When Sparrow is found on the edge of the roof at school, they think she was going to jump. Nobody believes her when she says that she wasn’t. Sparrow loves reading & birds & everyone believed she was happy…except she wasn’t. For years she would eat lunch in the bathroom alone & she never talked to anyone. So when she is released from the hospital & put into therapy, she does start to talk. Slowly, of course, her life starts fighting to fix itself. This is a tale of music, friendship & finding yourself. I loved this book so much because Sparrow had such a unique voice. And I found myself rooting for her all the through the story. It also, made me want to jump into the book & give her a hug! That’s how full of emotions it was.
— Jenna U., Age 13
The story of a sensitive, gifted African American girl who tells us with mordant humor what it feels like to spend every day wishing so hard that you could fly away from it allSparrow has always had a difficult time making friends. She would always rather stay home on the weekends with her mother, an affluent IT executive at a Manhattan bank, reading, or watching the birds, than play 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...
About the Author
Sarah Moon is a teacher and writer. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, with her wife, Jasmine, and their dog, Otis. She is the coeditor of The Letter Q, a young adult anthology. Sparrow is her first young adult novel.