We Need Diverse Ya Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Q&A | June 8, 2015

    Owen Sheers: IMG Powell's Q&A: Owen Sheers

    Describe your latest book. I Saw a Man is a contemporary novel set between London, New York, Nevada, and Wales. The book opens with Michael Turner,... Continue »
    1. $18.17 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      I Saw a Man

      Owen Sheers 9780385529075

Qualifying orders ship free.
List price: $18.95
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Children's Middle Readers- General

More copies of this ISBN

Wild Things


Wild Things Cover

ISBN13: 9781590786277
ISBN10: 1590786270
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $6.50!


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A headstrong girl. A stray cat. A wild boy. A man who plays with fire. Eleven-year-old Zoë trusts no one. Her father left before she was born. At the death of her irresponsible mother, Zoë goes to live with her uncle, former surgeon and famed metal sculptor Dr. Henry Royster. She's sure Henry will fail her as everyone else has. Reclusive since his wife's death, Henry takes Zoë to Sugar Hill, North Carolina, where he welds sculptures as stormy as his moods. Zoë and Henry have much in common: brains, fiery and creative natures, and badly broken hearts. Zoë confronts small-town prejudice with a quick temper. She warms to Henry's odd but devoted friends, meets a mysterious teenage boy living wild in the neighboring woods, and works to win the trust of a feral cat while struggling to trust in anyone herself. In this ALA Notable Children's Book and Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of the Year, Zoë's questing spirit leads her to uncover the wild boy's identity, lay bare a local lie, and begin to understand the true power of Henry's art. Then one decisive night, she and the boy risk everything in a reckless act of heroism.

I'd hoped for better, Henry's being a heart doctor. A job like that, you'd think he might actually have a heart.

As usual, I pushed the cart down the aisle myself, taking what I needed off the shelves, the new grown-up as useless as those before him. Negative help, as Mama's friend Manny used to say, negative being less than none. No big deal. Grocery shopping and I were old friends, along with toilet scrubbing, vacuuming, and wash.

Said grown-up—my before-last-Monday-never-heard-of Uncle Henry—trailed behind, … alternating between keeping five or six paces back like I was contagious and breathing down my neck in the unlikely event I needed him for something. I wondered why he'd claimed me at all. —FROM THE BOOK

About the Author

Clay Carmichael has written award-winning children's books that have been translated into many languages. She teaches writing and illustrating and lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

Melody Murray, January 12, 2011 (view all comments by Melody Murray)
Extraordinary. I had to let it simmer overnight before I could come up with anything resembling a coherent review. This is a wonderful book, and I loved it enough that I wish I hadn't read it so I could read it again for the first time.

The characters are agreeably prickly, including the feral old cat who is deeply suspicious of people. The passages narrated by the cat are maybe just a little hokey, but I loved 'em anyway. In my opinion, the descriptions of what it's like to be an artist are dead on. The plot is taut, the coincidences and climaxes not so far out as to be surreal, the characters' growth is believable and heartwarming. And did I mention the cat? And the passing but suitably loving mention of favorite characters from classic kid-lit?

I want to read it again, right away. I can't remember how long it's been since I had that reaction to a middle-grade book.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 1 readers found this comment helpful)

Product Details

Carmichael, Clay
Front Street
Family life
Children s-General
Lifestyles - City Life
Social Issues
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 6
, Y
8.25 x 5.5 in 15 oz
Age Level:

Other books you might like

  1. Romiette and Julio
    Used Trade Paper $4.50
  2. The Queen Geek Social Club Used Trade Paper $5.95
  3. Ninth Grade Slays (Chronicles of... Used Hardcover $7.50
  4. Club Dread (Hunted) New Trade Paper $8.99
  5. Prom Queen Geeks (Berkley Jam Books) New Mass Market $9.99
  6. A Certain Strain of Peculiar New Hardcover $16.99

Related Subjects

Children's » General
Children's » Middle Readers » General
Children's » Reference » Family and Genealogy
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Self-Esteem and Self-Reliance

Wild Things Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$6.50 In Stock
Product details 248 pages Front Street - English 9781590786277 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.