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When Addy is swept back in time, she couldn't be happier to leave her miserable life behind. Now she's mistaken for Lady Matilda, the pampered ward of the king. If Addy can play her part, she'll have glorious gowns, jewels, and something she's always longed for the respect and admiration of others. But then she meets Will, the falconer's son with sky blue eyes, who unsettl

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Hardcover, 359 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Greenwillow Books
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August this is a great book for middle school. That is when I read it. 5th grade could also be fine. From what I remember there was no vulgar language or any…morethis is a great book for middle school. That is when I read it. 5th grade could also be fine. From what I remember there was no vulgar language or any sorta risque scenes. (less)

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Sarah
In her own time, 1913, Addy Morrow is the daughter of a seamstress. She was born out of wedlock, and the girls at school treat her horribly for it. One day, Addy snaps, and gets suspended from her all-girls school for punching the girl who was harassing her. Desperate, Addy’s mother finds the lass a job as a housemaid for an eccentric old widower named Mr. Greenwood, who takes to Addy immediately and allows her to borrow his books.

While cleaning Mr. Greenwood’s library, Addy comes across an elev
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Cara
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: for the romantics at heart
The idea of this book is what intrigued me. It's a historical setting within a historical setting. Okay let me explain that.

We have this 15 year old girl, Addy, that lives in the the early 1900's. Addy has always felt like she deserved more than what she was born into, but it seems she is destined to work with her hands just like her mother. Luckily for Addy she gets to be a maid servent for Mr. Greenwood. Addy doesn't think this is necessarily lucky, but it's better than being a scullery maid.
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Charissa Sophia de la Rosa
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Lovers, Romance Lovers
Recommended to Charissa Sophia by: Lauren

I was entranced.

Up till now that I had put down my Android phone, I’m still faze by the time I spent reading this book. I can imagine my own self, getting curious by the locked room, opening it, hearing the door creaked open after fifteen years and discovering a lid, revealing a time machine inside. Up till now, I still haven’t recovered on the fact that few minutes had already passed since I’ve read it in just one day. It’s just that amazing.


Plot Summary:


Adelaine “Addy” Morrow is a fifteen y
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Skedatt
Dec 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
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The Book Queen
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: coverlove
Stupid Goodreads ate my review and I can't be bothered to write it all again. Suffice to say that I really enjoyed this book but couldn't quite give it 4 stars because some things let it down, so I rated it 3.75 stars. The main character is incredibly selfish and there was a serious and very annoying case of insta-love which dragged my rating down, but the plot was fast-paced, very original - no tropes here! - and I found it difficult to put down; it also had a really nice writing style with som ...more
Tammie
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Hallie
It could be dreadful - it could be fantastic. But it's definitely a possibility for the history project, so keeping it in mind (or rather, in my Goodreads virtual mind).

My LJ write up (which had as subject "More history fail" - probably easier to read there, though I've tried to do some re-formatting here).

It's been a while since I've done any, and it's been a while since I finished this book, but the strength of my feeling about it hasn't faded much. It's actually a wonderful book in some ways
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Lady
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
I had a cup of coffee as I reached the half way mark of this book, which naturally set my heart racing and got me all jittery. So there's a chance some of my enthusiasm for this story is a matter of all the intensity colliding with coffee.

But that doesn't change that this is a really well written book. At first I thought it was a little closer to middle-grade than YA because of Addy's simple point of view despite Emily Whitman's descriptive and interesting writing. But as Addy settled into her
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Kristi
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Why do I not read more historical fiction? It seems like every time I read one, I end up loving it, yet it is not the genre that I usually seek out. (Although I'll be changing that next year. I've already joined the YA Historical Fiction Challenge to help spur that action.)

I have to admit that it was the cover that first drew me to this story and then when I read the summary I knew I had to read it. When I first discovered it, it was shortly before the release and I was surprised that I hadn't s
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Being the daughter of a poor single mother in 1913 is a difficult role to fill, as fifteen year old Addy can attest. Constantly ridiculed by her peers and treated like she is sub-human, Addy longs for a change in her circumstances. When her mother pulls her out of school after yet another fight with a wealthy classmate, Addy finds herself working as a maid for the mysterious Mr. Greenwood. Haunted by his own sad past, Mr. Greenwood unwittingly offers Addy a chance at a new life when she
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Novel Novice
Feb 15, 2011 rated it liked it
I don’t know about you, but one of the main reasons I love reading is the escape it provides from my everyday life. A book can transport me to another world, envelope me in a story and let me get away for a few hundred wonderful pages.

With Wildwing by Emily Whitman, the escape is twofold — because in this case, both the reader and the protagonist find themselves transported to another world.

Wildwing tells the story of reluctant housekeeper Addy — who feels shortchanged by her lot in life as the
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Princess Bookie
Sep 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2010
My Thoughts: Another historical read. I usually tend to stay away from these because I don't like many. Yes, there are some I like. But the majority, I don't enjoy as much as other romance books.


We are introduced to Addy, who is basically a peasant. She gets picked on by the other girls, she walks with her head down, she wants to just fit in and if she can't just be ignored completely. Addy lives in England in 1915. One day after an incident with another girl her mother threatens to send her awa
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Liralen
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, fiction, reviewed, z-2013
Conceptually, I love this book. I mean, I loved Caroline B. Cooney's Both Sides of Time when I was younger. Addy went back quite a ways, too, which is also great conceptually -- that much more for her to figure out.

But Addy was, forgive me for saying this, an idiot and a total brat. And okay, maybe that's realistic for a fifteen-year-old girl, but when she's supposed to be both 'smart as a whip' (page 65) and a good actress, you'd think she'd get it together to question things a little bit soone
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Heather
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Amanda (Good Choice Reading)
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I’m not typically a fan of historical fiction. In my experience, the language used often feels forced. I find it distracting and it rarely manages to hold my attention in the long run.

Occasionally there are exceptions to this, and Wildwing was one of those occasions. I will admit, I went in with the “Oyy, historical fiction :/” mindset, but within a few chapters, I had completely forgotten why I was so apprehensive.

Wildwing takes place in two different time periods, neither of which is now. Th
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Shilo Quetchenbach
Nov 23, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a fun and quick read - a headstrong young girl from 1913 who cannot 'learn her place' and go meekly into service finds a time machine and travels back in time to 1260, where she is mistaken for the noble lady she so longs to be. The story is definitely light - things fall too easily into place, she meets with little resistance, she learns too quickly to fit in in 1260 where she could not in 1913 - some details are certainly glossed over. However, her story is still compelling, and her s ...more
melissa1lbr
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this sweet and passionate historical fiction with a smidgen of sci-fi. I thought that Addy was a fun character who was so full of life and wanting more than what she was given. I admired her and the difficult choices she eventually makes. It was fun to have a time travel twist to keep the historical setting from getting too dull. I also liked the romance :) Full review at One Librarian's Book Reviews.
Nancy
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the theme of this book; money doesn't buy happiness! Who knew being a noble with a high social status takes away your true freedom?
Jenne
Dec 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Started out good, but the end was a little too predictable.
Cindy
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
a lovely romantic historical
with a time traveling twist.
well written and researched, my
favorite part was the description
of the hunting birds and the heroine
with her falconer.
Miss Manekofsky
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Time travel book..I did like the parts with the birds...
Lena
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it soooo much! It was really great! It is my exact type of book!
Michaela
Apr 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
To me this book sounded like it had a potentially fun and interesting premise. The idea that a girl with a difficult life gets sucked back in time where she's mistaken for a lady and treated respectfully and given all the things she's ever wanted... Interesting. Court intrigue and mysteries? Love it! However, the execution was extremely poor. Poor writing, poor story development and character development. It just felt like it was written by someone very young. And the way the main character thou ...more
Natasha
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a time-travel romance that ends rather abruptly in my opinion. I don't like finishing a book and having more questions than answers.

Addy is a teenage girl who's bullied by the mean girls because she's poor and illegitimate. To make matters worse, her mom forces her to drop out of school to work as a cook/maid for Mr. Greenwood,a lonely, old man. Addy's mom feels Addy needs to learn her place in life and thinks school is simply filling her head with false hopes of grandeur. I wanted to s
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Patricia
May 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
I am at least half way through the book 68%) and just not sure I want to keep on reading. My primary reason is that I don't particularly like the main character. I prefer my time travel MC to be clever. Addy doesn't seem clever at all. For example, she doesn't seem to connect the dots (nor ponder the dots much) or try to pursue certain lines of thought--has Sir Hugh or the King seen Matilda before, perhaps Will came in the same "box" she came in, will her mother miss her, will she miss her mothe ...more
Mary Bronson
I have mixed feelings about this book. When I read the synopsis of the book I thought it sounded very interesting. It was a historical fiction with a young maid girl named Addy who all she wanted to do is to be able to go to school, but then her mother told her they need to make more money so she makes her drop out of school and become a maid for this lonely gentleman. During her time there she discovers this object and she is transported back in time. She goes back hundreds of years and is mist ...more
Sarah
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best stories of finding our true selves and who we are meant to be....its an amazing mix of romance, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and reality. The love story and family connections are just perfect. The ending is the PERFECT ending to the story.
Becky
Loved it! Why isn't this book more well-known? More popular? Has everything you could ask of a great book.
Viola Sung
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I remember reading this and liking it(?) But I don't remember anything about it.
Michelle
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Not bad.
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In Emily Whitman’s novels for kids and teens, myth and magic are part of everyday life. The Turning, based on Celtic folklore, is a Junior Library Guild selection. Radiant Darkness was number one on the IndieBound Kid’s Next List. Wildwing won the Oregon Book Award and was a Bankstreet College Best Children’s Book. Emily grew up in Colorado and studied history at Harvard and UC Berkeley. She's wor ...more
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“An alder tree can't become an oak at will. A maple can't pick up its roots like legs, and stride, step by powerful step, along the shore to find the sun. And everything that ever said otherwise--all those years of school, and the plays and moving pictures that promise you can be someone else, something more--they were all lies.” 2 likes
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