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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Seventh grader Eddie is determined to honor his father's legacy and win the school science fair in this fun and quirky debut novel.

Eddie learned everything there is to know about birding from his dad, including the legend of the Golden Eagle, which Dad claimed he saw once down near Miss Dorothy's pond. According to his dad, the Golden Eagle had wings wider than a creek and
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by S&S/Aladdin
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Lois Sepahban
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to read an advanced copy of SOAR.

When 7th grade is about to start, Eddie is at a low point: his dad has died, his best friend has moved away, he's being bullied by a classmate, and he can't find his dad's elusive golden eagle.

Things begin to look up when Gabriella moves to his neighborhood. Gabriella is a 7th grader, too, and, like Eddie, she has a special relationship with birds.

This is a beautiful story of loss and redemption. It is the story of a boy who learns that friends can be
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Eddie inherited his dad's passion for birds, and he also learned from him all there is to know about that feathered creatures. His dad was so lucky he once got to see the Golden Eagle, although the location and the time of the year were very unlikely for the eagle to appear. That's why nobody but Eddie ever believed him. Dad never gave up trying to see such magnificent bird again, and that's why now that he has "flew away", it's up to Eddie to see it again. Eddie is planning to win the blue ribb ...more
Brooks Benjamin
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There's a lot to love about this book. The tenacity of Eddie--the main character, the friendship between him and his new neighbor, and the beautiful descriptions of the birds he encounters along the way. Tracy does such an incredible job weaving Eddie's storyline of his quest to win the seventh-grade Science Symposium and his dad's storyline of claiming to have spotted the elusive Golden Eagle near his house. The "villains" in Soar
Emily Montjoy
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved everything about this book! From birds to bullies to budding new friendships. The main character, Eddie, is on a quest to find the golden eagle and save his dad's credibility and reputation. Eddie is an avid bird watcher, but he does more than just watch birds, he's birding. Eddie decides to use his golden eagle hunt for the upcoming science symposium in an effort to win a blue ribbon and prove his dad did in fact see a golden eagle in their town years ago while proving everyo ...more
Sara Grochowski
So much love for this book. Highly, highly recommend!
Nancy Kotkin
I have a number of issues with this middle grade novel. If a very large, rare bird is living in this "one-horse town" (pg 159), why have there been only two sightings of it, many years apart? Surely someone else would have seen this bird at some other point, especially given that other people looked for it after the first reported sighting.

Then there is the science project. Why is Eddie so focused on whether or not Mouton shows up with a painting of the bird when the only evidence that the bird
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Soar is a story about a new middle school boy named Eddie. He struggles with the loss of his father and in the story he starts developing feelings for another girl. He also goes through a hard relationship with a lifelong bully and is forced to over come that when they are partnered for a school project. Aside from these everyday struggles, Eddie's greatest hobby is birdwatching. I really enjoyed this book for these reasons - in the story, the main character has a central hobby and interest. Whi ...more
Steve Dicken
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Eddie, the thirteen-year-old main character in Tracy Edward Wymer’s pre-adolescent/adolescent novel Soar is a kid I’ve known before. Though this Eddie is a middle-schooler, I’ve met the high school version many times. And his friends, the one with Tourette’s, the other a new girl in town, recently arrived from South America, I’ve known, too. Even the adults in the story: Eddie’s mom who is the school janitor, Eddie’s science teacher, the Brazilian girl’s hearing-impaired father — all are very fa ...more
Jul 07, 2016 added it
When a being has been a part of your life, here one moment and gone forever the next, you know the world tilts. It does not matter if the death arrives at the end of a terminal illness, as a result of old age or suddenly because of an accident. The hole in your sense of normal seems to have no bottom; your life as you knew it is gone.

There is no set time for recover. Each person works through the loss at their own pace. For those who have experienced this grief, one thing seems to be true, even
I had the opportunity to meet this author (an educator himself) earlier this month at CSLA and loved what he had to say about the cover art chosen for his book. This educator has written a great book to read with my almost 8-year-old. Who knew a book about birding and a science symposium would have us totally addicted? Liam did not want to stop reading it and when my voice got tired he said, "Mom, I'm going to finish it on my own!" and he did before I got to the last 20 pages. Full of family lov ...more
Nicole Otting
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great story about second chances. Will be perfect for tons of my students to read and appreciate!
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
"If I can just find that golden eagle, and win the blue ribbon—like Dad—then maybe everyone will believe Dad actually saw it—that he really was telling the truth."

🦅 Soar is a story told by a seventh-grader called Eddie, our leading protagonist. Eddie and his late father shared an interest in birding and he learned everything there’s to know about birding from his dad. The story starts when Eddie set off on a quest to find the golden eagle (which his dad claimed to have seen it once) and to win
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it

I'm looking for a bird, but not just any old bird. I'm looking for Dad's golden eagle. And I'm not stopping until I find it.

Dad said it was the most magnificent, most spectacular bird he'd ever seen, and that's saying something, because Dad had seen more birds than John Audubon himself. And if you don't know who John Audubon was, he was like The Beatles of birding. Yeah, he was that famous.

Bought it from Big Bad Wolf and I fell in love with this book right from the first page. Probably it was th
Melinda Bender
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eddie is compelled to prove to everyone that a golden eagle has been spotted in his area when no one believes him including his science teacher. It’s an encouraging story about having drive and determination.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Eddie has to find the elusive golden eagle for two reasons . One, to win the Science Symposium prize. Two, to prove that his father wasn't a liar when he was alive. ...more
Amanda Kingswell
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
It is a very cute book. I would definitely recommend for Middle School students. It deals with a loss of a parent and bullies becoming friends.
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an interedting and refreshing book about self-discovery
Rachel Marie
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Soar Book Review A quick read and definitely one I'll keep in my back pocket to recommend to middle grade students. Soar deals with a young boy named Eddie who is dealing with his fathers death, his father who was obsessed with birds and claimed he saw a Golden Eagle. Problem is, no one believed him. Now its up to Eddie to find the truth. 
I liked this for many reasons, it deals with loss and death in the family, has a student from another country trying to learn English AND has a boy who has tu
Kathryn Zebrowski-Wray
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley and I was so thrilled because I love this book! My heart broke for Eddie, who tries to deal with the loss of his father by bird watching because his father loved it so much. Eddie wanted so badly to find the golden eagle! Will he win at the Science Symposium? You have to read this book to find out!
Pop Bop
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
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I had some doubts about the way this book is framed. Seventh grader Eddie is having difficulty accepting his father's death and has invested a lot of emotional capital in winning a school science fair by sighting and recording a rare Golden Eagle that his father once saw and that most people don't believe actually exists. Between the emphasis on birding, the difficulty of expressing grief over the father's death, and the addition
Ms. Yingling
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
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Eddie's father was an avid bird watcher who swore he saw a golden eagle, but other local enthusiasts doubted him. Since his father is gone now, Eddie is bound and determined to catch sight of the eagle and use it as his topic for the science symposium, which his father won when HE was in the 7th grade. Unfortunately, Eddie is partnered with Mouton, who doesn't like Eddie and seems to have Tourette's syndrome. With the help of new Brazilian neighbor Gabrielle, Eddie puts t
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Seventh grader Eddie is determined to honor his father's legacy and win the school science fair in this fun and quirky debut novel.

Eddie learned everything there is to know about birding from his dad, including the legend of the Golden Eagle, which Dad claimed he saw once down near Miss Dorothy's pond. According to his dad, the Golden Eagle had wings wider than a creek and talons the size of bulldozer claws. But when Eddie was in sixth grade, Dad "flew away" for good, leaving Eddie on his own to
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a parent, it is always gratifying to see your child engaged in a book. My 9 1/2 year old surprisingly stepped out of her usual adventure/fantasy based books to read this and didn't put this book down until she reached the end. I loved that she connected with the story and the interesting characters and we definitely hope to see more from this author! My daughter wanted to add her own review:

"I was lucky to be one of the few who was able to read the advanced copy of the book. It is a touching
Tammy Bonisteel
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Picked up this book on the recommendation of a relative, thinking it would be a great choice for my 11 year old son. He chose it for one of his summer reading books and really enjoyed it. The bird watching storyline that runs through it is engaging and is a topic my son is interested in. The themes of loss and friendship and understanding make this a great read for this age group. My son gave it to me when he was finished, and I just finished reading it last night. My son has been eagerly waitin ...more
Debbie Tanner
This is a book that covers a lot of ground-Eddie is a boy going into 7th grade. His dad died the year before and he's dealing with that grief. He doesn't have a lot of friends and he gets bullied by a mean kid in his grade. He is determined to spot a golden eagle that his dad says that he saw before he died, but no one believes him. This is a compellingly written story and I think a lot of kids will like this one. ...more
Scott Fillner
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fun book where the main character Charlie is put to the test by his teacher and others. Charlie has to learn to be accepting of all, and have to be honest many situations. The element of the bird call is a different NGOs from any book I have read. I find the journal entries to be insightful and reflective. I also enjoyed the humor that show up in this novel.
Alice Kunce
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
YA novel exploring the themes of living up, or down, to a deceased parent's expectations. Eddie's dad passed on his love for birds to his son, as well as his competitive spirit. Will Eddie follow in his father's footsteps and win the seventh grade science fair? Will Mouton continue to ruin Eddie's life? What about the new neighbor, Gabriela? ...more
Christina Hanson
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just finished Soar (29/60) by @tracyewymer! What a great story about new friendship, birds, and second chances! I can't wait for you to meet Eddie, Gabriela, Mr. Dover, and Mouton when this book is released in July! ...more
Laura Phelps
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This was a bit slow for me at the start, but Eddie’s story eventually drew me in; by the end I was fully invested in his relationship with Mouton and with his quest to honor his dad and witness the Golden Eagle.
T.J. Burns
I received a copy of this book from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing in exchange for an honest review. ...more
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Tracy Edward Wymer grew up in Missouri and Indiana. He spent most of his childhood riding his bike, playing neighborhood Wiffle ball games, and reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory over and over again. He is the author of Soar and The Color of Bones, and he is part of the anthology Been There, Done That: Writing Stories from Real Life. When not plowing through stacks of books on his nightstan ...more

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