Review: Wings

WingsWings by Christopher Myers

Scholastic Press (2000)

ISBN 9780590033770

Books like this are simple – and profound – and they make a real impact on young readers as well as older ones. Ikarus Jackson is the new boy at school – and he is different. His strength to be himself and embrace his diversity in face of intolerance is inspiring, especially to lower grade students who are just learning what it means to be tolerant of others and at the same time experiencing the first stings of self-consciousness as they begin to recognize differences in themselves.

Quantitative: Lexile Level: 400 (Adult Directed); ATOS 3.4

Qualitative: Lower Grades (K-3) with adult directed reading recommended. This picture book contains themes more mature than the quantitative reading level and should be read and discussed with very young readers to allow them to understand the meaning behind the words.

Content Area: English; Social Science – Equality/Diversity

Common Core Standards: SL.1.1, SL.1.2, SL.1.3, RL.1.1, RL.1.3, RL.1.4

Additional/Digital Content:  Meet Christopher Myers in this interview from Reading Rockets

Awards: ALA Notable/Best Books; Booklist Editors’ Choice; Publishers Weekly Best Book; Charlotte Zolotow Award/Honor Book

Personal Note: Christopher Myers is the son of  award-winning young adult author Walter Dean Myers. Both strong voices for young people – highly recommend.

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