then most fantasy for this age group is a little predictable.
Joy
Three strikes against this book: (1) the gratuitous Use of Capital Letters; (2) the jarring mix of standard fantasy tropes and contemporary world elements; (3) the author's obvious high estimation of her own cleverness.

I think Ruby is reaching after a Harry Potter-ish whimsy, but she's failing rather spectacularly. Also, Connie Willis did the cat thing better in To Say Nothing of the Dog.

Kelly
Quite odd. The fantastical details overwhelmed the story somewhat.
Alison
Wacky, weird and wonderful. Something for confident readers 9-10+. I love it when i discover a book that's been buried or forgotten. This was published in 2006 in the USA as The Wall and the wing, bow it is reborn in an UK edition as the Invisible girl. The sequel was The Chaos king now republished as the Boy who could fly. I am having trouble finding a new print copy of the latter but see it is available on Overdrive which is great for my school library.
Alex
Another great entry in that modern-american-kids-fantasy genre. Is that a genre? Is it a real thing? Who knows?

This book was a fun read, with all sorts of little nonsense bits twisting about each other until they all resolved in the end. It was strange, but in a really good way. Reminded me a lot of Jon Berkeley and his novels.

Anyway, there's a sequel, and it doesn't feel like it needs a sequel, but that's up next on the reading docket.
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Raised in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, Laura Ruby now lives in Chicago with her family. Her short fiction for adults has appeared in various literary magazines, including Other Voices, The Florida Review, Sycamore Review and Nimrod. A collection of these stories, I'M NOT JULIA ROBERTS, was published by Warner Books in January 2007. Called "hilarious and heart-wrenching" by People and "a knowi ...more
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“A word about Hope House: there are places in the world where so many desperate people have lived and so many bad things have happened that the places themselves have become desperately bad. They're damp and weird and smell like foot fungus. The windows are never clean, and the linoleum curls up at the edges because it can't stand the floor. Every corner is sprayed with cobwebs and quivering shadows. When you walk into those bad places, you can feel a headache brewing between your eyebrows, a churning in your gut, a cold prickle at the back of your neck. You feel sad and angry and helpless, all at the same time. These bad places seem to hate you but, they also seem to want to keep you there very very much. 0 likes
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