A Fast and Brutal Wing
A Fast and Brutal Wing
A Fast and Brutal Wing
Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson
She leapt, a perfect arc, lithe muscles propelling her through the air, leaving what was human behind, clothes fallen to the ground. She was cat, claws unsheathed, teeth bared. Loving the hunt, the chase, the pounce and the strike, her teeth sinking into flesh, blood spurting in her mouth.Animal justice: ruthless and swift. And totally satisfying.A provocative, richly layered, and utterly compelling novel that asks the answerable: what is truth, and what does it mean to be human?Niki and Emmet are siblings with a secret: their ability to change from human to animal, and back-their ability to transform-she to a cat, he to a hawk. Their mother is clueless, but how much does the elusive writer Slanger know? Is their classmate Doug as superficial as he seems? Is the psychiatrist a caretaker or an enemy? And what did she have to do with their father's disappearance? Alternating 4 voices, paralleling the transformations of adolescence itself, this book is also about the transformative power of great literature, on the border between the darkest fantasy and our own reality.

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Mystery

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Two kids, two animals: Hawk and Cat. Will they hunt each other, or will they fight the urge to kill, because the brother and sister need each other in the human world? Emmet and Niki are caged in. They both crave the outdoors, but after the "incident in the woods," Niki is kept at home and Emmet is kept at the Tomington Center. They both long for the freedom to enjoy fresh, open air. According to Niki, it is because they have the ability to transform: Emmet to hawk, Niki to cat. Is this true, or is the story Niki wrote for the Father Project as fantastic as it sounds?

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On a dark Halloween night three teenagers go into a clearing in the woods not far from a famous author's old mansion. That night the author disappears and the teens are the suspects of the disappearance. But did they? And why? And who really did what to whom? Creatively written, the story is put together with multiple perspectives, and with that the reader has only a few pages that explain this ordeal.

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