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The Unfinished Angel

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  1,683 Ratings  ·  384 Reviews
'Peoples are strange!
The things they are doing and saying - sometimes they make no sense. Did their brains fall out of their heads?'

Angel, not fond of people at the best of times and having an identity crisis, is about to meet Zola - a talkative young girl who makes herself at home in Angel's tower in a village high in the Swiss Alps. 'This Zola is a lot bossy,' Angel thin
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 29th 2010 by Andersen (first published September 22nd 2009)
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Michelle Witte
There are so few books that have touched me deeply enough that I couldn't imagine my life without having read them: The Alchemist, The Little Prince, The Graveyard Book. And now, I add to that list The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech.

The story is simple. It goes like this: an angel lives in a tower in a small village in the Swiss Alps. This angel, he isn't sure what his purpose is. "Me, I am an angel. I am supposed to be having all the words in all the languages, but I am not. Many are missing
Shonna Froebel
Dec 02, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This lovely children's novel tells a tale of an angel who lives in an old house in a small village in Switzerland. For a long time the angel has been watching theneighbours, an old lady Signora Divino and her grandson Vinny, but not really doing that much. The angel feels like it doesn't know what it should be doing or how to do angel-like things. While it is supposed to understand all languages, it isn't really that good at them, and the words it uses aren't always right. It hasn't seen any oth ...more
Aug 23, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just don't know what to make of this book. It was equally annoying and endearing. Definitely appropriate for upper elementary, early middle school students, but the voice of the angel who narrates the story just didn't work for me. Yes, the angel's misuse and mispronunciation of certain words was occasionally humorous and I did laugh out loud at the end of the "Lizards" chapter. And, okay, the message of the book (*we need to try and understand and take care of each other*) is a powerful one t ...more
Becky Pliego

My girl and I laughed a lot while reading this book.

Hint: If you are reading it aloud, make sure to speak with an "Italian" accent.

This book brought us to discuss what the Bible teaches about real angels, which was a good thing.
Sharon Creech is a genius at capturing the beauty of intergenerational relationship in juvenile literature. The first novel I read by her convinced me of her mastery with this theme as she wove tales of an elderly couple coming alongside kids in crisis and sharing life together. I wholeheartedly recommend Creech's Walk Two Moons and Ruby Holler for adults and kids alike as very special indeed.

I was expecting just the same from Creech's latest, The Unfinished Angel, and a Newbery runner-up at tha
Mar 11, 2010 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love Sharon Creech, and have since I discovered Walk Two Moons in elementary school. I actually chose to do an artistic book report/project on it (that I did not have to do, I don't even think I got extra credit for it) because I wanted so badly to share that book with everyone. I still feel that way about that book and so many other books by Creech. I think she is a brilliant author. Sadly, this book didn't feel quite up to par with her what she's put out in the past. This book rea ...more
Mar 13, 2010 Suebee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 24, 2012 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharon Creech may be my favorite author for young people. That said, of the books of hers I’ve enjoyed, there are many I would recommend before this one. It’s a cute little story of an angel who tells it from her tower in a town in the Italian-speaking part of the Swiss mountains. The angel, who is not named, speaks in mostly English, with a smattering of Italian thrown in, and a significant amount of cleverly invented words that are sort of, but not quite, English. She is accompanied by a young ...more
Not sure about this one! Thought it was a bit confusing and didn't hold my attention. Very different kind of story!
Feb 21, 2010 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j
I am a passionate reader of Sharon Creech. Unfortunately, this tale of a bizarrely-speaking angel in Switzerland reads like a required exercise for a writers' workshop. I can't imagine any kids enjoying it, but then again, some like Tuck Everlasting and Little Women so I'll withhold judgement on that point.
Dec 02, 2015 SimoneG rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Unfinished Angel is a fabulous story. In the book the main character, an angel, tells us so much, but leaves out extra information. The angel lives inside a tower in Switzerland, and a sweet, little girl named Zola is the only person who could see the angel. This book did a fantastic job on trying to hook the reader. In the hook the angel tells how she doesn't know everything, but don't angels know everything, is this angel an unfinished angel? This book did a great job of putting in the ang ...more
I had never read anything by Sharon Creech before, and The Unfinished Angel was truly a pleasant surprise! It is an original, sweet, heart-warming tale of the best sort–a children’s story that looks at people from a different perspective, making us realize once again what it is to truly be human. It’s the sort of story that makes you value compassion once again. The characters are all well written; numerous individuals populate this short book, each with a unique story and personality. Zola is q ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Patti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read many Sharon Creech books, some of which are favorites of mine. I loved “Bloomability”, another book of hers that takes place in Switzerland. I have visited Switzerland many times and roamed its gorgeous Alps so I was really looking forward to “The Unfinished Angel”. (Plus the retired elementary school librarian in me reads many kid chapter books with the intent of possibly recommending them to classes I share books with.)

However, this one just isn’t going to make my list of Sharon C
Ellie Fater
Sharon Creech wrote a short and easy read that left me longing for a bit more depth. The language of this book reminded of The BFG by Roald Dahl, which certainly intrigued me and added humor to the story, but I am not sure it added any relevant meaning. I was also intrigued by the concepts of humans and angels and the contrast therein but again, I wish she would have extended these concepts more. On a more positive note, I like when authors present small details throughout the story that tie tog ...more
Marie Rose
Apr 23, 2016 Marie Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
I thought this book was okay. In the beginning I wasn't a fan at all but there were parts that redeemed the book for me a little bit.

My main issue was the writing. I get that this voice was specific to the angel and it was supposed to read across that way but it felt very childish and confusing to me.

There were a lot of extra characters that I wasnt sure what their relevance was and for most of the book I was confused, only brief times did I feel sympathetic towards the chapters or think somet
Jan 22, 2015 Riley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The title of this book is The Unfinished Angel. The author is Sharon Creech. This is a fantasy book. It has 164 pages. It is about an Angel that thinks they are unfinished. The angel’s name never comes up or if it is a boy or girl. So the angel is living in this tall tower. Angel can not see god or any other angels. No human can see Angel. This was until Zola moved to the angel’s tower. She could see Angel. Angel and Zola became friends, but Zola always treated Angel like a human and he didn’t l ...more
Mar 30, 2014 Josie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would it be like to be an angel? What would humans think of you? In the book "The Unfinished Angel" by Sharon Creech the angel in the tower of Casa Rosa watches over people around the castle which is in the Swiss Alps. Then Zola, a girl from America moves into the castle with her father. Zola meets the angel and has a task for her. Zola wants to save the children that are orphaned and living alone. "So much of Sharon Creech's signature humor pervades the pages that readers may not initially ...more
Laurie Arnez
Sharon Creech is one of my favorite authors - and I really wanted to love this book. It is cute and told from the angel's point of view. But is is confusing with mixed up words that would make it difficult for children to read and understand.
Clare Cannon
Feb 17, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 08-12yrs, adults
A delightfully unusual novel that sends out darts of wisdom in an unexpected way. From a little village in Switzerland it introduces a new way of looking at the world, and is written with a childish simplicity that comes straight from the heart.
Katie Kirkland
It took me a little while to get into this book. I actually found this addition with the cover a little hard to follow at first. I kept thinking that the unfinished angel was the narrator, and I kept wondering where the pigeon came in (in the final chapters). The newer edition has a picture of a girl in a tower, and I think I would have caught on a lot quicker then. According to the Fountas and Pinnell leveling site, this book is a GRL U, but I could see this being pretty challenging for many fi ...more
Dec 07, 2012 Sharyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story was too cute for me. Although, you may hear my use of 'fidgetated' sometime in the future.
Lisa the Librarian
Short and simple, but also sweet.

Narrated by the angel assigned to a little Italian village this book is a quick read. The angel has a unique way of speaking and uses some invented vocabulary that in may cases in books can become very cumbersome or annoying, in this book however it adds to the charm.

The plot and character development are a bit limited, but thinking of this more like a short story than a novel (since it is such a quick read) definitely make those elements less needed in depth.

Jun 09, 2014 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Unfinished Angel is a book about an angel who got sent down to a town in Sweden and doesn't know her purpose there. Her life is a plain life of keeping an eye on the sleepy town and visiting their tower, until one day when Zola Pomodoro and her dad move in.
Sharon Creech gave her angel a very basic vocabulary and at sometimes it was hard to read, but the more you read the easier it was to understand her language. This book is an exceptional short read and I was very satisfied with the endin
Mary Mustachio

Um... my mama raised me right in that if you don't have anything nice to say, you shouldn't say anything at all. But my mama isn't here right now, so...

This is the first review I've ever done where regardless of if the story was good or not did not factor in one bit to my end feelings for it. That's right. I'll even rephrase for clarification. Whether the story was good, bad or otherwise is a completely irrelevant factor in my ultra low rating of this book.

"What did?" one might ask.

How about the
I love Sharon Creech and I love how she writes. This book is no exception. The idea of an unfinished angel narrating the book is so unique. I loved the angel's thoughts about the world around us- "Behold the sky, pinking with morning. Behold the soft white moon going to sleep mow. Behold the blue mountains, so tall, all around us, with the white snow far up on the tops. Behold the green trees and the yellowy stone houses and the rock paths terracing up the mountainsides. Take a big gulp of air. ...more
Jan 28, 2010 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book goes down with the pleasant smoothness of a vanilla milkshake. Through the years Sharon Creech has become the unsurpassed master of distinctive voice, from Mary Lou Finney to Salamanca Tree Hiddle to Jack, but she has really outdone herself in this book! The manner of speaking that The Angel has just shouts of brilliance, or more accurately it quietly whispers it, because the presence of Sharon Creech as author is almost undetectable the whole way through. If I didn't know better, I'd ...more
A simple, sweet book told from the perspective of a good-hearted but often confused angel who's been quietly watching over a sleepy Swiss village and it's inhabitants for many years. Angel isn't exactly sure if she's doing her job correctly and worries that she may not not have gotten all the proper training, hence the feeling that maybe she's unfinished in some way. Then Zola, an American girl, arrives and suddenly Angel finds her world becoming more complicated. Zola can see her and asks all s ...more
Jan 05, 2010 Robyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
A young girl named Zola moves to a small village in the Swiss Alps where she meets an angel who lives in the tower of her casa. Together they help fix some problems that have been occurring in the village. Okay it's more like Zola telling the angel something must be done to help, though always reluctant at first the angel gives in. A quick story leaving me with many questions, but a smile as well.

Peoples are strange! The things they are doing and saying - sometimes they make no sense. Did thei
Dena (Batch of Books)
I read this book out loud to my kids each night for a week before bedtime. They loved it and would ask every night if I could read more from the angel book. It was kind of difficult to read out loud because many of the words were intentionally misspelled or sentences mixed around a bit. I wasn't sure it made any sense to my kids, but they really liked it. Once we finished, my daughter asked if we could read it again because she really loved it.

So obviously, my kids connected with it.

Dec 30, 2009 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Unfinished Angel is a very quick read. It is just 164 pages long. Yet every single page and every single word were simply a joy to read. Creech has written the most beautiful and endearing story about one Angel who is trying his/her best to protect the people in his/her care. For the purposes of the review I'm going to refer to Angel as a "he" but that is most certainly debatable. It is really hard to not give a character a gender when you're writing about them.

Angel wonders if he has been
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“Do the other angels know what they are doing? Am I the only confused one? Maybe I am unfinished, an unfinished angel.” 6 likes
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