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Winging It

(Angels Unlimited #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,784 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Mel isn't your average angel.She certainly never expected to wind up at posh Angel Academy. Why would she want to learn about halos, when "shopping is much more divine?

But when she joins an elite group of time-traveling angels fighting against the Opposition, she learns angel business is a lot more dangerous -- and a lot more fun -- than she ever could have suspected.
Paperback, 136 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2001)
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Kat Herondale
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My childhood books! I will always love this series,I think she did such a great job with them.To this day I'm still attached to the characters,the lot was so original and I loved the missions,it's just amazing. I've re read them recently and I'm so glad that they really are greatly written books,and not just due to my fond memories,still one of my all time favorite series,and I hope others have read them too.I actually had the pleasure of meeting Annie when she came to my school! I'm so glad my ...more
Melissa **Just Really Loves Musicals**
Loved this book when I was a kid but never continued with the series. Maybe I'll reread it some day and then read the rest of the series too! ...more
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was ok

I read this series when I was in grade nine, and loved them so much... now, when I re-read them, they're still good but clearly for younger teenagers. I finished the book in little more than an hour.

I like the concept of it: dead girl in heaven, sent to go back in time to be an angel in all those historical events we know of... it's charming, really.

I recommend this series for budding readers (young girls in the ages between 10-15) who are looking for a good story with a relatable ma
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute book, the world was interesting, the main character sounded a few years older than she actually was
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I first read this in year six and loved it then, but I was wary of it seeming less challenging and therefore less enjoyable this time around... Good to know I was wrong!
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
I haven't read this book in over 3 years. But I still remember a lot of it. Like, I remembered Mel, Lola, Reuben and Michael. But I had completely forgotten about A..., the twins and Orlando. These books are a lot shorter than I'm used to, but sometimes that's good! I think this book probably could have been a little longer, as parts (the mission, the kindergarten etc.) I think could have definitely been longer.
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Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this years ago and I remember loving it. it was one if the very few books that I read from start to finish while I was in school. I never got past the first book though, but have thought about this book and finishing this series every so often. I hope that I'll have enough time this summer to read them all, even if they are tailored for teens. I did enjoy this book when I read it. ...more
May 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Like many people, I read this when I was 10 to 14yrs old I would say. I remember getting 3 at Christmas and reading them in about 2 days. I really liked the concept and historical sides of them. I used to get so excited over them, would definitely recommend as YA fiction.
Lilee White
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
This was just one of those books you read as a child and the plot just stays with you. loved it as a kid, rereading it now I know it was written for a younger audience but I still love it. Great book XD
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
For a kid, this book has some good lessons. It's filled with sublime imagery that will stick with you for years, with a small measure of a history lesson thrown in. As an adult, the main character, Mel, is frustrating - refusing to pay attention in school, caring only about shopping and boys. But kids for whom school is a chore, will find a relatable character who will help them to see that their strengths may lie in other areas of life, and help them focus on getting through it.
I recommend thi
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I first read this in 2005 and it pretty much changed my whole world view, which I’m not entirely sure was what was meant to happen but like. It is what it is. Remains to this day my favorite piece of angel related media outside of actual mythology. Idk it’s just a comfy book—glad I found it while cleaning stuff up
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved these books as a young teen and had the urge to reread them. They are very, very simple and provide a reassuring perspective of what happens when we die - albeit a very far-fetched perspective.

I love the first book in the series because it goes into such depth about the academy and the world Mel lives in after she dies.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy a lot of the books I read as a child, but I remember adoring these. I read three of them, and I can still remember them very well! I used to use bits of what I read to get me brownie points in history lessons. :D ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Mel Beeby starts a new academy for angels but surely that can't mean she's dead right? It must be a dream.

An interesting fantasy world with lots of humour and a good message about how you have to start to take responsibility in adolescence.
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Great children's book with a fascinating premise. Dalton does a good job creating a bubbly, relatable main character and slowly introducing readers to this new world. A great introductory book to the series. ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such nostalgia and general good protecty vibes at the end
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Bought it for my little sister, had to read it to check whether it's good for her or not. :) not bad even though I am too old for it. ...more
Bethwyn Badger
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A reread from my childhood. Yes, some parts haven't aged well, but overall these books are so comforting to me. Four stars because they're 'totally luminous', as Mel would say. ...more
Emer Byrne vh
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This came back to me listening to Anne Bogel's podcast - I loved this so much and I think a lot of my reading interests stem from this book! Mystery solving, time travelling, sci fi, fun... ...more
Hannah Howard
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't sleep so read this. A lovely easy story about Mel, a young girl who is soon to realise that everything can change ! ...more
Mar 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
i ahve read mostr of the series of the book and i have to say annie dalton is really talented though i would say these kind of books are for the younger readers. the story is baout a girl called Mel who has died in a car crash and become an angel. at first when i read it i thought it eould quite sad but the book is more of an adventure story in each book she gets teleported to a different century a different time where she has to use her angel powers to elimiante all the bad angels, although i w ...more
Natacha Rosenberg
I read this entire series on Danish when I was a kid and loved it. So one day I felt really nostalgic and decided to buy the first one on English and god that was a good decision. It was just as cute as I had remembered it! I flew through it. While it's obviously intended for younger audiences, I still enjoyed it as an adult, and feel that other will too. The plot too is very great, but since it is a short book, you should know that the plot develops very quickly. But if you're just looking for ...more
Eleanor Gillman
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adored these books as a child, so I was a bit wary of rereading them incase they didn't live up to my fond memories, but I recently started the series again and loved them! The books are short enough to easily be managed in a few hours, the characters are likeable (I totally used to want Lola to be my best friend) and the action is fast-paced and fun. This book - the first in the series - is a little difficult to get started on as the overall plot is being introduced, but once the a ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood-reads
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Lemon Tree
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
These series I hold dear to my heart. I remember reading the first, and I was twelve or so, and being introduced to a main character dying. It was shocking, but in a good way, because she became an angel and not just an angel, a guardian angel, and she transformed in angel-land as she had to learn to be a better person. This is one of those books that just has this thing... this... click? I have no word for it. Few books have it, but if you need an example; Harry Potter has it.

Great read for yo
Hayley Treasure
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as a child and it was the only one I ever had the patience to finish! Unfortunatley at that age I didn't bother collecting the others to read but I have recently found the book again in a cupboard and read it to my 5 year old daughter. She absolutely adores the characters and we are now collecting the other books and currently reading the second. I would recommend. :-) x ...more
Kate Jordan
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I remember reading them as a child, and absolutely adoring these books. Now, reading them as a 22-year old adult, it's easy to see why. Mel is a relatable protagonist, the action is fast-paced, and the sense of danger is present in every mission the angels are sent on. Thrilling stuff for a kid. I'd highly recommend this series for any child in the 9-12 bracket. ...more
Jordan Gillespie
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I randomly thought about this series earlier today and had to look it up. I remember I loved this book when I was in elementary school! I don't remember a terrible lot about it except the part where she's like "I'm so glad everyone here speaks English" and the others laugh and say "No, we're speaking, well, angel." Idk. ...more
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great read it puts angels in a different light and sows that you donn't have to be sickly sweet to be nich. As Mel learn as she becomes a 13 year old angel and learns helping some on is more importent then a trophie. ...more
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Dalton grew up as an only child in the English countryside during the 1950s. Her father was not always around, but when he was, he would tell her fantastical stories, often with her as the principal character. Her father left the family for good. Dalton missed him and his stories, which led her to the fantasy section at her local library, thus sparking life-long love of fiction.

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