Review by Corey H. ~ originally published on Library Doc
~ Young Adult Review ~
Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book – all opinions are my own.
Book Description (from Goodreads)
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.
Sparrow has always been a loner. She avoids people whenever she can. She eats lunch in a bathroom stall. She doesn’t think things will ever change. Then she meets Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian. Mrs. Wexler invites Sparrow to join her for lunch in the library. Soon there is a group of Frequent Flyers who meet daily in the library to eat lunch and read together, and Sparrow feels like she is finally part of something.
And then tragedy strikes, and Mrs. Wexler is killed in a terrible accident. Sparrow doesn’t know how to deal with the loss of her teacher, and finds herself on the top of the school roof, looking over the edge. The next thing she knows, she is in a hospital and is given mandatory therapy sessions.
Over the next few months, Sparrow learns about her fascination with birds and flying, and how to deal with the grief that has derailed her life.
This book is a beautiful exploration of grief and loss, loneliness and isolation. Even in the midst of despair, Sparrow finds hope in music and lyrics. As heavy as the story can feel, the mood is hopeful. Moon shows us that everyone feels lonely, that we never know the stories of those around us, and that music can be powerfully healing. Give this book to fans of realistic fiction, or students dealing with grief or mental health issues.
Corey H, @barrons_librarian, is a book-reading, coffee-loving middle school librarian in central PA. She reads a little bit of everything, but enjoys sci fi, thriller, and biographies more than anything else. She has a PhD in educational technology, as well as an MLS (library) and an MS (ed tech).