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Wings (Mysterious Mr. Spines #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  296 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
When Edward?s mother dies, his aunt sends him to a school for troubled youths. There, Edward develops an itch in his back that he can?t scratch, and when he gets angry it seems like he can move things with his mind. When the itch erupts into a set of wings, an evil teacher tries to cut them off. Edward is rescued by Mr. Spines, who reveals that Edward is a Guardian, a magi ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 5th 2009 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published 2009)
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Aug 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unglaublich langweilig und für meinen Geschmack schlecht geschrieben. Alles ging zu schnell, die Charaktere waren flach und nichts konnte mich überraschen. Keine Empfehlung.
Valerie Comeaux
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Not a fan. I know that this is just the first in a series, but there was no central conflict that received some sort of resolution. It really felt like I only read the exposition of a longer story. The writing was very elementary and nothing in the book seemed original (cross between the Paradise Lost and Neverending Story).

This is an LYRC nominated book for grades 6-8. As a 7th grade teacher, I read this and cannot believe that the book was listed for this age group. I suppose the subject matte
May 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I l-o-v-e-d this book. It was the best that I've read in along time.
Although marley and me was pretty good. I was really sad to find out that the
sequal is not out yet, as soon as it comes out I will be sure to buy it.
C.J. Milbrandt
Edward is schooled at the Foundary, a dreary place where young reprobates are taught the sorts of jobs nobody would want so they can contribute in a positive way to society (eg. cleaning sewers). But Edward's in all kinds of trouble, and for reasons he has yet to grasp. Stuttering and sprouting wings. Bullies and pale blue eyes. Guardians and Groundlings. The Woodbine and the Jackal.

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Miss Bookiverse
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Tim Burton and/or John Connolly's "The Gates"
Wings hat meine Aufmerksamkeit mit seinem wunderbaren Cover auf sich gezogen. Scott Altmanns Zeichnung finde ich schon verehrungswürdige genug, aber um noch einen oben drauf zu setzen, glänzt der Buchdeckel auch noch wie Alufolie in der Sonne. Großartig!

In dem Roman geht es um den Waisenjungen Edward, der noch immer mit dem Verlust seiner Mutter kämpft. Seine Tante hat ihn auf ein Internat für schwer Erziehbare geschickt und dort wird er aufgrund seiner großen, dürren Statur von den anderen geh
Jul 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: younger readers who love fantasy
Recommended to Julie by: Sydney
Shelves: 2009, sci-fi-fantasy
I came upon this book quite by accident because it was recommended to me by my cousin's daughter. We were talking about books, as we often do, and I was asking if they had read Wings by Aprilynne Pike but I hadn't clarified the author so they thought I was talking about this book. After a bit of confusing conversation, we realized that we weren't talking about the same book at all, only different ones, but with almost enough similarities that it took a few minutes to notice that. I must admit I ...more
Nov 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: kids ages 9-12
Shelves: lis-565
Its 1920 and Edward Macleod is living in Portland, Oregon. Since the death of his mother he has been sent to a trade boarding school, is bullied by a kid named Grudge, he has unusually cruel teachers and the mysterious itch on his back continues to get worse. He finds that all of these things fit together and is shocked to discover his true identity as a non-human creature, a Guardian. His itch sprouts wings and he is saved from school by Mr. Spines only to be chased by evil Groundlings under th ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, opinion
This is my opinion and if you don't agree with me I don't care. I loved this book! Personally I love the made up facts and
descriptions about the after life in the writers eyes and the Imagination is oringnally spectacular and a great read! In fact the series kept me on my toes wondering if Edward would ever find his mother and gain the skills such as flight needed to be a true guardian.
I think Edward has a very interesting personality for a teenage boy being timd and shy but is very gentle beca
Justyn Rampa
Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This book was as satisfying as I expected it to be. It is chock full of imagination and fantastical ideas. Reminds me of classic children's literature in the style of Roald Dahl. It is controversial in that it very much deals with the afterlife and death and angels, but it is not necessarily claiming to present those things in a definitive light. There are merely plot points for a story the author wanted to tell about a boy named Edward who had a terrible itch on his back.
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein schönes magisches Abenteuer, das nicht nur für jüngere ist ;)
Cornelia Franke
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kinderbücher
Über den Autor: Jason Lethcoe arbeitete 22 Jahre lang als Zeichner und Autor für Walt Disney, Dreamworks, Warner Bros. und Co, bevor er hauptberuflich Schriftsteller wurde und er zahlreiche Kinder- und Jugendbücher verfasste. Als Fan von diesen Filmstudios (und deren Kinder- und Zeichentrickfilmen) lag die Messlatte sehr hoch für Herrn Lethcoe. Ich war sehr gespannt, wie mir das erste Buch, das ich von ihm lesen wollte, gefallen würde.

Das Cover: Von Anfang an hat mich das Cover fasziniert. Mir w
May 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edward, gerade mal 14 Jahre alt, gilt als Sonderling: Er stottert, ist eine fast 2 m lange »Bohnenstange«, baut am liebsten Kartenhäuser und dann ist da diese merkwürdige Stelle auf seinem Rücken, die juckt und juckt bis ihm eines Tages schwarze Flügel wachsen! Von diesem Moment an ist nichts mehr wie es einmal war. Auf der Flucht vor Whiplash Scruggs, der es auf seine Flügel abgesehen hat, bekommt Edward unerwartet Unterstützung von dem mysteriösen Mr. Spines. Mit ihm taucht er
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Der 14-jährige Edward ist auf seiner Berufschule ein Außenseiter. Für sein Alter ist er zu groß und für die Art der Schule ist er viel zu intelligent. Durch sein Stottern wird er von anderen Schülern gemieden oder provoziert. Die Provokationen von Grudge, einem bulligen Jungen gehen sogar so weit, dass Edward sich beinahe mit ihm geprügelt hätte.

Durch eine juckende Stelle am Rücken wird er in der Berufschule immer auffälliger, denn komischerweise gehen seine Wünsche in Erfüllung, wenn er versuch
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Der 14-jährige Edward ist auf seiner Berufschule ein Außenseiter. Für sein Alter ist er zu groß und für die Art der Schule ist er viel zu intelligent. Durch sein Stottern wird er von anderen Schülern gemieden oder provoziert. Die Provokationen von Grudge, einem bulligen Jungen gehen sogar so weit, dass Edward sich beinahe mit ihm geprügelt hätte.

Durch eine juckende Stelle am Rücken wird er in der Berufschule immer auffälliger, denn komischerweise gehen seine Wünsche in Erfüllung, wenn er versuch
Cathrin Kühl
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, jugend

Lethcoe hat einen einfachen Schreibstil, der auch für Kinder gut verständlich ist. Selbst die seltsamen Gerätschaften, die Mr. Spines mitsamt seiner Kumpanen erfunden hat oder nutzt, konnte ich mir als Leserin bildlich vorstellen. Dazu erzeugt er meiner Ansicht nach kindgerechte Spannung und löst die Rätsel auch immer verständlich auf.


Edward wächst einem fast augenblicklich ans Herz. Ist er zu Beginn noch der schüchterne, stotternde Junge, mausert er sich im Laufe des ersten
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
- Hörbuchrezension -
Edward hat es nicht leicht: Er geht auf eine Schule für schwer erziehbare Jugendliche, obwohl er eigentlich ein schlauer Junge ist, er stottert, wird wegen seiner Größe von fast zwei Metern von den anderen gehänselt und hat neuerdings eine fürchterlich juckende Stelle auf dem Rücken, an die er nur ganz schwer herankommt.
Als ihm eines Tages genau aus dieser Stelle Flügel wachsen und der seltsame Whiplash Scruggs mit einer fürchterlichen Schere kommt, um sie ihm abzuschneiden,
Bella (Bella's Wonderworld)

Der 14-jährige Edward ist eine fast 2 Meter lange Bohnenstange und gilt als ein ziemlicher Sonderling, der stottert und am liebsten Kartenhäuser baut. Als ihm in letzter Zeit immer öfters eine Stelle direkt zwischen den Schulterblättern zu jucken beginnt ahnt Edward noch nicht was bald mit ihm geschehen wird, denn Edward ist ein Wächter dem nun seine wunderschönen Flügel wachsen.

Auf der Flucht vor Whiplash Scruggs, der Edward seine Flügel stutzen will begegnet er dem mysteriösen Mr.
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Edward's life is hard enough, what with being a freakishly tall fourteen-year-old that speaks with a stutter. But now he's got something that bothers him more than the school bully: an itch right on that spot between his shoulder blades where neither hand can reach to scratch. Oh, and he seems to have gained the power to move things with his mind, as well as a truly frightening set of new enemies. Edward doesn't know why he's being chased, but he knows getting caught would be a really bad idea.. ...more
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Der Auftakt zu einer Jugendbuchserie handelt von dem 14-jährigen Edward. Ein schlaksiger, großgewachsener Junge, der das Glück selten auf seiner Seite hat. Seit dem Tod seiner Mutter geht er auf eine Berufsschule, in der er mit vielen Hänseleien kämpfen muss.
Eines Tages beginnt eine Stelle an seinem Rücken unaufhörlich heftig zu jucken. Edward wachsen Flügel. Kaum ist dies geschehen, sind auch schon ein Haufen finstere Gestalten hinter ihm her. Nichts ist mehr so wie es war. Edward muss herausfi
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Das Buch ist sehr angenehm zu lesen. Es liest sich sehr flüssig und daher könnte man sagen, man "fliegt" regelrecht durch die Seiten. Mit den kurzen Kapiteln und knapp 200 Seiten ist die Geschichte auch nicht sehr lang, daher fällt das Ende leider sehr kurz und aprubt aus. Man merkt, dass es erst der Beginn einer Trilogie ist und noch weitere Bücher folgen.
Die Geschichte vom Jungen, dem plötzlich Flügel wachsen und dem mysteriösen Mr. Spines habe ich sehr gerne gelesen. Man erfährt von den Absi
Apr 13, 2010 rated it liked it
This story makes the afterlife seem like a magical adventure. It has no shortage of fantastic creatures.

This book provides a good introduction to new magical worlds where songs and Guardian words have the power to protect, heal, or harm. Edward's stuttering can be a little too much at times, but the variety of characters and creatures makes Edward's adventure (and kidnapping) quite fun to follow.

In "Wings" (book 1), there certainly is a beginning, but I didn't feel there's much of a middle or
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
The first novel in Edward’s story. It all started with an itch, an itch he couldn’t scratch in the middle of his back. Edward is a lonely boy who has lost his mother, and is bullied in school; all he wants is to be normal and fit in. Well when Mr. Spines shows up to rescue him from imprisonment by evil Whiplash Scruggs, he learns a lot about himself. One, he isn’t human; two, his mother needs rescuing. The novel was one adventure after another, with some good dialogue. The plot was good, taking ...more
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Feb 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenge
First read: October 2009
Second read: June 2, 2015

Oh, okay, JACK THE CENTAUR and TOLLERS THE LITTLE MAN WITH FURRY FEET. I don't care if the story is set in the 1920s and so is decades before their deaths - if those two aren't supposed to be C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, I don't know what they're supposed to be. Jack has a niece as well as a wife named Joyce! Come on now.

Anyway, this is a brief, cute little story with some big concepts that just don't have enough time or the writing style to be
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Okay, this is a children/young adult book but to be honest: A lot of books I like fall into this category. *shrugs*

How could I resist a book about a lonley orphan outsider who sprouts wings?! :D I love wings and I love it when the main characters are lonley and/or outsiders. So far, I really like the world building and the other main and supporting characters (a flying toad! A Centaur! Silver Unicorns!) besides Edward. And the most important thing: I like Edward! :) The plot is a bit predictable
Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it
A decent book, reminded me quite a bit of The Magic Thief.
It didn't draw me in, nor was the world particularly unique. The Corruption was a cool idea, as were the animal forms, but they've been done before. The writing was decent, but nothing to rave about.
The characters were interesting, and did have a bit of development. The two mini guardians, Sariel and Artemis had cool enough backstories, but they didn't overwhelm the plot.
This was a book you'd read and forget about. A good way to pass the
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
The idea was good, but the story was poorly executed. By the time my interest was peaked, the book suddenly ended. It read like the first chapter of a pretty good young adult fantasy. And I was disappointed that there were things explained in the Appendix at the end of the book that should have been integrated into the story. It's like the author got lazy...he couldn't figure out how to fit all his ideas into the story, so he decided to include a glossary of terms and Characters at the end of th ...more
Jan 12, 2010 rated it liked it
A very interesting book. Edward has a serious itch between his shoulder blades that he can't explain or scratch away. In a matter of days, he soon becomes embroiled in a "Harry Potterish" style adventure that deals with afterlife, creatures and adventure. The book is short on detail but it's only the first in the series so I'm hoping the next one will go into more depth about the different types of afterlife options and how these creatures came about. A nice book for younger readers who enjoy th ...more
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Read the series in a day (which definitely helped with the plot line. No major cliff hangars) a bit tricky to get around the stuttering, but after working out why it was distracting, it fades into the background. Pleasantly reminded me of 'Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror' (Guardian references were helpful, and gave me a better understanding of both.) A quick, satisfying read overall that gets better as the trilogy progresses.
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jerica Solt
Recommended to Felicia by: Alexander Jones
When my son first asked me to read this book and told me how awesome it was I thought it wont take me long to read it then I can move on. This book was really good and even though I thought it was a little short I'll get the rest of the series as quickly as I can from the library or the book store to finish it.
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