Blog Tour: Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen ~ Review

I am very excited to take part in the Blog Tour for Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen.

Working at a rehab facility years ago has made me appreciate very well written recovery stories and this one is one that should be in class rooms and a book that parents should read and think about having there kids read and discuss.

Wild Bird

Hardcover320 pages
Expected publication: September 5th 2017 
by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young 
Source: ARC provided by the publisher


In her most incisive and insightful book yet, Wendelin Van Draanen, award-winning author of The Running Dream and Flipped, offers a remarkable portrait of a girl who has hit rock bottom, but begins a climb back to herself at a wilderness survival camp in the desert.

3:47 a.m. That's when they come for Wren Clemmens. She's hustled out of her house and into a waiting car, then a plane, and then taken on a forced march into the desert. This is what happens to kids who've gone so far off the rails, their parents don't know what to do with them anymore. This is wilderness therapy camp. Eight weeks of survivalist camping in the desert. Eight weeks to turn your life around. Yeah, right.

The Wren who arrives in the Utah desert is angry and bitter, and blaming everyone but herself. But angry can't put up a tent. And bitter won't start a fire. Wren's going to have to admit she needs help if she's going to survive.


Thank you Random House for sending me a copy of Wild Bird for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

I am really picky on how an author develops an addict story cause I have read too many that sugar coated the ending. However I think that with Wild Bird it was done perfectly. This is not a happy ending it is a recovery story. It is true to that journey.

You will experience all the steps of recovery Wren has to go through. You also get to see how a recovery program works. While yes the addict wants to play it off as unfair and abusive. A lot of times addicts will play the manipulation card which is also done in this story impeccably.

I really enjoyed Wild Bird and definitely think this is a relevant book that should be in libraries and class rooms to be discussed. Addiction is something that should not be swept under the rug and this is a perfect book to bounce discussions off of.

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About the Author:

Wendelin Van Draanen has written more than thirty novels for young readers and teens. She is the author of the 18-book Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes series, and wrote Flipped which was named a Top 100 Children’s Novel for the 21st Century by SLJ, and became a Warner Brothers feature film with Rob Reiner directing. Her novel The Running Dream was awarded ALA’s Schneider Family Award for its portrayal of the disability experience.

Van Draanen is also the author of two short chapter-book series. The Gecko & Sticky books, are fun read-alouds, perfect for reluctant readers, and the Shredderman books—featuring a boy who deals with a bully—received the Christopher Award for “affirming the highest values of the human spirit” and became a Nickelodeon made-for-TV movie.

Van Draanen was a classroom teacher for fifteen years. She and her husband reside in California and have two sons.


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