THE GIRL WITH BORROWED WINGS by Rinsai Rossetti
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THE GIRL WITH BORROWED WINGS

Age Range: 12 - 18

KIRKUS REVIEW

Her name—Frenenqer—means "restraint" in "some language or other," and she is the only child—creation, really—of a man for whom affection is unspeakable: Pfft.

Expatriates, Frenenqer and her parents have lived many places but called none of them home. The teen’s world now is comprised of three boxes: her family's apartment, her school and the car that takes her from one to the other within the dusty, isolated oasis. When, much to her father's displeasure, Frenenqer rescues a large cat she finds caged in the souk, she liberates a "Free person," a shape-shifting being "born without rules." His are the wings she "borrows" when he nightly takes her in his arms and flies her around the world and into the realms of the Free people. With Sangris, Frenenqer feels free for the first time in her life—but can freedom accommodate love? Rossetti’s lush language is highly metaphorical and often sensuous, befitting the unfurling of Frenenqer’s stunted soul: "And when I came back up the air was still fresh and calm-smelling,…and the palm trees rustled in faint applause." Her earthy, often funny exchanges with Sangris represent freedom for both Frenenqer and readers from her cold, controlling father, whose "words have a way of shaping the world around him."

Infused with an urgent hope, this glimmering love story exhilarates and refreshes. (Magical realism. 12 & up)

Pub Date: July 19th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3566-8
Page count: 300pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2012




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