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

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A few, nicknamed leadfeet, are forced 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.

Along with a new friend, a boy named Bug, Gurl begins a quest that takes her on a wild ride through the magical city, all the way to the
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Paperback, 327 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by Eos (first published March 1st 2006)
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Shipoftheseus
Mar 31, 2014 Shipoftheseus rated it really liked it
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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Michelle
Jun 09, 2009 Michelle rated it it was ok
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.
Fallen*63
Oct 25, 2008 Fallen*63 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 12, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jun 12, 2011 Nathaniel Wyckoff rated it really liked it
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
Apr 23, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 29, 2009 Lindsey rated it liked it
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
May 12, 2014 Chelsea rated it liked it
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
Feb 07, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it
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.
Breanne
Jun 17, 2015 Breanne rated it it was amazing
Book review: The Wall and the Wing

We all have wanted to fly or be invisible at some point in our lives. The Wall and the Wing is a little world one can escape into where anything is possible. A weird, wacky world where people can fly without wings or fairy dust, and monkeys can tell you secrets.
The Wall and the Wing introduces the reader to one of the two main characters, Gurl. Bug, the second main character is introduced about a quarter of the way into the book. Gurl is a plain, pale, orphaned
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Aelvana
Oct 31, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was ok
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
King Haddock
Aug 29, 2008 King Haddock rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, fantasy
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.
Kay Carman
Feb 23, 2016 Kay Carman rated it liked it
Shelves: cats, york
This is one of those books that have children in peril with no adults to care for them or advocate them. Although it's a good enough adventure story, that plot element always makes me anxiety ridden and detracts from my enjoyment of the story.

In a future New York City, some people can fly, and then there are a few - but only one at a time - who can make themselves invisible. Our heroine, Gurl, meets Bug at a dismal orphanage run by the despicable Mrs. Terwiliger, and together they escape from a
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Ursa
May 15, 2015 Ursa rated it liked it
Darker than its synopsis made to sound, "The Wall and the Wing" often straddles the fine line between whimsical and nightmarish, featuring an assortments of relatively complex and delightful characters (the villains are less so but just as engaging). The story could have been convoluted while being downright predictable had it been handled by a less clever writing; the author managed to keep the overreaching plot fresh and comprehensible with just enough riddles and foreshadowing.

And I apprecia
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Caitlin
Dec 18, 2009 Caitlin rated it really liked it
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.
Cuan
Nov 04, 2015 Cuan rated it it was amazing
In this book kittens are OP, what more do you need to know :3
Robin
Sep 09, 2013 Robin rated it it was amazing
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 Bro ...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
Oct 05, 2014 Zoe L rated it it was amazing
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Jocelyn
Nov 29, 2015 Jocelyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
After reading Bone Gap I thought : "Welp, I've got to read everything by this lady now."
And so here is my second Laura Ruby book.
And it did not disappoint.

It's not Bone Gap. Bone Gap, I think, is impossible to top, but it is definitely up there with Rooftoppers as an utterly cute magical book with twists and turns that are just fabulous.

Carissa
Apr 20, 2010 Carissa rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
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 it was amazing
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
Feb 07, 2014 Pms Mrsmoose rated it it was amazing
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.
Angela Free
After reading the first few pages I thought, nah, this is too weird, but I carried on for a bit longer and it grew on me. Written with great imagination, the story is quite daft but I couldn't help but like it.
Rebecca Bond
Mar 30, 2016 Rebecca Bond rated it it was amazing
I read this a long while ago when I was probably 13 and I absolutely loved it. It really moved me and was such a gripping story! Have very fond memories of reading this book. Might read it again!
Maggie V
Feb 14, 2010 Maggie V rated it really liked it
"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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Meg
Dec 12, 2015 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is great if you are looking for something light and refreshing. It is simple to read and is great for the imagination. Brilliant for those willing to take the next step to reading huge novels.
Amanda
Jan 05, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
I read this twice when I was around 12. Although I can't actually remember what happened, I vividly remember the sense of awe and joy it instilled.
Rachel
Jan 05, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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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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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“What a dumb accident a family was. Some people got lucky, some not so lucky, and some people got the booby prize.” 1 likes
“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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