Last year we had the honor to interview Wendell Van Dranan for her book, The Running Dream. You can read the interview here.
This year she released Wild Bird. This, too, is a story of struggle and overcoming, of becoming something you don't know if you can be anymore. This is the story of a lonely new girl who fell into the wrong crowd in 6th grade and started doing drugs. This is the story of her parents forcing her to go to Loa, a wilderness survival camp where if you want a drink you have to find your own water in the desert. If you want to eat your rations, you have to make fire with your bow, if you want to wash yourself, you have to make soap out of the yucca plant, and if you want to change yourself and find strength, you can.
As my daughters and I listened to the audiobook read by Alex McKenna, we felt Wren truly was a warrior. We couldn't listen to it fast enough.
To me this book is a case of a sporty girl who didn't know she was sporty. She became an avid hiker, a reader of the stars and scat, an expert fire builder, and someone who could not only fight coyotes, but the voices and addictions within herself.
Wren is a rock star. If you're looking for a book to gift, I would recommend both of these!
From the ladies at Sporty Girl Books, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy New Year.
See you in 2018!