The Importance of Wings

The Importance of Wings
by Robin Friedman
Recommended ages: 11 – 14

 

Roxanne was born in Israel, but as an eighth-grader in New York, she desperately wants to “Americanize” and fit in with her peers. She and her younger sister do everything they can to devour American culture of the 1980s, the period in which this novel takes place. A 2010 Gold Medal winner in the Older Readers Category by the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries, “Wings” has received universal praise by critics for its depiction of the immigrant child’s experience.