18. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor, 256 pages, read by Angie, on 10/18/2012

Raine and her mother are spending the summer at Sparrow Road and Raine is not happy about it. She doesn’t want to leave her Grandpa Mac in Milwaukee and can’t understand why her mom wants to be the housekeeper for an artists’ retreat for the summer. Sparrow Road is very different; it was a mansion that became an orphanage that become a summer retreat for artists. It is run by creepy Viktor, the Iceberg, and houses an eclectic mix of artists: Josie the loud, crazy quilter, Diego the big bear of a collage maker, Lillian the old piano teacher and poet and Eleanor the grumpy essay writer. Soon Raine is discovering the history of Sparrow Hill and making new friends with artists. She also discovers the reason her mom brought her to the country for the summer.

Sparrow Road sucked me in. I loved Raine’s voice and the realness of her character. I liked the unique cast of characters for this book and how they all ended up creating a family. The description mentions how mysterious and creepy Sparrow Road is and I originally thought this would be more about that. But it wasn’t. It is a book about growing up, accepting change, discovering who you are and what your place is in the world and about being part of a community. It was very successful and a delight to read.

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