Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney

Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney

by Suzanne Harper
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Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney by Suzanne Harper

How do you ignore a ghost?

Sparrow Delaney absolutely, positively does not want to be a medium like her six older sisters, her mother, and her grandmother. She does not want to see, hear, smell, or talk to ghosts. If she sticks to her rules and doesn't let anyone know that she can do all those things—everywhere, all the time—Sparrow just might pass as a normal tenth grader at her new high school. She makes a new best friend and meets an irritatingly appealing guy in her history class. But when another boy catches her eye, all Sparrow's dreams of being ordinary go up in smoke. Because this boy is a dead one—a persistent, charming, infuriating ghost, who won't let her be until she agrees to help him Move On.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061131608
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/27/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Suzanne Harper grew up in Texas and lives in New York City.

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Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Goose-Girl More than 1 year ago
The only reason I purchased The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney was because Barnes and Noble had it on sale. I expected the book to be just ok and probably one I would just finish and move on from. I was pleasantly surprised though, when the book far exceeded my expectations. Sparrow is a relatable character who doesn't fall into the stereotypical gender role. This book is not only a fun, easy read for teens, but young adults and even adults as well. The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney is has humor, and other emotions. The writing makes you smile or laugh at times, and feel the sadness of events at others. Great Read :)
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
For Sparrow Delaney, having to switch schools before starting tenth grade isn't a curse--it's a blessing. All her life she's wanted to be normal, and now that she's found a chance to start over, she's not about to let anything ruin it. But it's hard to live a normal life when your sisters, mother, and grandmother are all mediums, in contact with the spirit world, and when you live in Lily Dale, New York, a town devoted to spiritualism where s¿ances are regular activities and everyone you meet has some affinity for the dead. It only gets harder when you hear the dead, too.

As the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, Sparrow is an exceptionally powerful medium. She's been seeing ghosts since she was five years old, and she knows her talents far surpass those of anyone else she's met. But Sparrow has always wanted more from life than being a medium, so from a young age, she's hidden her gifts, pretending that she cannot communicate with the dead at all. She sees her move to a new school as a chance to finally break away from the teasing that's always followed her, and the first step in becoming someone who has no need for annoying spirits who refuse to Move On.

Unfortunately for Sparrow, the spirits don't care too much about what she wants. On the first day of school, the spirit of a teen named Luke appears to her and urges her to help him solve the problems that are keeping him from Moving On. Sparrow ignores him at first, but Luke is more persistent than the other ghosts she's shrugged off over the years, and eventually she finds herself grudgingly listening to his story. Sparrow also has to deal with a history project partner, Will, who decides they should focus their local history report on Lily Dale and "those psychic quacks" who live there. Not to mention the continued worrying of her mother, grandmother, and sisters about her apparent lack of talents.

I came into this story less than thrilled by the premise, but I was quickly won over by Sparrow's first-person voice as she articulated all of the difficulties of being a teenage medium trying to hide her talents. The author does a good job of painting realistic--albeit quirky--relationships between Sparrow and her family members and new-found friends. The intricacies of her interactions with Luke and Will kept me wanting to know more about all of the characters involved. Even readers put off by the story's fantastic premise will be sucked into the drama of Sparrow's life and fly through the plot's twists and turns until they reach what I felt was a very satisfying conclusion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's sometimes amazing how far one will lie to stay 'normal,' even if it means ignoring your own 'talents.' However, Sparrow Delaney has had lots of practice. The seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, Sparrow's family has been waiting for fifteen years for her 'powers' relating to ghosts to appear. That's right, ghosts. Sparrow's entire family (including her six sister Raven, Oriole, Lark, Linnet, Wren, and Dove, her mother, and her Grandmother Bee) have psychic powers. Which isn't too out-of-the-ordinary in Lily Dale, New York. Sparrow wants nothing to do with it. But what happens when one persistent ghost won't leave her alone until she helps 'right a terrible wrong'? And what does this have to do with her history partner, the gorgeous but (as Sparrow claims) sarcastic and rude Jack Dawson? I found this book amazing, and recommend it to anyone! It is NOT a creepy, horror ghost story, but a wit-filled, finding-yourself story brushed with a sprinkle of irony and sarcasm.
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The-Book-Worm More than 1 year ago
At first I thought ehh, why not, but I was unsure about it when I bought it. I finished it in a day and a half, loved every page. I got to the end and while happy with how it worked out wanted more of a story. The characters are interesting and funny, keeping me smiling through out the story. I thought that perhaps the story wouldn't be fitting for me due to being older then the main character but I was glad to be proved wrong.
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ZeroG57 More than 1 year ago
I got this as a bargain book just because it was cheap and didn't exactly have high hopes. BOY WAS I WRONG! Great read, funny book, really good
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Jaynez More than 1 year ago
It was an okay story, but some parts kind of dragged for me. I felt that it took too long for her to do anything and then it was wrapped up too nicely. Overall, it was a story about a girl accepting her family and the quirks life has given her.
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When I took out this book I thought it looked alright, I didn't think it was going to be good. But once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. The topic about ghosts was so different and interesting. It was kind of predictable but it was well written. I thought that the ending was really nice. After reading this book it left me feeling very happy. ~T~
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Marilyn_Jareds More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book after a recommendation from my librarian. I hope that many people read this book! ;)
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