Sunday, November 14, 2010

Review of Wenny Has Wings by Janet Lee Carey

I read Wenny Has Wings by Janet Lee Carey a couple of years ago, but it has stuck with me because it is one of the best books I've read dealing with the death of a child and the resultant grieving process.  Will North and his little sister, Wenny, are hit by a truck on their way to the store.  When Will wakes up in the hospital, he remembers that both he and Wenny started flying "towards the light" but that he pulled back because he didn't want his parents to be left alone.  The author guides us on Will's (and his parents') journey of recovery through a series of letters Will writes to Wenny. 
He's Wenny for leaving, his parents for being so lost in their grief, and himself for letting Wenny accompany him to the store that day and for not being able to save her.  His parents are incapable of helping him, so it is a youth minister who finally suggests that Will start writing letters to God.  Instead, he chooses to write to Wenny. 
This story is a tear-jerker, but it's also a message of hope and redemption.  I recommend that librarians and counselors read it, and add it to their bibliotherapy toolbox.


  1. Just reading your review caused my eyes to well up. I don't think I could last reading this book.

  2. What a wonderful review! I have students always looking for books about real life and I will be sure to order the book for my library and to recommend it to anyone looking for a "real life" book.