Sparrow (Paperback)

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When the world gets too frightening, 14-year-old Sparrow likes to fly. Her vivid daydreams of soaring over the city with the birds land her in huge trouble when she’s caught sitting on the school roof. Instantly, she’s stuck in therapy—and she’s mad. If none of the other adults in her life have ever understood her, why would a total stranger? This novel approaches anxiety, mental health care, and the struggles of being a young teen without condescension or sugarcoating, and its optimism is infectious. Recommended for any teen who doesn’t like to talk about their feelings.

From Teen Reads for Dark Times

— Kiersten


Sparrow 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781338312867
ISBN-10: 1338312863
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: February 26th, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English