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Carey, Janet Lee.
WENNY HAS WINGS
New York : Atheneum Books, 2002.
IL 3-6, RL 4.6
ISBN 0689842945

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Eleven year old Will North and his seven year old sister Wenny die in a horrible accident, but Will comes back.  He remembers seeing his sister floating happily and freely toward the light, but he backs away from the light when he hears his parentsí grief.  He must deal with the guilt and pain he feels over his sisterís death.  To make this task even worse, he believes he caused her death, and his parents focus on the death of Wenny and seem to forget Will.  When Mr. James a youth group leader gives Will a notebook to write his feelings and thoughts to God, he writes to Wenny instead.  Will he ever be able to forgive himself for Wennyís death?  Read Wenny Has Wings.  (Kelley Fraser, ksfraser@megalink.net)

Booktalk #2

My dear Wenny, Do you remember I died too?  I died when they brought us to the hospital.  I was on the table, and my heart stopped.  Wow, Wenny, it was so great racing through that tunnel of light after you.  I felt so free and so wonderful. You were having fun doing summersaults and floating around.   I wanted to go with you, but then I remembered Mom and Dad. Instead of following you, I turned back to be with them.  Here I am stuck on earth with Mom and Dad.  Some days I wonder if I made the right decision.  Things are miserable here!  Mom and Dad are so sad they hardly speak.  They donít even seem to want to bother with me much these days.  I am afraid to tell them that I died.  Iím afraid they will think I am crazy and put me on the third floor of the hospital with all of the crazy children.  I have decided to keep quiet and not tell them anything.  I will just keep everything inside.  Mom and Dad had a counselor come over, and he gave me a blank book to write in. I am going write to you, Wenny.  Maybe you will listen.  I know you wonít think Iím crazy. (Barbara Satkowski,  South Carolina Book Awards, 2006)

SUBJECTS:     Near-death experiences -- Fiction.
                        Death -- Fiction.
                        Grief -- Fiction.
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        Letters -- Fiction.

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