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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  787 ratings  ·  163 reviews
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
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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jv poore
I never imagined that anyone could capture, then convey the desperate isolation of an outsider-always-looking-in. Ms. Moon makes it so real that one evening while reading, my eyes were all leaky and my nose wouldn’t stop sniffling. My husband asked if it was the pollen or a really sad book. It was not the pollen.

Which is not to say that Sparrow is dreary or depressing. We just meet Sparrow at a tough time.

Accepting that she will never fit in with other students, staying under the radar of teache
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amazing. Gorgeous. Painful. Wonderful debut. Only reason it wasn’t 5 stars was because the music camp was a little deus ex machina for me- a little too convenient. But otherwise absolutely stellar. The narration and the characters were incredibly good. Including one of the best fictional therapists ever. I fell in love with Sparrow immediately and felt a strong connection to her 15 year old angst. Hope Moon writes more-I’ll be first in line. Turns out she’s the author Amy Bloom’s daughter. Thank ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade-ya
"That's when I saw them, a handful of kids scattered around the library on rugs, lying in pairs or off in a corner by themselves on a mat, piles of books beside them. It was the first time I ever wanted to join anything."

"I keep waiting to feel ready to get up, and then it hits me—I'm not going to be ready. I'm going to have to do this without being ready."
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De 14-jarige Merel wordt van het dak van haar school geplukt. Waarom? Ze weigert hierover te praten. Merel was tevreden met haar overzichtelijke leven. Thuis was het fijn bij haar moeder, ze las veel, keek veel naar vogels en droomde van vliegen. School was te doen zolang ze uit de buurt bleef van haar klasgenoten. Haar wereld wordt op haar kop gezet door een onverwachte gebeurtenis.
Langzaam komt Merel er achter, met hulp van haar psycholoog dokter Katz, dat er ook een muzikale manier is om haar
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read in an afternoon and I absolutely loved it. Sparrow deals with tough topics regarding mental health, but it is perfectly balanced with the main character's wit and candor. A must-have for upper middle school and high school book shelves.
Suzi Evelyn
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
MY Summary of the book:
SPARROW was found on the ledge of the roof of her school. She says she wasn't going to kill herself, but then what was she going to do? She won't say. After being released from the hospital and as she is forced to go to school again, she tries to repeat what she tried to do on the roof; she's been doing it for years. But it isn't suicide. No, it's a way to escape middle school and the terribleness that comes with being excruciatingly shy and a total bookworm.

Sparrow is suc
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the free review copy of his book – all opinions are my own.

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 i
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, ya-fiction
Beautiful cover for a beautiful story.

Warning - it starts out slow and you're not sure you're going to get out of Sparrow's funk. But ultimately, this is a beautiful story of a young girl's navigation from fear and walling up to life.
Kathy Mathey
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an important book ~ introspective, courageous, and timely.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Solid 3.5! Who names their kid Sparrow? In a way it’s fitting because when she was born, she was tiny and brown. But if destiny is in a name, then this child was born to fly, no, make that soar.

And so, Sparrow’s story is both sad and uplifting all at once.

She’s singular in that she likes to be alone, kind of like birds. Those moments when she imagines flying are pure and beautiful.

But life is on the ground, and getting Sparrow to see that is a feat in itself.

This book had so many contrasts for
Samantha Lizzio
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a beautiful debut. I felt Sparrows pain throughout the pages and I could definitely tell the author cares so much for her main character and may have had similar experiences as Sparrow. I enjoyed reading through Sparrow's therapy sessions; I felt Sarah captured what it's like to begin going to weekly talk therapy sessions especially when you've just started to feel like your mind needs a little help.

As someone with a mental illness, I am pleased more authors are having the courage t
Read InAGarden
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sparrow is the quiet, shy kid we all know. Instead of being present for the cutting remarks of classmates, she imagines that she flies away with birds. After being labeled as a suicide risk, Sparrow must learn how to navigate her social anxiety without escaping reality. An introspective and well written book.
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great story that I could relate to more than I thought! A young girl who has always hid within herself, never making friends. A great story for anyone, but especially a shy person who is trying to find their place in this mess of a world.
Elise (TheBookishActress)
I might actually put this on hold soon because I am so not in the mood for dark contemporary, but if you're in the mood for dark contemporary that's vaguely middle grade / YA, please pick this up. I'm 60 pages in and it's quite well-done.
Ashley Fitzpatrick
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
A delightful YA novel with an interesting... well I can’t call it a twist... But an interesting spin. It’s an incredibly thoughtful look at mental health among young people, especially young black teenagers who do not often find themselves at the centre of these stories.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was really well done. Hit hard on some hard hitting issues and really struck home in a lot of places. Very realistic recovery and I loved loved loved Sparrow's descriptions of people, especially Doctor Katz.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
It me.

Ok, not totally, but every time Sparrow explains why she can't talk, or tell her mom or therapist something, it resonated with me. What a great book. What a brave book.
Vivek Tejuja
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
As an introvert, Sparrow’s life has not been easy. She has been prone to reading and being by herself, which isn’t a bad thing at all. She prefers watching birds, and spending time with her high-flying mother, who is an IT executive at a Brooklyn bank. She has no friends and her world is limited to books and her teacher, Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian. She is the perfect friend Sparrow has – she doesn’t speak much and knows exactly what book Sparrow will like next. Till tragedy takes place an ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, music, review-group
A good bridge between middle grade and YA. Sparrow's journey is guided throughout by therapy, and it's portrayed in a very positive light. The book is divided into 3 parts, and the third part, where she goes to a sleepaway rock camp, threw my reading groove for a while because it was a bit unexpected. I really enjoyed how the book references books and songs straight forwardly. I hate when books pussyfoot around naming something by referencing lyrics or hinting around at plot lines or whatever. T ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up because of its beautiful cover. I didn't put it down because of its intriguing characters, unique voice, and natural flow. Sparrow is a "blerd"--a black girl nerd--with a LOT of social anxiety. This anxiety cripples her from building relationships and allows her to escape by "flying" away with the birds in her mind. Over the course of the story, her therapist, her librarian, her mom, and some potential friends help her heal and learn to be vulnerable. It is beautiful, relat ...more
Megan Breon
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book took a little while for me to really get into it but once your in, your in.This book is a great one that really helps to show what teenagers really go through. Its a great book about a girl named Sparrow trying to find herself, and things that make her happy
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. review to come
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an emotional read for me. I wasn’t expecting his novel to pull me and move me like it did.

The story begins with fourteen-year-old Sparrow in a psych hospital ward. Sparrow claims that it wasn’t suicide that led her to the ledge on the school’s roof but she won’t tell anyone what she was doing there. It isn’t until she is deep into her therapy sessions that she starts to open up about what is really going on in her life.

Sparrow has only been going to this school for a few years and lite
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Sometimes I wake up around four thirty, when the sun is just starting to come up and my neighborhood is this weird pink that doesn’t seem to fit the city streets and building-block houses or the traffic, and I look out the window and want with everything I’ve got to be up in the air just one more time. I’m not trying to fly away from anything, I’m really not, but when you spend your whole life wrapped in blue, wind at your back, sun-soaked and soaring, it’s hard to settle for just walking aroun ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
#partner #kidlitexchange ✨Book Review! Thank you @kidlitechange for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Sparrow an eighth grader from Brooklyn, New York is a bird, and not only by name. Having trouble making friends and trying to avoid the awkward moments that come when in the presence of others, Sparrow often finds herself checking out. During these moments Sparrow’s mind transforms her into a feathered friend and she’s able to escape it all. That is until someone finds h ...more
Carolyn Carpenter
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Summary: When Sparrow is found in the edge of a roof at school, it is automatically assumed that she was trying to kill herself. But she wasn't. Sparrow was flying with the birds, her way of spacing out. Sparrow is sent to see a therapist who introduced her to female rock-n-roll groups. Through this music, Sparrow truly soars. In this coming-of-age story, Sparrow learns to go out of her comfort zone and to be her real self.

My thoughts: I really liked it. Sarah Moon gave Sparrow a nice voice and
A really lovely coming of age story presented in a realistic, authentic manner. there is lots to love here and any youth with issues of shyness, social anxiety or lack of confidence will be able to relate
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read anything that moved me this much in a long time. The books connected with me in so many ways- my love of reading & music, my work with adolescents, & my life as a mother. The voice of young Sparrow is powerful, honest and alive. The book is written beautifully, the characters are true and the story captured me from the first to last page. I recommend it to everyone.
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Sarah Moon is a teacher, writer, and translator. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
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