Family sticks with family. That’s the golden rule G’ma taught Kendall. But once G’ma’s gone, Kendall has no family left—except for an aunt G’ma asked for at the end, who Kendall barely remembers. Only Aunt Janet knows what G’ ma had in mind, but she never even shows up at the funeral. With child services on Kendall’s case and just 10 days to get her apartment lease renewed, Kendall sets out for Janet’s home in New Orleans to get her life in order—and her questions answered.
But what she finds are new friends, like Evie, who is confined to a wheelchair, but can sing like the women on G’ma’s old records; Miss Clare, who needs Kendall’s help as much as Kendall needs hers; and Marcus, who is younger than them all, but still knows how to get by. And when Mardi Gras arrives, with its parades and prizes and music, anything seems possible—even making a fresh start, with or without Janet.
“Somebody’s singing the blues.”
PRAISE FOR SPARROW
“A moving story that rings true.”
“This is a touching novel of a teen left behind by circumstance and a relative who fails her.”
–School Library Journal
“…the warm characters redefine what family means.”
“Smooth dialogue and prescient details… the New Orleans setting predominates: the Café du Monde, shotgun shacks, the Mississippi and Mardi Gras add gritty verve.”
AWARDS AND HONORS FOR SPARROW
New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age 2006
2009 Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice Award Nominee
NCSS-CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies 2006