I CARRIED YOU ON EAGLES' WINGS by Sue Mayfield

I CARRIED YOU ON EAGLES' WINGS

Age Range: 11 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 On the surface, ninth-grader Tony Sharp leads the life of an average teen: he listens to rock, has a part-time job, and is having his first romance. But Tony's mother has multiple sclerosis; her illness leaves him wavering between a sense of helplessness over her condition and resentment that he doesn't have a mother who can care for him. Tony escapes from the pain by caring for an injured herring gull that he finds in a cave; but as the bird's wing heals, Mrs. Sharp's health fails. In a symbolic gesture, Tony releases the healthy gull the morning following his mother's death. Unfortunately, weak characterization, overly sentimental writing, and an almost nonexistent plot badly mar a potentially good story. The mother-son relationship is poorly developed and doesn't give a real sense of their intimacy between the two; as a result, Tony's frustrated outbursts sound hollow. (Fiction. 11+)

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 1991
ISBN: 0-688-10597-1
Page count: 128pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1991