Sparrow

Sparrow

by Sarah Moon

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Overview


Sparrow has always had a difficult time making friends. She would always rather stay home on the weekends with her mother, an affluent IT executive at a Manhattan bank, reading, or watching the birds, than play with other kids. And that's made school a lonely experience for her. It's made LIFE a lonely experience.

But when the one teacher who really understood her -- Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian, a woman who let her eat her lunch in the library office rather than hide in a bathroom stall, a woman who shared her passion for novels and knew just the ones she'd love -- is killed in a freak car accident, Sparrow's world unravels and she's found on the roof of her school in an apparent suicide attempt.

With the help of an insightful therapist, Sparrow finally reveals the truth of her inner life. And it's here that she discovers an outlet in rock & roll music...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338032581
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 412,522
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author


Sarah Moon is a teacher and writer. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, with her wife, Jasmine, and their dog, Otis. She is the coeditor of The Letter Q, a young adult anthology. Sparrow is her first young adult novel.

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Sparrow has always had a difficult time making friends. She would always rather stay home on the weekends with her mother, an affluent IT executive at a Manhattan bank, reading, or watching the birds, than play with other kids. And that's made school a lonely experience for her. It's made LIFE a lonely experience.

But when the one teacher who really understood her -- Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian, a woman who let her eat her lunch in the library office rather than hide in a bathroom stall, a woman who shared her passion for novels and knew just the ones she'd love -- is killed in a freak car accident, Sparrow's world unravels and she's found on the roof of her school in an apparent suicide attempt.

With the help of an insightful therapist, Sparrow finally reveals the truth of her inner life. And it's here that she discovers an outlet in rock & roll music . . .

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Sparrow 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Sparrow is a story about a teenage girl found at her school standing on the roof. Everyone is confident she was trying to commit suicide, but she is sure that she wasn’t going to kill herself. The girl, adaptly named Sparrow, begins going to a therapist who tries to help her, even though she doesn’t think that she needs help. Through her therapy sessions Sparrow begins to see that even though it was generally not perceived by anyone, even her, she is going through a lot and has multiple issues. Others would enjoy this book because it is very interesting and discusses an issue that this girl has from many angles. It adroitly shows how she feels, and how her life gets better after she realizes what is wrong. One of my favorite parts was when Sparrow is talking to her therapist and the therapist puts on music that Sparrow has never heard before, but she realizes that the words mean a lot to her and she starts to listen to that music a lot. This book is worth reading because it talks about people that have issues with their lives that everyone might not always be able to see. It also shares that you shouldn’t put people down for having problems. Overall this was a great book that was extremely hard to put down. Review by Bolden B, age 15, Central Pennsylvania Mensa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoughtful
AmberK1120 More than 1 year ago
Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the free review copy of his book – all opinions are my own. I have a soft spot for Sparrow. My heart broke for her while reading this book. I think it’s going to resonate with a lot of readers. She finds herself stuck in a space where she doesn’t feel that she’s understood, so she shuts down. Her actions are repeatedly confused as meaning something other than what she intends, and she seems to be caught in a cycle. She can’t seem to express her feelings in a way that’s acceptable to those around her. While that part is heartbreaking, it’s also inspiring. With the help of her slightly untraditional therapist, Sparrow is able to find an outlet through music. Slowly she begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think this book will resonate with many readers. Someone who’s looking for a good strong emotional and heartfelt middle grade/teen book will enjoy this one, as will those readers who feel like Sparrow – lost, unnoticed, buried under grief. Side note: Side note: Moon created a Spotify soundtrack for this book, and you can find the link to it in her Instagram profile. Personally I love this type of added bonus and the extra effort author's put into this kind of thing. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page turning exiting never want it to stop
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
This was an emotional read for me. I wasn’t expecting his novel to pull me and move me like it did. The story begins with fourteen-year-old Sparrow in a psych hospital ward. Sparrow claims that it wasn’t suicide that led her to the ledge on the school’s roof but she won’t tell anyone what she was doing there. It isn’t until she is deep into her therapy sessions that she starts to open up about what is really going on in her life. Sparrow has only been going to this school for a few years and literally has very few, if any friends. That should have been a red flag and I would have hoped her mother noticed this but it looks as if everyone has been busy. I would have to say that her best friend is the school’s librarian, Mrs. Lexler. Mrs. Lexler allows a few of the students to hang out in the library after lunch, mainly the students who have no one. I start to adore Mrs. Lexler myself, as Sparrow talks more about her. If only things could have continued as they were but events occur that we have no choice in the matter and Sparrow life takes a drastic turn. She’s been unseen by the individuals around her but now, she has no voice. Communication and motivation are sliding backwards. Her mother threatens therapy and Sparrow attends, participation takes a while. I could feel the pain and the frustration as the story was slowly revealed. Bits and pieces of Sparrow’s suffering spills out until it is too much and then the scene ends and we have to start over again. Embarrassed and elated at what her life has turned into, Sparrow keeps everything inside. I really enjoyed this novel, I felt like I was peeling an orange. Peeling back a piece of the hard layer, a bit at a time, to get at the best part.