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Wings (Mysterious Mr. Spines #1)

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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  219 ratings  ·  47 reviews
When Edward?s mother dies, his aunt sends him to a school for troubled youths. There, Edward develops an itch in his back that he can?t scratch, and when he gets angry it seems like he can move things with his mind. When the itch erupts into a set of wings, an evil teacher tries to cut them off. Edward is rescued by Mr. Spines, who reveals that Edward is a Guardian, a magi ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published February 5th 2009 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 2009)
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Liz
Nov 28, 2009 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids ages 9-12
Shelves: lis-565
Its 1920 and Edward Macleod is living in Portland, Oregon. Since the death of his mother he has been sent to a trade boarding school, is bullied by a kid named Grudge, he has unusually cruel teachers and the mysterious itch on his back continues to get worse. He finds that all of these things fit together and is shocked to discover his true identity as a non-human creature, a Guardian. His itch sprouts wings and he is saved from school by Mr. Spines only to be chased by evil Groundlings under th ...more
R.J.
This is my opinion and if you don't agree with me I don't care. I loved this book! Personally I love the made up facts and
descriptions about the after life in the writers eyes and the Imagination is oringnally spectacular and a great read! In fact the series kept me on my toes wondering if Edward would ever find his mother and gain the skills such as flight needed to be a true guardian.
I think Edward has a very interesting personality for a teenage boy being timd and shy but is very gentle beca
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Julie
Aug 25, 2009 Julie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: younger readers who love fantasy
Recommended to Julie by: Sydney
Shelves: 2009, sci-fi-fantasy
I came upon this book quite by accident because it was recommended to me by my cousin's daughter. We were talking about books, as we often do, and I was asking if they had read Wings by Aprilynne Pike but I hadn't clarified the author so they thought I was talking about this book. After a bit of confusing conversation, we realized that we weren't talking about the same book at all, only different ones, but with almost enough similarities that it took a few minutes to notice that. I must admit I ...more
Miss Bookiverse
Jul 05, 2010 Miss Bookiverse rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Tim Burton and/or John Connolly's "The Gates"
Wings hat meine Aufmerksamkeit mit seinem wunderbaren Cover auf sich gezogen. Scott Altmanns Zeichnung finde ich schon verehrungswürdige genug, aber um noch einen oben drauf zu setzen, glänzt der Buchdeckel auch noch wie Alufolie in der Sonne. Großartig!

In dem Roman geht es um den Waisenjungen Edward, der noch immer mit dem Verlust seiner Mutter kämpft. Seine Tante hat ihn auf ein Internat für schwer Erziehbare geschickt und dort wird er aufgrund seiner großen, dürren Statur von den anderen geh
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Valerie Comeaux
Not a fan. I know that this is just the first in a series, but there was no central conflict that received some sort of resolution. It really felt like I only read the exposition of a longer story. The writing was very elementary and nothing in the book seemed original (cross between the Paradise Lost and Neverending Story).

This is an LYRC nominated book for grades 6-8. As a 7th grade teacher, I read this and cannot believe that the book was listed for this age group. I suppose the subject matte
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Aelvana
Edward's life is hard enough, what with being a freakishly tall fourteen-year-old that speaks with a stutter. But now he's got something that bothers him more than the school bully: an itch right on that spot between his shoulder blades where neither hand can reach to scratch. Oh, and he seems to have gained the power to move things with his mind, as well as a truly frightening set of new enemies. Edward doesn't know why he's being chased, but he knows getting caught would be a really bad idea.. ...more
Justyn Rampa
This book was as satisfying as I expected it to be. It is chock full of imagination and fantastical ideas. Reminds me of classic children's literature in the style of Roald Dahl. It is controversial in that it very much deals with the afterlife and death and angels, but it is not necessarily claiming to present those things in a definitive light. There are merely plot points for a story the author wanted to tell about a boy named Edward who had a terrible itch on his back.
Savannah
I l-o-v-e-d this book. It was the best that I've read in along time.
Although marley and me was pretty good. I was really sad to find out that the
sequal is not out yet, as soon as it comes out I will be sure to buy it.
JennysGedanken
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Bella (Bella's Wonderworld)
Beschreibung:

Der 14-jährige Edward ist eine fast 2 Meter lange Bohnenstange und gilt als ein ziemlicher Sonderling, der stottert und am liebsten Kartenhäuser baut. Als ihm in letzter Zeit immer öfters eine Stelle direkt zwischen den Schulterblättern zu jucken beginnt ahnt Edward noch nicht was bald mit ihm geschehen wird, denn Edward ist ein Wächter dem nun seine wunderschönen Flügel wachsen.

Auf der Flucht vor Whiplash Scruggs, der Edward seine Flügel stutzen will begegnet er dem mysteriösen Mr.
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Cathrin Kühl
Schreibstil

Lethcoe hat einen einfachen Schreibstil, der auch für Kinder gut verständlich ist. Selbst die seltsamen Gerätschaften, die Mr. Spines mitsamt seiner Kumpanen erfunden hat oder nutzt, konnte ich mir als Leserin bildlich vorstellen. Dazu erzeugt er meiner Ansicht nach kindgerechte Spannung und löst die Rätsel auch immer verständlich auf.

Charaktere

Edward wächst einem fast augenblicklich ans Herz. Ist er zu Beginn noch der schüchterne, stotternde Junge, mausert er sich im Laufe des ersten
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Kerstin
Kurzbeschreibung:
Edward, gerade mal 14 Jahre alt, gilt als Sonderling: Er stottert, ist eine fast 2 m lange »Bohnenstange«, baut am liebsten Kartenhäuser und dann ist da diese merkwürdige Stelle auf seinem Rücken, die juckt und juckt bis ihm eines Tages schwarze Flügel wachsen! Von diesem Moment an ist nichts mehr wie es einmal war. Auf der Flucht vor Whiplash Scruggs, der es auf seine Flügel abgesehen hat, bekommt Edward unerwartet Unterstützung von dem mysteriösen Mr. Spines. Mit ihm taucht er
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Laura
Nov 27, 2010 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
Der Auftakt zu einer Jugendbuchserie handelt von dem 14-jährigen Edward. Ein schlaksiger, großgewachsener Junge, der das Glück selten auf seiner Seite hat. Seit dem Tod seiner Mutter geht er auf eine Berufsschule, in der er mit vielen Hänseleien kämpfen muss.
Eines Tages beginnt eine Stelle an seinem Rücken unaufhörlich heftig zu jucken. Edward wachsen Flügel. Kaum ist dies geschehen, sind auch schon ein Haufen finstere Gestalten hinter ihm her. Nichts ist mehr so wie es war. Edward muss herausfi
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Brina
Der 14-jährige Edward ist auf seiner Berufschule ein Außenseiter. Für sein Alter ist er zu groß und für die Art der Schule ist er viel zu intelligent. Durch sein Stottern wird er von anderen Schülern gemieden oder provoziert. Die Provokationen von Grudge, einem bulligen Jungen gehen sogar so weit, dass Edward sich beinahe mit ihm geprügelt hätte.

Durch eine juckende Stelle am Rücken wird er in der Berufschule immer auffälliger, denn komischerweise gehen seine Wünsche in Erfüllung, wenn er versuch
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Brina
Der 14-jährige Edward ist auf seiner Berufschule ein Außenseiter. Für sein Alter ist er zu groß und für die Art der Schule ist er viel zu intelligent. Durch sein Stottern wird er von anderen Schülern gemieden oder provoziert. Die Provokationen von Grudge, einem bulligen Jungen gehen sogar so weit, dass Edward sich beinahe mit ihm geprügelt hätte.

Durch eine juckende Stelle am Rücken wird er in der Berufschule immer auffälliger, denn komischerweise gehen seine Wünsche in Erfüllung, wenn er versuch
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Linda M.C. Nguyen
This story makes the afterlife seem like a magical adventure. It has no shortage of fantastic creatures.

This book provides a good introduction to new magical worlds where songs and Guardian words have the power to protect, heal, or harm. Edward's stuttering can be a little too much at times, but the variety of characters and creatures makes Edward's adventure (and kidnapping) quite fun to follow.

In "Wings" (book 1), there certainly is a beginning, but I didn't feel there's much of a middle or
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Jillix
Das Buch ist sehr angenehm zu lesen. Es liest sich sehr flüssig und daher könnte man sagen, man "fliegt" regelrecht durch die Seiten. Mit den kurzen Kapiteln und knapp 200 Seiten ist die Geschichte auch nicht sehr lang, daher fällt das Ende leider sehr kurz und aprubt aus. Man merkt, dass es erst der Beginn einer Trilogie ist und noch weitere Bücher folgen.
Die Geschichte vom Jungen, dem plötzlich Flügel wachsen und dem mysteriösen Mr. Spines habe ich sehr gerne gelesen. Man erfährt von den Absi
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CharlieAndrews
Über den Autor: Jason Lethcoe arbeitete 22 Jahre lang als Zeichner und Autor für Walt Disney, Dreamworks, Warner Bros. und Co, bevor er hauptberuflich Schriftsteller wurde und er zahlreiche Kinder- und Jugendbücher verfasste. Als Fan von diesen Filmstudios (und deren Kinder- und Zeichentrickfilmen) lag die Messlatte sehr hoch für Herrn Lethcoe. Ich war sehr gespannt, wie mir das erste Buch, das ich von ihm lesen wollte, gefallen würde.

Das Cover: Von Anfang an hat mich das Cover fasziniert. Mir w
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Miss Clark
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Saphirablue
Okay, this is a children/young adult book but to be honest: A lot of books I like fall into this category. *shrugs*

How could I resist a book about a lonley orphan outsider who sprouts wings?! :D I love wings and I love it when the main characters are lonley and/or outsiders. So far, I really like the world building and the other main and supporting characters (a flying toad! A Centaur! Silver Unicorns!) besides Edward. And the most important thing: I like Edward! :) The plot is a bit predictable
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Wendy
A decent book, reminded me quite a bit of The Magic Thief.
It didn't draw me in, nor was the world particularly unique. The Corruption was a cool idea, as were the animal forms, but they've been done before. The writing was decent, but nothing to rave about.
The characters were interesting, and did have a bit of development. The two mini guardians, Sariel and Artemis had cool enough backstories, but they didn't overwhelm the plot.
This was a book you'd read and forget about. A good way to pass the
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Shriya
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Duane
A very interesting book. Edward has a serious itch between his shoulder blades that he can't explain or scratch away. In a matter of days, he soon becomes embroiled in a "Harry Potterish" style adventure that deals with afterlife, creatures and adventure. The book is short on detail but it's only the first in the series so I'm hoping the next one will go into more depth about the different types of afterlife options and how these creatures came about. A nice book for younger readers who enjoy th ...more
Wbeaumont7
I thought it was amazing
Summer
The idea was good, but the story was poorly executed. By the time my interest was peaked, the book suddenly ended. It read like the first chapter of a pretty good young adult fantasy. And I was disappointed that there were things explained in the Appendix at the end of the book that should have been integrated into the story. It's like the author got lazy...he couldn't figure out how to fit all his ideas into the story, so he decided to include a glossary of terms and Characters at the end of th ...more
Abriel
Read the series in a day (which definitely helped with the plot line. No major cliff hangars) a bit tricky to get around the stuttering, but after working out why it was distracting, it fades into the background. Pleasantly reminded me of 'Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror' (Guardian references were helpful, and gave me a better understanding of both.) A quick, satisfying read overall that gets better as the trilogy progresses.
Melissa
Interesting characters, but I felt it was a bit weird to add magic to the heaven/purgatory-type elements of the story. I think it was interesting story but left a lot of story out, which of course, I know, is how they would get you hooked to read the next, but it still felt like it needed to draw me in a bit more to keep me looking to read the next book.
Sam
this normal boy was sent to this school (it teaches students how to do the unpleasant jobs that most of society doesn't want to do)by his aunt. After a few chapters and scary adventures later, this kid sprouts wings. Really good writing style, and though it's in German, I recoment this to all fantasy readers out there.
Felicia
May 18, 2012 Felicia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jerica Solt
Recommended to Felicia by: Alexander Jones
Shelves: want-to-own
When my son first asked me to read this book and told me how awesome it was I thought it wont take me long to read it then I can move on. This book was really good and even though I thought it was a little short I'll get the rest of the series as quickly as I can from the library or the book store to finish it.
Zach Whitten
Great overall book that leaves you hanging for the second installment at the end. The only thing I disliked, was that the author asked too many questions in thought form, otherwise it was a rather good book, especially for fans of mythology and sutff.
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