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Wren to the Rescue (Wren Books) [Mass Market Paperback]

Sherwood Smith
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Firebird; Reissue edition (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142401609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142401606
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 11 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,785,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, not great 14 Dec 2004
By Robin
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was a bit disappointed in these books, because I love the Crown/Court Duel books so much. These are not like them at all. They seem to be for much younger girls, and there's no romance or anything. And it was weird but I did not really like Wren. I knew I was meant to, but she just seemed like too much of a typical, plucky, orphaned heroine - and she was too matter of fact and accepting of stuff. I have only read these books once - and I re-read EVERYTHING - so that tells you that they're not that great. But they are probably okay for younger readers.
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I read this book for the first time a couple years ago and I love it! Wren's character is beautifully well rounded: she is eternally sarcastic, loves anything to do with plays and the people who bring them to life on stage. She also loves magic and is eager to learn; in some cases too eager. She stands by her friends, would do anything to protect them. The story is original and well written, as are the other books in the series. It is a tale of one girl's bravery and courage used to save her best friend at all costs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and deft 7 Aug 2000
By Jennifer Mo - Published on Amazon.com
Sherwood Smith must be one of the best-- and least appreciated-- YA fantasy writers out there. Wren to the Rescue is the first and most light-hearted of the Wren trilogy (followed by Wren's Quest and Wren's War). It introduces the usual cast-- an orphan, a princess, a prince, and a magician. However, the characters are all fleshed out unusually well. Wren is one of the most spirited and loyal characters I've ever read; Teressa has been in hiding for all of her life, pretending to be an orphan, and is only beginning to take up her duties as a princess; Connor is the youngest prince of a long line-- landless and a failure at magic; Tyron is a chief worrier, talented young magician and heir to the most powerful magician in the kingdom. When Teressa is kidnapped by the suave King Andreus of the neighboring country Senna Lirwan, her best friend Wren knows she has to do something. Accompanied by Tyron, risking his position as heir, and Connor (who accidentally turned one of the masters into a turtle in the middle of a magic test), any number of wild adventures find them. There are the 'baddiepeepers,' or Wren's word for Andreus' spies, the chraucans-- huge, antisocial birds, and warrie beasts-- a human-eating creature, bandits, powerful magicians who may or may not be on their side, and dozens of magical traps. Including one that turns Wren into a dog, and if not removed soon, will make her one permanently.
Hurtling along at breakneck speed, Wren to the Rescue is a thoroughly enjoyable adventure quest fantasy. The characters are likable, though Wren can occasionally be a bit too relentlessly upbeat and Teressa is a little bland. Sherwood Smith is adept at recreating the dialogue of real children, and the dialogue is consistently good. The world-building is equally consistent. There's nothing objectionable, and fantasy readers of all ages will be delighted with Wren's adventures. Though the trilogy isn't as polished as Sherwood Smith's Crown and Court Duet, it should be very enjoyable for anyone who likes Tamora Pierce, Patricia Wrede, and Lloyd Alexander. A nice series to contrast the Wren trilogy to is Tamora Pierce's The Magic Circle Quartet, which also deals with a foursome of younger protagonists.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite books, you will love it! 29 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Wren to the Rescue is about an orphan girl that has always wanted adventure. One day she finds out that her best friend Tess, at the orphanage is really a princess hidding for the evil King Andreus of Senna Lirwan. Who said he would kiddnap the girl, first chance he gets. Tess's parents, the King & Queen of Meldrith finally decide it's safe for Tess to come home (but is it really that safe??). Wren & Tess move to the castle but then..... I'm trying not give a way the ending! Anyway Wren, Tyron a magician in training, and Conner a prince but with no chance of ever getting a kingdom, end up having the adventure of their lives. This story is filled with interesting lands, tons of weird creatures, powerful magic & magicians, and of course bad guys! Also once you start reading this book, you won't be able to put it down!! Make sure you read... #2 Wren's Quest, and #3 Wren's War after this book! Leah
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wren To The Rescue! 20 Jun 2005
By Willow and Jasmine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wren to the Rescue is a great read! It keeps you hooked and after you read it, you'll run to find the sequels! I just finished reading it for the second time, and it was just as good as I remembered it.

Wren, an orphan at Three Groves Orphanage, finds out that her friend Tess is really a long lost princess, hidden there because the wicked king Andreus wants to kidnap her. Wren is invited to come back to the palace in Cantirmoor with her friend. Unfortunately, the day after they arrive, Andreus strikes and Tess is spirited off to his stronghold in Senna Lirwan. Wren, being the spunky girl that she is, is not content to sit back and watch everyone else search. She uses a magic spell she saw to transport herself to the magic school, and from there decides to run off with a young magic prentice, Tyron, to rescue Tess.

They decide to find the mysterious mage Idres Rhiscarlan, to see if she will help them. When she refuses, they set out on their own to try to prevent the coming war. After a while, they are joined by Connor, Tyron's friend and a prince. After many adventures, involving warrie beasts, secret passages, bridges, armies, thieves and chraucans, they make it into Senna Lirwan.

Wren drinks from a poisoned stream and Andreus tries to take her, but Idres somehow pops back into the stream and saves her, turning Wren into a dog in the process! Poor Wren! But it doesn't seem to bother her all that much, though she is in danger of being a dog forever.

However, more problems soon come their way. Connor has a terrible secret, Wren's friends are captured, and she must find a way to rescue them alone AND get Tess out, before she becomes a dog for good! How does she do it? Read the book to find out!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read!!! 27 Jun 2001
By Darla L. Steffes - Published on Amazon.com
This book was undoubtly one of the best I've read in a while. Wren is an orphan girl who discovers that her best friend also in the orpanage is really a hidden princess, and that they will go back to her parent's home and live nicely, that is, until she gets kidnapped. Ignored by the other adults, Wren sets out on her own to find her friend and she is soon joined with a magician and a prince, who has no inheiritence and also happens to be the princess's cousin. Together they set off into danger from which Wren learns about her companions and also discovers what she would never have guessed; that she has a talent for magic that will be a great asset to their quest. Sherwood Smith is a greatly talented writer and I read all three of Wren's books, and am greatly awaiting the fourth book, which I think is called Wren Journeymage, but, Smith's publishers just decided that they didn't want the fourth book. So now I wait while a publishing company decides whether they will let me know about what happened with Wren and Conner (oh yeah, Tyron and Teressa too)when they grow up.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Readers Read Wren! 7 Feb 2005
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The book I am reviewing is called Wren To The Rescue by Sherwood Smith. I think this story deserves five stars. It's about a girl named Wren trying to save a friend named Tess who is a princess. The problem is a evil king named Andres kidnaps Tess. Wren attempts to save her friend with the help of a magician and prince. She may just do it. I really recommend this book to everyone. Other books are Wren's Quest and Wren's War.

Emerson, NJ Fifth Grader
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