Two brothers bound together by affection and responsibility. Jadran is five years older than Josh and huge enough to be nicknamed Giant. Josh is younger, and smaller; but his sweet and stubborn brother thinks in a way that would be more typical of a small child. They are both dealing with changes to their newly blended, Muslim family. So Josh looks after Jadran and they both adjust. When the brothers find an injured young crane, Jadran wants to bring it back to their small apartment and teach it to fly at any cost. And it turns out the cost is high. Intensely moving without ever slipping into sentimentality, The Blue Wings is a warm, love-filled story about fragility, strength, and brotherhood, in all its complications.
Jef Aerts is a Belgian author of children’s books, novels and poetry. He has been praised as a master storyteller and his books have won numerous prestigious literary prizes. Jef worked with renowned illustrator Marit Törnqvist on the picture book Bigger Than a Dream and his books have been translated all over the world. Jef has three children and lives in a small farm with lots of animals.
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