How to Fly with Broken Wings
Twelve-year-old Willem has Aspergers Syndrome and two main aims in life: to fly and to make at least two friends of his own age. But all the other boys from the Beckham Estate do is make him jump off things. First his desk - and now the wall. As his toes teeter on the edge, Sasha Barton gives him a tiny little wink. Mig ...more
Willem was a special child who lived with her grandmother on Beckham Estate. One of his teachers told him to make two new friends instead of doing math formulas. He found a friend in Sasha Barton, when she a ...more
The Best part of this young person's book is the first 10 or 15 minutes of your reading time, the adorable book-cover- and the description of the story in the 'blurb' itself. The reader feels the warmth immediately -- but that's all we get.
Basically, Willem just wants to make friends --and Sasha shows him how!
Their friendship develops from a shared secret. They both wish to fly.
Finn is the class bully. (leader of the kids). Everyone does what 'Finn' says to do....
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Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. The book cover and synopsis drew me in, but the story did not live up to it. I think it will be enjoyable for children, just not great.
I really liked that the main character had Aspergers Syndrome. I know quite a few people in real life with autism, yet I rarely come across book characters with the disorder, so this was refreshing in a way. Unfortunately, the topic wasn't addressed th ...more
How to Fly with Broken Wings is a heartwarming middle-grade novel about a boy with Asperger's on a mission to find two friends and a girl who wants to fly. It's about love, friendship and forgiveness; it's about the strength of a community, the magic of kindness and the beauty of friendship.
At first, I wasn't sure about this novel but I can safely say that the more I read, the more it stole a piece of my heart. However, like I said, I didn't fall in love with this book from the start and I ...more
It says a lot that only a few weeks after reading How to Fly With Broken Wings, I am having a hard time remembering a lot of details about this book. Actually, I had to look up two of the main character's names because I just couldn't remember them. Yep, it was one of those books.
The writing style was the first thing that caught my attention in a negative way. It's very flat, with simple sentences and little variation of sente ...more
Willem is set extra homework by his teacher, to make 2 friends. His grandmother doesn’t count the teacher says. So after he breaks his leg at school (being forced to jump from a wall by a school bully) and Sasha comes to see him, he thinks there might be potential for the first friend there.
I have mixed feelings about this book, I liked the idea of the story as I did the idea of the characters but I never con ...more
It is also a quick/easy read, partly because the plot and characters are interesting; I was hooked right from the start and really wanted to know how it turned out.
However, there is a strange disconnect between the gritty portrayal of life on an inner city estate and some of the highly unrealistic p ...more
This is a story told by someone who knows what having aspergas syndrome is like. It is told with real sympathy and understanding. It makes you laugh and cry. The author also understands the consequences of bullying and the need for sympathetic adults in the lives of children. It is a delightful story for adults and young people. Everyone should read it.
The friendship. The story is about Willem, whose teacher gives him an assignment to make two friends his own age. He meets Sasha, a girl who feels terrible guilt about not helping Willem after he’s bullied by Finn and some other gang members to jump off a wall. Sasha becomes a loyal friend to Willem, and it was touching to see them protect and stand up for each other.
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How to Fly With Broken Wings explores the life of Willem, a twelve year old boy with Asperger Syndrome who dreams of being able to fly. Willem takes things very literally and struggles to communicate with other people his age so when he is set the homework of making two friends his own age, we’re brought a moving portrayal of what life is really like for him. I enjoyed this story – it’s fun and cute and Willem is a quirky character who i ...more
This book was provided by Hachette Children’s Books on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Willem wants to fly, but he doesn't want to jump. Finn Mason makes him jump constantly. On this day when he jumps he breaks his leg. And it inspires Sasha to comes and save him. Sasha also wants to fly, and together they will. The pair meets Magic Man, Archie, who tells them about his mother, an ATA pilot from ...more
I got this ebook from Netgalley in return of an honest review.
As usual when it comes to Netgalley titles, I took a sort of leap of faith with this book. I had never heard of the book or the author, and now that I read it I realise how sad that actually is and how determined I am to change that.
The first thing I noticed when I first started the book was how engaging it is. From the first sentence we do feel like we are ...more
Twelve-year-old Willem has Aspergers Syndrome and two main aims in life: to fly and to make at least two friends of his own age. But all the other boys from the Beckham Estate do is make him jump off things. First his desk - and now the wall. As his toes teeter on the edge, Sasha Barton gives him a tiny little wink. Might she become his friend?
Bullied by Finn and his gang the Beckham Estate Boyz, Willem has no ...more
Now I didn't hate the book I just think that there were a lot of things wrong with the book. Though I am going to start with the positives.
I loved the characters, I thought they were all quite realistic and that she did a great job with portraying autism. Out of all the books I have read with autistic main characters, this captured the actuality of it best. I loved the first 14 ...more
The thing about this book is that the cover and the blurb really made it sound like it would be an enjoyable read: a contemporary book covering issues such as bullying and mental health that will warm the heart. However I couldn't help but be disappointed by the content. To start with, the writing style was very basic, with next to no tone to it and it certainly came across as unedited. There were far too many r ...more
This is a heartbreaking story about a young boy with Aspergers Syndrome who just wants to make two friends to complete a homework assignment set by his Maths teacher. When he thinks he’s friends with the school’s biggest bully – who has personally tortured Willem on many occasions – Willem is sure that he will get lots of extra credit for turning an enemy into a friend.
But obviously things don’t run smoothly ...more
I found it interesting that the book description begins with “Twelve-year-old Willem has Aspergers Syndrome ...” and yet there's absolutely no mention of Aspergers in the book. Rather, the reader is left to recognize Willem's difference from his classmates through his behavior and his first person narrative in How to Fly with Broken Wings. And, I'd rather that the writer of the blurb had kept it to herself that Willem has Aspergers. I know that I read the blurb when I first chose the book to re...more