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*Sparrow* by Sherri L. Smith- young adult book review
 
Sparrow
by Sherri L. Smith
Grades 710 192 pages Delacorte July 2006 Hardcover    

Kendallís grandmother has always told her that family is everything, that family always sticks with family. Itís important for her to remember that, because Grandmother is all the family Kendall has left.

Kendallís parents and her baby brother died in a car crash when Kendall was just four years old. When Kendall survived the crash, she was taken in and raised by her grandmother. Now, after Grandmotherís stroke, seventeen-year-old Kendall must be the caretaker, preparing meals and taking care of her grandmotherís needs. She is often late for school and her grades have taken a dive.

When her grandmother has a second stroke and dies in the hospital, Kendall is thrown into a downward spiral as she seeks to find a way to survive on her own. She has suddenly discovered an Aunt Janet who she never knew who is her legal godmother and can help her deal with child services and the school, but she has to find her first.

Her search takes her to New Orleans, where she will find not only Aunt Janet but friendship, loyalty and a sense of family that comes from the oddest places. This is a great story for early teens about self-reliance and looking past the faÁade. It teaches us that everyone is hurting and everyone can be a doctor if we just listen and care.

This story has great potential for book club use with discussions about family, independence, government services and friendship.
 
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