The Wall and the Wing

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Harper Collins, Feb 28, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 327 pages
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In one vast
and sparkling city,
everyone can fly.

Almost everyone.

A few, nicknamed leadfeet, are sentenced by a trick of nature or fate to forever spend their lives closer to the ground. But one night, a girl named Gurl -- a leadfoot, an orphan, a nobody -- discovers that she can do something much better than fly.

She can become invisible.

This amazing power will help her uncover the secret mysteries of the city. But even with her newfound talent, Gurl can't seem to hide from a giant rat man with a taste for cats, a manipulative matron with a penchant for plastic surgery, and a belligerent boy named Bug.Gradually Gurl learns to control her power and teams up with Bug to figure out who and what she is. Their quest will take them on a wild ride through this magical city, where they'll confront chatty birds and mind-bending monkeys, an eccentric genius with a head full of grass and a pocket full of kittens, and the handsome but lethal Sweetcheeks Grabowski -- the gangster who holds the key to Gurl's past . . . and the world's future.

 

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User Review  - librarybrandy - LibraryThing

For a teen book discussion. A world where (most) people can fly and every century or so, one child is born who can turn invisible. Cats are rare, orphanages are stereotypical horrible places run by a ... Read full review

THE WALL AND THE WING

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Gurl, like all the orphans in Hope House for the Homeless and Hopeless, doesn't remember her given name, if she ever had one, so she has to content herself with the one headmistress Terwiliger has ... Read full review

Contents

The Professor Remembers
3
The Girl Who Wasnt There
11
Blue Foot Blue Foot
20
The Chickens of Hope House
32
Bugged
43
Attack of the Umbrella Man
51
Mrs Terwiligers Monkeys
59
What Not to Wear
69
The Face in the Mirror
189
Never Trust a Monkey
204
Run
216
Whats It To You Has His Say
226
Ups and Downs
234
The Black Box
243
The Tower
253
Supa Dupa Fly
266

A History
80
Outsides and Insides
95
Two Little Mice
110
Flyboy
123
The Richest Man in the Universe
139
Turkey Burger
144
The Queen Said Ouch
157
The Punk Invasion
174
The Big Fat Hairy Fib
274
Bugbears and Bugaboos
280
Sweetcheeks Spills
288
Unzipped
295
Golden
306
Ha
326
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About the author (2006)

Laura Ruby lives in Chicago with her family. She spent much of her misguided youth writing angry, angsty poems and dyeing her hair lots of colors not found in nature. She is the author of Good Girls and Play Me as well as several other books for children and adults.

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