G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011
From Good Reads:It's the summer before seventh grade, and twelve-year- old Raine O'Rourke's mother suddenly takes a job hours from home at mysterious Sparrow Road- a creepy, dilapidated mansion that houses an eccentric group of artists. As Raine tries to make sense of her new surroundings, she forges friendships with a cast of quirky characters including the outrageous and funky Josie.
Together, Raine and Josie decide to solve the mysteries of Sparrow Road-from its haunting history as an orphanage to the secrets of its silent, brooding owner, Viktor. But it's an unexpected secret from Raine's own life that changes her forever.
An affecting and beautifully written story of family and forgiveness, Sparrow Road is an incredible gift.
I enjoyed this book about Raine working to figure out what it means to have a family and where she fits in the world. It’s a quieter story, but the author does a wonderful job of holding the reader’s attention through creating an authentic main character.
As a writer, I loved the unique descriptive phrases the author used, as well as the distinctive story voice. I’d read this novel again to learn about word choice and phrasing, because the words seem to be chosen with a lot of care to create lovely images.
“Every day Josie sewed a brand-new patch of memory so in the end her summer would be a kind of quilt.”
“Art just has to be. Dream your dreams. Trust the words that come.”
Sheila O’Connor was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and lives there now. She started writing when she was in fourth grade.According to the author's website, “Her favorite writing ritual is to walk across the snow or grass with a thermos in her hand, and her best pal Rollo at her feet, and step into the perfect quiet of her cottage, where her next page is waiting to be written.”
Other books by this author include:
Keeping Safe the StarsTokens of Grace
When No Gods Came
For more, visit Sheila O’Connor’s website.
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