Thursday, January 26, 2006

Letters to a Dead Sister

Wenny Has Wingsis the story of Will, an 11 year boy who was walking to the craft store with his little sister and cat when they were hit by a truck. Wenny dies immediately and Will survives after a near-death experience. This is a story of a family trying to heal emotionally and physically and how life can go on after such a tragedy.

The book is told in letters that Will writes to his sister and explores his loss, his anger, his frustration with his parents (such as getting grounded for hiding his father's life jacket in the dog house, even though it was Wenny who did it).

This book sometimes borders on schlocky but for the most part just tells a story, straight-forward and simple and is never preachy, which is rare for such a subject matter. A compelling read.

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