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Wenny Has Wings

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  997 ratings  ·  148 reviews
In the fight with the truck barreling toward them, Wenny and Will lost big. Wenny lost her life. Will lost a sister -- and lost faith in himself.
But then Will starts writing letters to Wenny. He tells her all about the secret of his near-death experience, and the troubles he's having at home. Some letters are funny. Some letters are harsh. And when read together, they te
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2002)
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Eliana Lechuga
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Although this book was sad I really enjoyed it. Its one of those books which its short, to the point, and that you make a connection with. I liked that the book was written in one-person perspective and that it was also written in a journal entry form. It created a more true story feel and it became a way of copping with someones death. I also liked that the book was written in a eleven year old point of view but in a way that teenagers wont get bored of reading. If the book was made into a movi ...more
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TW: child death, PTSD, and grief

This is a hard book to review because I don’t want to say too much but it’s so hard not to. When my mom saw me reading this she said, “Oh wow! You loved that book as a kid!”

And then I realized how weird of a kid I was.

The whole premise of this book is that Will and Wenny were walking to a craft store, but while crossing the street they were hit by a car. Wenny died. Will died, too, but then he came back after having a near-death
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
You know how sometimes you start a book when you're a kid and then you spend years trying to find it again and when you finally do it's not anywhere near as cool as you remembered? Too bad. It shouldn't happen, but it does.

"Wenny Has Wings" is one of those books that never quite lives up to its potential. The idea is strong, there are many good elements, but the execution is somehow underwhelming. When I was 12 or 14 the voice worked just fine for me, but reading it now I have trouble connecting
Laurie Thompson
Mar 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a perfect, poignant look at how an 11-year-old boy struggles to go on after the tragic death of his little sister and his own near-death experience. Many have called it sad, but I don't see it that way at all. It's brutal, yes, and honest, but also beautiful and filled with hope and healing. Nicely done, Janet!
Oct 15, 2010 added it
Wenny Has Wings was a marvelous book. Janet Lee Carey captured all the aspects of a great book. If you read this book, make sure you have a couple of tissues on hand. Wenny Has Wings will more than likely make you shed a few tears.

Eleven year old Will and his sister, Wenny, both get hit by an eighteen wheeler. Will makes it through, but just barely. Wenny, unfortunately, does not. Will remembers a warm, bright light in a tunnel.

Even with all of his broken body parts, Will writes letters to his
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dealing with the death of a loved one is a hard thing to deal with for anyone, but it's even harder when it's through the eyes of a young child. This book is about a boy named Will that was walking across the street with his little sister, Wenny, when a truck came by and hit the both of them. When this happened, Will was hospitalized and badly hurt, but Wenny died. While Will was in the hospital, the doctors gave him a note book to sketch in when he was bored, but instead he wrote letters to Wen ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I read this book for our kids book club at the library. Little did I know when I chose it three months prior that this book would reflect my life. Two weeks before meeting with the kids to review the book, I lost my brother. We were very close and this book just brought so much to me. It was hard to read at times, just because I would cry, but the story is amazing. I think it was great and healthy for him to wrote to his sister and give her a birthday party. It was just an amazing book. I think ...more
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is such a good book. Once I started it I couldnt put it down. The ending made me cry.... And I dont ever cry at any books! Janet Lee Carey is an amazing author.
Jan 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In a beautiful and eloquent series of letters to his sister Wenny, eleven year old Will North relates his near death experience after the accident that has taken his younger sister's life, landed him in the hospital with broken bones, and devastated his father. As guilt-stricken Will moves through the grieving process and begins to cope with his loss and his unusual experience, the reader is moved to catharsis as well.

The tone of the young narrator is mostly believable as that of a thoughtful an
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very, very, very, sad. As a mother, I had a very hard time getting through a paragraph. This story is about a young boy who lost his sister. It's a journal of his experience after a serious accident.

In the fight with the truck barreling toward them, Wenny and Will lost big. Wenny lost her life. Will lost a sister — and lost faith in himself.

But then Will starts writing letters to Wenny. He tells her all about the secret of his near-death experience, and the troubles he's having at home. Some le
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book I am going to review is Wenny Has Wings. I think that this is probably one of my all time favorite books, and that is the reason I chose to review it. At the beginning of the book, Wenny dies and her brother writes in his journal to her every day. This book truly shows what happens to a family and how emotional it is in a family when a child dies. I definitely think that if you just went through a loss of a young friend or family member, this book will help you cope with that. Wenny Has ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Its amazing. I love the story that Janet Lee Carey wrote. it really makes you fell what the characters are felling.
If you like books with sadness and a very amazing story read this book.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
When eleven-year-old Will North wakes up in a hospital bed, he is not only confused but devastated. After a tragic accident, leaving his little sister, Wenny, dead when a truck struck both of them. Will can remember dying and finding his way through a tunnel towards a light. He can also remember spending time with Wenny while he was there, but when Will came back he was suffering from major injuries. “When I woke up I found out you didn't come back like I did.” (pg 4). Will began to write letter ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wenny Has Wings is a sweet children's book about an eleven-year-old dealing with the trauma of losing his little sister in a terrible accident. The entire book is made up of letters that Will writes to his deceased sister, describing his own near-death experience and his family life after the tragedy. The author does an excellent job of showing Will's state of mind and the devastation of his family through these letters. Although sad, I found the book to be optimistic. It's definitely a quick re ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I decided to revisit this book from my childhood. I needed a quick read and this one has always stuck with me. There was lots I remembered and lots I didn't, so much of it was a new experience. This is an important book about grief and the aftermath of a tragedy. Highly recommend!
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was way too fucking depressing for my young, 4th grade ass. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed it at the time even though it tore out my heart and ripped it to shreds while laughing cruelly as I sobbed while clutching my teddy bears.
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet and poignant story told in journal entry style of a young boy's thoughts and feelings coping with the death of his little sister.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very emotional but It had a lovely ending.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this book ❤ It brings back memories from when my fourth grade teacher read it to all of us students.
Kayla Fletcher
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has some dark themes (death, grief, depression), but it is so beautifully written.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 First time I read this I was about 12 reading it again about ten years later it was just as good and affective on my emotions as it was when I first read it.
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A heartbreaking look at loss and the struggle to come out healed on the other side.
Alexis Mathis
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best books I have ever read. I definitely recommend this.
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I started reading Wenny Has Wings in November. I enjoyed this book because it told a story a lot of people can relate to... losing a loved one. Wenny Has Wings is about a little boy named Will. He and his little sister were going out one day to the store, and as they walked across the street, a huge truck went down the hill and was unable to stop. Will was injured, but Wenny didn’t make it. Will said he saw where Wenny went because he was there too. He died and went to heaven, but when he though ...more
Morgan Hatfield
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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Will and his sister are off to the store to get some parts for his derby car. But sadly they are hit by a truck and wenny dies but will does not. Will Wakes up in the hospital and has to stay there for awhile but he has a special doctor that comes into talk to him and gives him a journal so he can write note to wenny. Will goes home and his parents never want to talk to him and they get mad when every he talks about wenny. Will and his friends get this idea to walk into the tunnel that wi
Danelle Hicks
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book in elementary that you loved and after you’ve grown up you look for it again and when you finally find it it’s not as good? Wenny has Wings is not like that. I read this book in elementary and absolutely loved it. Since it is meant for younger children it is an easy read for me now that I am an adult. Wenny Has Wings is a heart breaking story about the tragic death of the narrator Will’s sister, Wenny. Readers can take on the perspective a child dealing with a loss. Wil ...more
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was a touching book about how one family deals with the terrible grief of losing a child far too early in life. We enter this story through the eyes of her older brother who is eleven years old. We are reading this boy’s letters to his dead sister in the hope that she receives them. We witness his anger at her for leaving his guilt for not saving her as an older brother should, and his sadness at her being gone and not being able to see her again. While he deals with his own emotions h ...more
Jordan Gissing
In a fight with a truck, Wenny and Will lost. Wenny was killed that day and Will lost his sister and lost faith in himself. But quickly begins to feel like he never lost his sister. Will begins to write letters to Wenny. He tells her about the secrets of his near-death experience, which no one knows about, and the troubles that he has been having since her passing at home. Some letters are funny, while some are harsh, This book tells the story of a boy who finds a way to move past death and begi ...more
Jenna Olson
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I formally had read this book in 2nd grade thinking it was a good choice but no, I understood nothing I read. So I decided to read it again this year as I came across it in the library. I'm so glad I read it now that I can understand it. This book really just got you in your thoughts and made you think about real life events of Wenny's death happening to you if you were her brother. This author was really good about describing events, you could really imagine was was going on at the exact moment ...more
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I can't even count how many times I've read this book, and it is great! It's a really interesting story about a brother and sister who get in a car accident that changes their life. It takes you thought the after math of the accident with will and his parents. It's a tear jerker but it can also make you laugh. It's also interesting to read what it's like to have a near death experience.

Wenny has Wings is a great easy read that will teach you a lot about tragedy and how to move past it. I would
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Janet Lee Carey is the award-winning author of nine Children's and YA novels. Her YA fantasy is critically acclaimed: "Verdict: This is quite simply fantasy at its best–original, beautiful, amazing, and deeply moving.” School Library Journal starred review. Janet links each new book with a charitable organization empowering readers

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