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Maybe it was bad karma. Maybe it was just bad luck. Whatever the reason, fifteen-year-old David was born defective. His bug eyes, pinched face, and hearing aids are obvious, but there is a secret David keeps from everyone, even his foster parents. Because of a thin layer of skin hidden under each arm, David can fly--well, glide is more like it. Terrified of doctors, wary o ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 24th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published July 1st 2007)
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Oct 13, 2008 Terri rated it really liked it
What a wonderful surprise! When I learned that this book was being considered for a big reading project, I had to read it. It is a quick, easy read!

David suffers from a rare malady, avian dactylicism (don't bother looking it up - it is entirely of the author's imagining), which includes hyper-sensitive hearing, large eyes, small chin, large ears, an appetite for insects, and wings (a secret which he keeps hidden). To escape bullying and to hide David's secret, his mother sends him away from New
Zach Miller
May 06, 2011 Zach Miller rated it it was amazing
This book was very interesting and the reason why i picked this book is because it looked very intersting and it seemed from the back cover it was like a superhero book. I thought he would be on the news when his friends found out he had wings and he had to go join a circus somewhere. It was a ficton book because I thought it was a sci-fi movie based book. The main characters are David, Cheetah, The Trotwoods, and Dr. remesey. The main problem in this book was he had wings and he can fly but is ...more
Jul 25, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yal

David is not a normal boy by the standards of society. He is bullied at school because of his appearance and disabilities (or are they abilities?), so he changes to a school for others like him who are not “normal.” David befriends Cheetah, who has epilepsy. He struggles with his “defects,” wondering if they are a curse or a gift. He questions what God has done to him and if, perhaps, God might have a plan for his defects.

Defect explores issues of disability, self-acceptance, and personal choice
Justin Maupin
Main characters are David, cheetah, and his parents. It's about a kid that has wings and some people call him a freak and some call him an angle. He has the option to get his wings cut off. I conclude that he won't be called a monster anymore.
David Segura
May 13, 2015 David Segura rated it it was amazing
Title: Defect
By: Will Weaver

Age Recommendation: 14+
Genre: Fiction
Theme: That everyone is different. No matter what’s going with them in their lives doesn’t mean anyone has it worse.

Quotes: “I really liked this book. It was, in a nutshell, different. ” - Karen Kaiser
“A very emotional book, and something all teenaged should read. ” - Sarah

What would you do if you had wings and a hearing of a bat?

There is a kid named David who gets bullied like every teen goes through. Nobody liked David because h
Barbara Trimm
Jan 22, 2016 Barbara Trimm rated it it was ok
Shelves: deformities
Gr. 6-9. David is being bullied in school. He has an odd odor and kids call him stink. After being involved in a few fights he is transferred to a special school for students who have difficulties in the regular school system. He finds a girlfriend, Cheetah and things start looking up but David is hiding a secret that he has not even told his loving foster parents. He doesn't even know what is wrong with him until he reads a book on human abnormalities in the hospital. He has Ichtyosis vulgaris. ...more
Jul 09, 2010 Dracolibris rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, 2008
If Bat Boy (from US Weekly World News fame) had a sensitive young adult author to write his story, it would be something like this...
Jakie Diaz
Feb 19, 2016 Jakie Diaz rated it really liked it
This book DEFECT written by Will Weaver was a really great book. It's about this kid that was born with abnormal disabilities. He has extra skin that he grew under his armpits and also his eyesight is really bad and his ears are formed very differently like most people. I really liked how it was written. It had you asking questions and wondering what would happen next. I enjoy cliff hangers and trying to make you read more and more. As you can see, this book is a really great book and I recommen ...more
Jul 05, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
I love reading books by Will Weaver, because the setting is so familiar to me. I know (and have been to most of) the towns that he mentions in his books. He's from Bemidji, Minnesota, and all the towns that he mentions are either Minnesota or North Dakota towns. I met him at a Young Authors Conference a couple years ago. I sat in the class that he taught to students from my school and other neighboring schools.

Anyway, what can I say about this book? It's the most recent of his books that I've re
Oct 29, 2010 Harley rated it liked it
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Karen Kaiser
Dec 27, 2013 Karen Kaiser rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was, in a nutshell, different.

David is a fifteen-year-old with a few mutations; he's 'ugly,' has 'hearing aids' and has this really bad smell (which, I have to say, was the only defect of his that I could imagine myself being slightly put-off by. That sounds shallow of me, but I'm just being brutally honest with myself). But what he hasn't told anyone is that there's one more mutation; his wings. Or rather, flaps of skin under his arms that allow him to glide and ar
Karen Ball
Feb 04, 2012 Karen Ball rated it really liked it
David is a foster kid who is different. He has a genetic defect which has given him flaps of skin from his back to his arms (sort of like bat wings), oddly shaped ears, a face that doesn't look quite normal, and extraordinary hearing. He wears hearing aids which actually block out most of the sounds for him. He can't really fly, but with his "wings" extended, he can jump off a high place and glide safely. Because of his appearance, he is bullied and transferred through many foster homes and scho ...more
May 29, 2012 Jamie rated it did not like it
I did not like this book very much at all. It was a concept that perhaps could have worked out well (boy born with a birth defect that basically gives him wings and super-hearing like a bat)...but instead it sort of flopped.

The writing felt sort of amateurish. For example, I think this book was supposed to be something of a "coming of age" story, because the main character would experience some *ahem* "male reaction" to interactions with a certain female. And then, of course, he ended up getting
Jennifer Wardrip
May 04, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it
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David is more than just odd, or strange, or different. David is kind of a genetic anomaly, truly a freak of nature. His "hearing aids" actually minimize sound, under his hat are bat-like ears, and under his sweatshirt, well, that's the craziest part of all. David actually has wings. Not big feathery things, but a thin layer of tissue that allows him to coast through the air if he jumps from a high point.

Anybody in high school knows that being diff
Unique Morris
Mar 16, 2014 Unique Morris rated it did not like it
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Dec 31, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
A very emotional book, and something all teenaged should read.

David, along with face deformaties that make him 'ugly', has a rare syndrome that causes him to have extra skin flaps from his armpits to his ribcage, which create 'wings'.

This book followed David through his struggles of missing his mother, being bullied, and coming to face his 'defect'. He meets friends along the way, Cheetah, a friendly girl with seizures, and Brandon, a kid with bone cancer who is dying and enjoys making jokes a
Stephanie S.
Apr 23, 2009 Stephanie S. rated it really liked it
This book was really interesting. It was about a boy named David who was born really ugly, but also with super good hearing and skin under his arms that can stretch out like wings. He likes to use them to cliff jump so he can Glide through the air as if he is flying. He spends a lot of his time trying to keep people from finding this out. He ends up getting kicked out of his school because (since other kids bully him all the time) he is a "disruption". He is instead sent to an alternate school, ...more
Grant Hollenbeck
Oct 04, 2010 Grant Hollenbeck rated it liked it
MY book is called Defect by Will Weaver.He's not a vampire, not any kind of strange creature, he's just a normal teenage boy but with wings! He's an outcast, a freak he and has no friends,people make fun of him. So one night David someone challenges him to a fight on barn bluff(redwing MN)he goes there but instead of fighting him he fakes his death and the kid he was going to fight(with his friends) freaks out. He gets them all messed up that he is causing trouble at his school. He is transfered ...more
Alysha Speer
To put it plainly, this book is weird. It is a good book, nonetheless, and the ending was awesome, but while I was reading it, I couldn't help but think how strange it was.
David has wings. He's not a vampire, not any kind of strange creature, he's just a normal teenage boy (albeit a very ugly boy, with amazing hearing and the ability to fly). But he's an outcast, a freak. He has no friends, and people make fun of him.
So one night David fakes his own death. A few days later, he comes back to sch
Cecilia Rodriguez
Feb 25, 2016 Cecilia Rodriguez rated it liked it
David is a fifteen year old foster child transplanted from New York to Minnesota.
A frequent target for bullying, David finally reveals his secret in a very spectacular way.
The plot's theme addresses society's obsession with appearance.
As a teenager, David feels the pressure to "Fit in," rather than be different.
A very well written story with a good message.
Grace Y.
Jun 29, 2014 Grace Y. rated it really liked it
There are very little words to describe this book. Mystical, exciting, weird. But the best word, is perfection. I like that this book tells about liking who you are, and not changing yourself even if the chance to was right in front of you.
David has an interesting defect. Born with an excess of skin; especially under his arms and a distict odor; David is not well accepted by his peers. After one too many hazings; David is moved to an alternative high school where he meets Cheetah; a girl with epilepsy. Cheetah and David form a strong friendship that eventually turns to love as they grow closer; when David is faced with a choice. Remain a freak; or take an elective surgery to have his extra skin removed and become "normal."

I hate t
Jan 21, 2014 Francesca rated it liked it
it was well written but short so I didn't get time or depth to really get to know the characters. the introduction of the new characters was not done as well as it could have been so it was confusing and I couldn't distinguish one new character from another. The end was kind of left hanging but overall it was a good book
Mar 20, 2015 Lindsey rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-read
Could not finish. There are several scenes where the main character eats bugs and describes in some detail how they taste and feel. I was eating lunch. Then I was not.
Oct 13, 2008 TheSaint rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
For some reason, there’s been a “winged person” meme among young adult authors lately. The most recent addition to the sub-genre is Defect by Will Weaver.
David was born with a skin deformity that had doctors itching to make their careers out of “curing” him. But David’s mom was in no way prepared to take on such a task and shipped him off to live with relatives and kindly strangers while she drowned her sorrows in drugs. Naturally, David was bullied mercilessly where ever he went. Until he deci
Oct 17, 2007 Kristi rated it really liked it
Shelves: fourstars, youngadult
A boy who is also somewhat like a bat does his best to hide his deformities, but can't resist going gliding now and then. He gets discovered, of course, and there's a media frenzy. He then has to decide whether he should get "corrective" surgery to look normal or not.

Several of the characters were flat and I couldn't keep them straight, but the main character was interesting and his dilemma was decently explained. I found myself getting impatient with his lack of reasoning about what it would r
Sep 27, 2010 Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, 2007
Ages 12+ (a few sexual references, one "shit") Sixteen year old David is different. Bug-eyed, big eared, small jawed, tall and skinny. But that's not his biggest difference - he has wings. Wings that he's carefully kept hidden from everyone in Minnesota, where he was sent to live by his mother at age 12. Torment from his classmates leads him to an alternative high school, where he meets Cheetah, a girl with epilepsy. Are David's deformities a gift or a curse? And if he had the chance, would he g ...more
Alicia Jones
Apr 19, 2016 Alicia Jones rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Very lovely. I was obsessed with the oddness of it all, in love with the relationships in the story.
Apr 29, 2012 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
David was born with defects-bulging eyes, pinched face, and wings. His mother gave him up as a toddler, he doesn't know his father. The foster couple that he lives with is very supportive, but no one knows about his wings.Kids with defects usually get picked on by bullies, and David gets picked on by Kal, but defends himself, which sends him onto the alternative school where he makes a friend with a girl, Cheetah. Events continue to change and doctors get involved wanting to make David normal. O ...more
Dec 26, 2007 Patrick rated it really liked it
Shelves: novelist-reviews
David's a bully-magnet: bad skin, badder smell, and baddest bug-eyes. Still, he's doing his best with his foster parents, growing up in rural Minnesota, far away from his drug-addicted New York mother. He finds himself in an alternative school with other outsiders, including Cheetah, a girl with a truckload of health issues. But David's holding out on everyone about his biggest secret; he has wings. When he's outted, a 24/7 news cycle media circus erupts, while inside David faces his own turmoil ...more
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I grew up in the Midwest, and had no idea I'd become a writer one day. However I gradually felt a need to tell my own stories. To explain, in writing, how I saw the world.

Today I'm a full time writer with 13 novels, many short stories, and two movie adaptations. I enjoy visiting schools and libraries, and sharing what I've learned about writing–and just hanging out with teachers and their students
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