My 10-year-old daughter loved Twilight, do you have anything like that for her? This is a recent challenge that often has me at a total loss. (First of all, why are 10-year-olds reading Twilight? The content is a little mature for that audience.) Most of the other vampire or supernatural romance books that are Twilight-ish have content aimed at a much more mature audience. But if you do let your 10-year-olds read Twilight, Aprilynne Pike’s Wings is a good read for them. Sex is mentioned in a casual non-reproductive way, although never actually takes place.
Laurel is an unusual girl. She can only eat fruits and vegetables and she does not have a pulse. However, she is very much alive and very healthy. Her parents live a holistic lifestyle, so her unusual tendencies go unnoticed. She has just moved to a new town and school and after years of home schooling she attends high school. An over friendly boy, David becomes her new best friend. David can be compared to Twilight’s Edward in that he is both gorgeous and almost obsessively devoted to Laurel. Laurel discovers a bump on her back that grows into a beautiful wing-like blossom. She is terrified and tries to hide it. During a visit to the woods near her former home, Laurel meets a gorgeous stranger named Tamani and discovers she is not human at all but a faerie. She is more plant than human. She must convince her mother not to sell the land that has been in her family for generations in order to save the faerie realm. Many girls growing up will be able to indentify with the body changes and the fear that can surround them. I don’t mean that the girls will sprout wings, but pubescent changes none the less. The writing is ok, not spectacular, but fans of supernatural romance will love it.
Wings is the first book in a series of four. No word at this time on when the next installment will be released. According to Pike’s website, Disney purchased the movie rights to Wings. Miley Cyrus may star in the film.
Ideas for discussing with teens:
Why do you think supernatural romance is so popular right now?
Does David seem realistic? Compare him with Edward Cullen.
Should Laurel choose David or the male faerie, Tamani?
If you were a friend in David’s circle, how would you react to Laurel?
Laurel cannot get pregnant by traditional means. So what will sex mean for her?