02. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Leslie · Tags:

Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor, 247 pages, read by Leslie, on 04/30/2013

Sparrow Road

Twelve-year-old Raine spends the summer at a mysterious artists colony and discovers a secret about her past.

I really think that this is going to be my favorite Mark Twain nominee.  The characters were all so real and the storyline rolled out at a nice pace.  Sometimes authors try to stuff things into their stories as they are reaching the end so it feels too rushed.  I thought that Raine’s personality as an only child trying to deal with all the upheaval was well done, she is a very grounded character, not flighty like some authors might make their characters when dealing with similar plots.  Very well done.

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