Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the free review copy of his book – all opinions are my own.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Sparrow has always had a difficult time making friends. She would always rather have stayed home on the weekends with her mother, an affluent IT Executive at a Brooklyn bank, reading, or watching the birds, than playing 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…
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 book will enjoy this one, as will those readers who feel like Sparrow – lost, unnoticed, buried under grief.
Side note: Moon created a Spotify soundtrack for this book, and you can find the link to it in her Instagram profile (link is below). Personally I love this type of added bonus and the extra effort author’s put into this kind of thing.
Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Author stats: Instagram
Book stats: Hardcover, 272 pages, Arthur A. Levine Books, October 10, 2017