Sparrow Road

Sparrow Road

eBook - 2011
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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.
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9781101515105
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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

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Feb 18, 2018

Sad but seemed old fashioned

Jul 11, 2015

A good book for 11 year olds

Mar 12, 2015

A heartfelt story and was engaging from the beginning to the end.

litriocht Jun 17, 2014

O'Connor's novel does an excellent job of portraying complex emotions about missing relatives. When the reason for her father's extended absence from her life is revealed, Raine grapples with the feelings that accompany the disclosure. Should she forgive an imperfect parent and let him into her life? Or should she maintain the boundaries that her mother has put in place to protect her?

Raine's quick immersion into the creative community at the artist's retreat is less credible than the emotional experience she has while living there. Although children are not allowed at the retreat center, an exception is made for Raine when the sanctuary's director offers her mother a job. Once Raine is amongst the artists, she bonds with most of them and even begins writing herself. After receiving a few basic writing prompts, she composes a moving passage from an orphan's point of view in an astonishingly short period of time. With her insightful, precocious writing abilities acting as a plot device, Raine's exploration of an orphan's perspective mirrors the anguish the feels as she decides how to resolve her relationship with her father.

Aug 10, 2012

"People think we didn't have parents, but we did. Everyone has parents."
"What is, or what could be."
-Sparrow Road


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Jul 11, 2015

"What do I not know about my life?"


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