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  • Author:
    Karen Foxlee
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    1843549247
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    Atlantic Books; Main edition (2010)
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Karen Foxlee is an Australian author who writes for both kids and grown-ups. All the while she never gave up her secret dream of becoming a writer. Her first novel The Anatomy of Wings was published in 2007.

Karen Foxlee is an Australian author who writes for both kids and grown-ups. She grew up in the outback mining town Mount Isa and still frequently dreams she is walking barefoot along the dry Leichhardt River there. One of four children she started telling stories when she was young. The story of the sudden death of a teenage girl in a desert mining town won numerous awards including, the Dobbie Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book.

She didn't have any showers. She smelled like tears. When I wanted to talk to her I had to kneel beside her bed. After RINSE do I turn it to SPIN?. I whispered e with her see-through blue eyes. Have you got any money for the cafeteria?. No, she said, and then after a while, when I was nearly at her bedroom door, I'm a bad mother. No you're not, I said. Dr. Cavanaugh was called and appeared at our front screen door pulling up his blue walk socks.

Karen Foxlee is an Australian Author who lives and writes in southeast Queensland. The Anatomy of Wings. Junior Library Guild. Allen & Unwin Teen. Australian Writers' Centre. PagesPublic figureAuthorKaren Foxlee. English (UK) · Русский · Українська · Suomi · Español.

Random House Children's Books, 10 февр Karen Foxlee lives in Gympie, Australia. The Anatomy of Wings is her first novel.

Random House Children's Books, 10 февр. Ten-year-old Jennifer Day lives in a small mining town full of secrets. Trying to make sense of the sudden death of her teenage sister, Beth, she looks to the adult world around her for answers. As she recounts the final months of Beth’s life, Jennifer sifts through the lies and the truth, but what she finds are mysteries, miracles, and more questions. First-time novelist Karen Foxlee perfectly captures the essence of growing up in a small town and the complexities and absurdities of family life. Karen Foxlee lives in Gympie, Australia.

The Anatomy of Wings. In a dusty Queensland town, something terrible has happened. Amongst broken bottles and cigarette butts at the foot of a water tower, a girl with blonde hair lies as if sleeping. Jennifer Day has lost her sister and her singing voice, and doesn't know how to find either of them. Her father and mother move under a spell, and a dark silence lives in the space that fiery, rebellious Beth has left behind her. To recover her voice, Jennifer must retrace her sister's last steps, weeding out childish mementoes from disturbingly adult memories.

The Anatomy of Wings book. A very moving novel which I recommend. Karen Foxlee’s first novel The Anatomy of Wings has won many awards and it’s not hard to see why. I will be on the lookout for more of this authors works. Book ‘f’ of the a-z author challenge 2018. May 15, 2010 Karen rated it it was ok. Shelves: adult-fiction. I'm not really sure why I finished this.

2008: Dobbie Encouragement Award for The Anatomy of Wings. 2019: Griffith University Young Adult Book Award for Lenny’s Book of Everything. The Anatomy of Wings (2008). The Midnight Dress (2013). Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy (2014).

I really enjoyed the book The Anatomy of Wings". Native Australian Karen Foxlee's richly drawn debut novel, THE ANATOMY OF WINGS, has the unfortunate quality of having two main characters who are equally strong yet dueling to dominate the spotlight. When I was reading it, I was really able to relate to it. The main character, Beth, was a teenage girl. The catch? One's alive; one's dead.

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The Anatomy of Wings - Ebook written by Karen Foxlee. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read The Anatomy of Wings. Trying to make sense of the sudden death of her teenage sister Beth, she looks to the adult world around her for answers. As she recounts the final months of Beth’s life, Jennifer sifts through the lies and the truth, but what she finds are mysteries, miracles and more questions. Was Beth’s death an accident? Why couldn’t Jennifer – or anyone else – save her?


Fearlesssinger
Wonderful, stirring read which stayed with me when I had finished.
Tyler Is Not Here
Native Australian Karen Foxlee's richly drawn debut novel, THE ANATOMY OF WINGS, has the unfortunate quality of having two main characters who are equally strong yet dueling to dominate the spotlight. The catch? One's alive; one's dead. But thankfully for readers, the more we find out about the dead one (13-year-old Beth Day), the more we understand about the one who's left behind (Beth's 10-year-old sister, Jennifer).

The story begins as Jenny and her best friend, Angela, are rifling through a forbidden box at the top of Jenny's mother's closet. Inside, they find clues to Beth's death --- all ordinary objects yet each a key to Beth's downturn. "There were two blue plastic hair combs. A tough girl's black rubber-band bracelet. A newspaper advertisement for a secretarial school folded in half. A blond braid wrapped in gladwrap. A silver necklace with a half-a-broken-heart pendant. An address, written in a leftward-slanting hand, on a scrap of paper. Ballet shoes wrapped in laces."

As the narrative unfolds, the story behind each of these objects is revealed --- the beloved braid of hair their mother chopped from Beth's head while angrily wrestling with her on the kitchen floor; the flyer for secretarial school: a last-ditch effort to keep Beth from getting into trouble; the necklace worn by Beth and her semi-boyfriend/bed-partner Marco, the 17-year-old bad boy from across town. Watching Beth morph from responsible daughter to wild child hell-bent on doing what she wants is infuriating and depressing but realistic nonetheless.

On a basic level, Foxlee hasn't covered much new ground here --- the story structure is a bit reminiscent of Alice Sebold's THE LOVELY BONES --- but that won't stop readers from identifying with Jenny. The 10-year-old's frustration and curiosity about why her sister won't just cooperate or "get better" is palpable on every page. And typical of any younger sibling, the love she feels for Beth and the devotion to keeping her secrets safe is counterbalanced with her guilty urge to tell the truth about what's actually happening so that Beth can get the help she needs before it's too late.

There are other nice touches as well. The chapters about the other people living on Beth and Jenny's street, although potentially jarring at first, are exceptionally detailed and provide additional context to the world the girls and their parents inhabit. Jenny's obsession with relaying facts about random things, while sometimes distracting to the story and perhaps overdone as a storytelling tactic, add depth to her character and balance out her propensity for letting her imagination get the best of her. And Nanna's character? Well, she's just a hoot.

THE ANATOMY OF WINGS is stuffed with all sorts of ingredients that make teenagers --- especially broody ones --- link arms in jaded unity. Drunken parties are thrown and cigarettes are smoked. Boys are slept with too early. Threats are made about running away. Exasperated parents lay down the law, but it doesn't do any good. In short, this seems like a typical angsty novel, but somehow it's not. While many readers will enjoy (and relate to) these elements, what they'll come to love is Foxlee's honesty in her refusal to wrap anything up neatly, as a few questions are left unanswered. Does Beth kill herself? What exactly did Beth do to Deirdre in the park? Could Beth be saved in the end?

We still get the feeling it's going to take a long time for the Days to recover from their collective fallout. And that's the way it should be.

--- Reviewed by Alexis Burling
Mikale
Her sister Beth is gone, and Jenny wants to understand why it all happened. At ten years old, she knows no one will tell her the truth, so she is determined to discover it for herself.

Her search begins with a blue cardboard box. She plans to sift through the things Beth left behind and find clues to explain why Beth changed. There are ballet slippers, a broken heart pendant, black rubber-band bracelets, and an address. Jenny uses them to recall memories and events that led to her sister's death.

Woven in among Jenny's memories are the struggles of the rest of the family. Some are part of the lies and deceit that contributed to Beth's downfall. Others are part of the efforts to stop her downward spiral.

Their parents tried to control their wayward daughter when things began to head in the wrong direction. They tried to limit her activities and monitor her friendships, but Beth used Jenny and anyone else she could to concoct alibis that allowed her to carry on with her dangerous life.

As in many stories with a mystery, Jenny stumbles across more questions than answers as her family crumbles around her.

THE ANATOMY OF WINGS is the first novel for author Karen Foxlee. She shows great creative promise with her unique characters and fierce emotion. She captures the turmoil of those left behind after a tragedy, and the tremendous effort required to hold life together.

Readers may find it challenging at times to separate the different threads of this complex story, but if they are up to the challenge, they will find Foxlee is an author to keep an eye on in the future.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
Unde
This isn't a book. This is poetry.

Foxlee's first novel is a crash-and-burn lesson about youth and the dark spots that creep into teens' minds as they age; a storyline that isn't exacly new on any level. Jennifer Day's story covers everything from exiled grandmothers to failing marriages to the death of a sister, none of which are easy to swallow, but have been written about countless times before. "The Lovely Bones", "The Child Called It", and "Thirteen Reasons Why" are just a handful of novels out there that cover the same ground. While the topic may seem done to death, Foxlee's sublime and abstract style sets her work apart from all the rest.

This book took me a long time to read - not because it's by any means lengthy, but because I stopped so many times to reread the beauty of the words on the page. What's so amazing about this author (and as far as I've experienced, entirely unique to her) is that she finds a way to put things in such a beautiful, captivating light and in such a simple, matter-of-fact way that you start to believe they were never ugly in the first place. She doesn't describe how things are; she renames them entirely, pointing out the loveliness in everything. Even the simplest things - shampoo, night-time skies, a fly caught in a spider's web - start to glow under Foxlee's depiction of them and reek with overpowering importance. She creates a grace about everything without even trying, which is a feat that must be experienced to be appreciated. Her simplistic yet moving view of the world catches you completely off-guard and takes your breath away, which is something none of the books above were able to do, and what sets her book apart.

Not only does Foxlee sneak up on you with her awakening outlooks on life, but makes them completely essential to the plotline. The death of Jennifer's sister swallows her world and takes down everything with it, and you feel that black hole suck you in on every page. Beth's passing is explained in the book through memories, out of order and somewhat disjointed, but powerful in the way they come up throughout the story. Each memory is accompanied by a brick wall of emotions that will knock you down where you stand. Foxlee creates an aura through each event that puts you in the story, crying right along with Mrs. Day and feeling the hopeless decay of Beth firsthand. Without watching Beth cry for the ants stuck in the honey, you don't understand her drawing need to be with Marco. Without seeing her spend hours on end watching the stars on the trampoline, you don't grow suspicious of her friendship with Miranda and her abandonment of her family. Without seeing the world through the halos she experiences after her fainting spell at the lake, you don't feel her restlessness. Without watching Beth slip away, you don't feel the crushing tension between Jenifer's parents or the unsurmountable loneliness of Danielle or Jenifer's excessive need to bury everything under the rug. Without Foxlee's admiration of the small things in life, like the sound of bike tires on pavement or the presence of the bush at night, you can't possibly understand the wilting world Jenifer seems to find herself rooted in. Without that admiration, this book doesn't have half the meaning it holds now.

This book is by far the most moving I've ever read. Some claim it's scatter-brained and the typical teenage story, but I find its simplicity to be the perfect tool to watch Beth's world fall down and its dispersed plotline to be the perfect explanation of why. Foxlee's impressive, heartrending writing style takes a little piece of Beth and Jennifer with each chapter and gives it to you to keep. While the storyline might not be unique to this book alone, that fact undoubtedly is. This book is effortless. It's as if Foxlee planted the overwhelming silence into the first chapter and just sat back as she watched the Days' world unravel on its own. What's really great about this book is that it's not loud, it's not flashy, and it's not forceful in its message, but it buries itself in your mind and haunts you long after you turn the last page.