The Importance of Wings

The Importance of Wings

by Robin Friedman


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In 1980s New York, eighth-grader Roxanne misses her mother and struggles with her Israeli-American identity and her father's long hours.

Roxanne (Ravit) Ben-Ari is an Israeli immigrant girl looking to fit in. An evangelist for TV reruns like Wonder Woman, The Brady Bunch, and Little House on the Prairie.  Roxanne is desperate to emulate all-American TV girls.

But things change when Liat moves in nearby, and Liat's self-confidence enables Roxanne to embrace her own unique identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580893312
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Robin Friedman has worked as a children's book editor, freelance writer, and advertising copywriter. She is currently a newspaper editor in New Jersey, where she lives with her husband, Joel, and their cats, Peppercorn and Peaches. Robin is the author of NOTHING, THE GIRLFRIEND PROJECT, THE SILENT WITNESS, and HOW I SURVIVED MY SUMMER VACATION.

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spartyliblover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This refers to an advanced reading copy. Roxanne wants to be normal, but with her Mother back in Israel and her father always at work driving his cab it makes it hard. When a new Israeli family moves into the "cursed" house down the street, Roxanne has to take a close look at herself and her family. This was a good middle school story about an immigrant girl and her struggle to fit in. The plot is somewhat predictable, but moves along at a pace that will keep readers reading. This book would be great for middle schoolers who are trying to figure out how to fit in.