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Review: Sparrow

Sparrow Sparrow by Sarah Moon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book – all opinions are my own. 5/5 stars

Sparrow has always been a loner. She avoids people whenever she can. She eats lunch in a bathroom stall. She doesn’t think things will ever change. Then she meets Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian. Mrs. Wexler invites Sparrow to join her for lunch in the library. Soon there is a group of Frequent Flyers who meet daily in the library to eat lunch and read together, and Sparrow feels like she is finally part of something.

And then tragedy strikes, and Mrs. Wexler is killed in a terrible accident. Sparrow doesn’t know how to deal with the loss of her teacher, and finds herself on the top of the school roof, looking over the edge. The next thing she knows, she is in a hospital and is given mandatory therapy sessions.

Over the next few months, Sparrow learns about her fascination with birds and flying, and how to deal with the grief that has derailed her life.

This book is a beautiful exploration of grief and loss, loneliness and isolation. Even in the midst of despair, Sparrow finds hope in music and lyrics. As heavy as the story can feel, the mood is hopeful. Moon shows us that everyone feels lonely, that we never know the stories of those around us, and that music can be powerfully healing. Give this book to fans of realistic fiction, or students dealing with grief or mental health issues.


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