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Wild Wings

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  654 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
The majestic Osprey is an endangered bird that hasn’t been seen in Scotland for years, so when Iona McNair locates an Osprey nest, she’s desperate to keep the bird safe from poachers. She shares her secret with her classmate Callum, and the two become friends as they work to save the Osprey they’ve named Isis. They’re able to get the bird tagged by a preservationist, but a ...more
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published April 19th 2011)
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The girl who cried fox Hello. Her legs healed. And i think Callum helps her. If he doesn't help her then, her legs healed.

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The Shayne-Train
Apr 16, 2014 The Shayne-Train rated it really liked it
This was a beautiful and touching story.

The blurb on the back made it seem vaguely fantasy-ish,but that wasn't the case. I may not have purchased this to read aloud to my little one had I known, so I'm truly glad of my mistake.

Basically, it is the story of two young Scottish children discovering an endangered osprey has mad their backyard its home. There is great joy in the story, and also great loss.

My daughter would beg for one more chapter after each one ended, forcing herself to stay awake
Dec 14, 2016 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed reading this book. It's not exactly predictable. It's beautifully written. It makes you google up the animal to find out more. That's why it is a terrific book for any age, really.
Damian Lawrence
Dec 18, 2011 Damian Lawrence rated it really liked it
Wild Wings by (Ms.) Gill Lewis is a children's adventure novel, which I read with my 9-year-old son as his bedtime reading over the last several weeks. We read it as a Kindle book on our Touchpad tablet, which helped immensely, as we were able to take little side excursions while reading - visiting websites such as Wikipedia and Google Maps and others for more information about the places in the story, for example, or hearing what the cry of an osprey sounds like.

We both really enjoyed the book,
Apr 22, 2014 Esutterlin rated it really liked it
What did I like about this book ?...
1. The way that love of animals often seems to bring out the best in people, e.g. Callum and his friends.
2. The settings - Scotland, and the osprey's trek to Africa.
3. The truth that the internet can forge long distance friendships that are real (some people argue/ worry that time spent on the internet deprives children of "real" friendships)
4. The courage of the author in killing off a quirky lead character early in the book. Meningitis is a very abrupt de
Aug 03, 2014 Lily rated it it was amazing
This is one of the first children's books that has made me say, "here's a book whose protagonist does things I wished more real children did." I mean, Callum tracks an endangered animal on Google Earth AND makes a human friend overseas. He's also an example of a male protagonist who is both strong and kind, one I'm hoping will appeal to young boys. In addition, this book could get children interested in learning about life in both Scotland and Africa, as well as possibly finding pen pals in thos ...more
Callum's friends don't like Iona - but she's discovered the nest of an endangered osprey on his family's farm, and they share this secret together like undercover friends. At school, Callum lets his friends tease her, but after school, they meet up to observe the osprey's aerie and root for the eggs inside. This is just the beginning of a story about all kinds of friendships that spans continents and made me cry a bajillion tears. One of the things I loved is how this book subtly asks a lot of r ...more
Dec 26, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cathy by: Battle of the Book 2015-16
Callum becomes friends with Iona, a practically feral classmate who has discovered an osprey, thought to be gone from Scotland, on Callum's family farm. Try as they might to keep the secret to themselves, they eventually eventually have to share the secret with others, including Jeneba who encounters the same bird at her home in Gambia if they are to save her.

This was very different from anything I've read for kids - surprisingly emotional and interesting with interactive supplemental material
Jan 19, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it
An excellent piece of realistic fiction, which incorporates the value of the natural world and friendship. Callum's life is forever changed when Ospreys, endangered birds of prey, choose to nest on his family's Scottish farm. Iona, his newfound friend and partner in this adventure, is different than anyone he's ever known & forces Callum on a new path. Heartwarming and sincere, this is reminiscent of animal tales like Shiloh and The Incredible Journey. Highly recommended.
Jul 03, 2013 Dwk rated it it was amazing
Dec 16, 2016 Yvette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Snatched in the Talons of an Incredible Story

This is a beautiful, powerful book about taking action from a place of compassion. I recommend it to readers young and old who seek an uplifting and inspiring journey. This book follows five children and the endangered, migrating osprey that teaches them how to expand their positive influences globally by observing and engaging with their communities locally. An emotionally charged, highly satisfying story, lovingly written.
Julia W
Oct 17, 2016 Julia W rated it really liked it
A bit sad but a good book all in all.
Mar 20, 2015 Eliana rated it it was amazing
Wild Wings was an extraordinary story. I have not read a book that I enjoyed so much in a very long time, and I can definitely see it winning the California Young Reader Medal it is currently nominated for. Wild Wings was thoroughly enjoyable as it contained many unexpected occurrences, had an creative yet realistic plot, made me feel emotionally influenced, and was unlike any other book I have read in the past. Wild Wings is sure to captivate it’s reader, particularly if that reader is interest ...more
Jessica Cruz
Apr 07, 2016 Jessica Cruz rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered how cool it would if you helped keep safe an endangered animal? If not then you should keep on reading. This story would help you experience this and put you in Callum's and Ionas point of view. Like it did to me. My overall opinion on this book was great. It was interesting and touching. The genre of this story is realistic fiction.

This story is about two kids that became friends (Callum & Iona). They have discovered an osprey (her name is Isis) who made Callum's f
Apr 01, 2015 Bella rated it it was amazing
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Dec 02, 2012 Gigi rated it it was amazing
Callum and Iona were not friends on the day Callum and his pals discovered her fishing with her bare hands on Callum's family farm in Scotland. But when Iona says she has a secret about the farm Callum's curiosity gets the best of him and he asks her to show him the secret when his friends are not around.

The secret is that there is an osprey nesting in a secluded area on the farm. This secret sparks a wonderful friendship as Callum and Iona start to spend most of their free time observing the m
Jun 19, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Callum McGregror strikes up an unlikely friendship with Iona McNair when the two of them find a pair of nesting osprey on his Scottish farm. The two agree to keep the birds a secret, but Callum also wants to keep his friendship a secret at school. The female bird, Isis, is injured and the two are forced to reveal the secret to help save her life. After observing the birds over the summer and watching a hatchling mature, Iona suddenly dies of meningitis.

Callum, grief stricken, isn't sure what to
Sep 13, 2011 Bethany rated it really liked it
Scottish osprey make a treacherous journey twice a year, all the way to Scotland to mate and lay eggs and tend their chicks, then back, across the Pyrenees mountains and the Sahara desert, to spend the winters in Africa. As if that weren't enough, people pay thousands of dollars for an osprey egg, so even when they've completely their journey safely, there's no guarantee that someone won't steal the eggs before they're able to hatch. So when Callum McGregor's classmate, Iona McNair, tells him th ...more
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Oct 04, 2013 Anissa rated it really liked it
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Wild Wings
Gill Lewis, Illustrated by Yuta Onoda
It was all different now, now that Iona was here. Rob, Euan and Callum saw her, not knowing the secerets within Callum's Farm, that Iona saw. However, this is not just some ordinary seceret, this one hasn't been seen on Callum's Farm for over 100 years! Now Callum and Iona see it, flying above their heads, and their determination to keep their amazing discovery a seceret. It was all great until disaster strikes one after another, forcing Callum to
William Yung
Feb 11, 2015 William Yung rated it liked it
In this book set in contemporary Scotland, Callum befriends Ionia, the daughter of the village outcast who has just moved back. The book initially describes their personalities mainly through dialogue. We learn about their days in school, farming sheep and rumbling around the outdoors. However, Callum is drawn to Ionia, mainly because of curiosity and her eccentric personality. I think that Ionia is the best part of the book, because while her mind is always roaming outside of what's going on pr ...more
May 11, 2013 Maggie rated it it was amazing
Eleven-year-old Callum and two friends notice a girl catching a fish in the stream at Callum’s farm. Iona, who has returned to the town, has a secret that she shares only with Callum: two ospreys have a nest in a tree at the farm. No ospreys have lived in this part of Scotland for over 100 years. Iona and Callum pledge to keep the birds a secret to protect them from people.
During school Iona is shunned, but later Callum joins her to watch the birds. They reluctantly reveal their secret to Callum
Tracie D'angelo
Callum, Euan and Rob are good friends growing up in the hills of Scotland. They hang out on Callum's large farm that covers many hills and valleys. One day the boys happen upon a girl standing in the river. She had her hand in the water and stood real still and when she brought her hand up she was holding a fish. This was Iona. She was Mr. McNair's granddaughter and she knew something about Callum's farm that not even he knew. He had a nesting pair of osprey, a rare and protected bird in Scotlan ...more
Emmet O'Neal Library- Children's Department
Have you ever seen a bird heading south for the winter and wondered exactly where it would end up? In this roller coaster of a story, Callum and his friend Iona have the rare chance to track the path of an osprey they spot in the woods on Callum’s family farm in Scotland. They name the bird Iris, and her travels unexpectedly connect Callum with new friends in another part of the world – and even reconnect him with his friends at home. Tragedy strikes, storms rage, and people learn what it means ...more
I wanted to like this book, as I have a lot of students that are really into birds and I'd hoped it would be a great book to recommend to them. Unfortunately it was so poorly written that I can't give it more than one star. (Maybe 1.5 if GoodReads allowed half-stars.) No clues were given to indicate that several days, weeks, or even months had passed. A lovely character was introduced in the beginning of the book only to have her killed off a few chapters in, and while I understand that such tra ...more
Sep 11, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
This a wonderful middle-grade book about two children in Scotland who discover a secret osprey nest. If that sounds like the simple bare bones of a plot, be assured that it's not. Rich in themes of nature and our relationship with fellow creatures, the story also delves into bullying, friendship, computer tracking of birds, and how the internet can bring the entire world closer, as the main character begins trading emails with a girl in Africa.

As an avid birdwatcher and osprey lover (and I've se
Nov 28, 2011 Kendra rated it really liked it
Callum and Iona discover an osprey nesting on Callum's family's land. Together, they watch as he builds his aerie and his mate arrives. They spend the summer watching the osprey and keeping it a secret from others. When tragedy strikes, Callum is determined to take care of Iris, the female osprey, just as he's promised Iona. This promise leads Callum to a girl in Gambia who desperately needs an operation to save her legs.

This is so not what I expected when I started the story. I'm not a bird wa
Jun 06, 2011 Phoebe rated it liked it
Two children forge an unlikely friendship over a nest of ospreys. Callum's farm in Scotland is a wild and beautiful place, and it is now home to a creature that has not been spotted there in over a hundred years. Hamish, a worker at the nearby nature preserve, fits the female osprey, Iris, with a tracking device so the children can follow her migratory progress, which will cover thousands of miles. Then tragedy strikes, and Callum finds he has a new reason to care for and track Iris. Lewis is no ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it
There are two books in here... the first half is a Scottish Bridge to Terabithia for nature lovers... a bit of a hard sell to most of my urban readers. Then the second half becomes a much more accessible adventure about kids from different parts of the world coming together to save the day. (Don't get me wrong, kids don't always need to be spoonfed with high-interest reading. They can/should/will read 'slower' literature, but I do wish the author had worked the first part into a backstory or som ...more
Sep 28, 2015 Ariam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is awesome,amazing and wonderful book.I always have wanted to read a book about ospreys.It is amazing how it is written.I love how it describing the feelings,about the bird and everything.Something I wish was different is that if it would have more pictures which would make it more fun to read.One thing I learned about this book about the ospreys feeling.This book reminds me of my uncle's bird.She was white and beautiful bird but she was hit by some rock and hurt.My uncle like birds a lot s ...more
Caroline (Cary)
Callum and Iona discover endangered ospreys on his family's farmland in Scotland and strive to keep the birds a secret for fear of poachers. Callum becomes estranged from his former friends because of his budding friendship with Iona, and the two of them form a unified, but lonely, front because of their secret. The story moves along in chronological order, bringing in currently relevant issues like protected species, poaching, and geography. The characters are well developed, young and old, and ...more
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