The Truth About Sparrows

Marian Hale

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"The Wynns are an unforgettable family. The details of their struggle to survive the Great Depression will linger long after the last page has been read."-Ann M. Martin, winner of the Newbery Honor for A Corner of the Universe

A stunning debut novel about
the true meaning of home

Sadie Wynn doesn't want a new life; her old one suits her just fine. But times are hard in drought-plagued Missouri, and Daddy thinks they'll be better off in Texas. Sadie hates this strange new place, where even children must work at the cannery to help make ends meet and people are rude to her disabled father.

Yet when trouble comes, it is the kindness of these new neighbors that helps the family make it through. And no one helps more than Dollie, a red-headed chatterbox of a girl who just might become a good friend-if Sadie gives her half a chance.
The Truth About Sparrows is a 2005 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Daddy drove down a dirt road between the rows of cotton and stopped in a clearing near the wagons. He talked to the boss while we waited in the car with Mama. The man had a fierce look of doubt on his face, but he soon shrugged and pointed to some buildings at the far edge of the fields. They looked like apple crates hunkered under the hot sun.

The man handed a folded stack of bags to Daddy and stood back to watch. Daddy looped the straps of each bag over his shoulder, pulled them behind him to the car, and pitched them in to Mama.

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Praise for The Truth About Sparrows

"[A] deeply affecting story . . . Hale's evocative, sure prose . . . brings alive the setting and the family's survival challenges with cinematic detail that's reminiscent of the Little House books."--Booklist, starred review

"What could have been just another surviving-the-Depression story is, instead a beautifully realized work, memorable for its Gulf Coast setting and the luminous voice of Sadie Wynn. An important addition to the genre from a new voice."--Kirkus Reviews

"Hale has created a character with a strong, lyrical voice. She describes the coastal area so vividly that Sparrows is a breath of fresh air even when it brings tears to your eyes. "--USA Today

"[T]riumphant and memorable, as is her entire family--who not only endure the Depression but emerge stronger from it."--The Horn Book

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Marian Hale

Marian Hale is the author of acclaimed historical novels for young adults including Dark Water Rising and The Goodbye Season. She lives with her husband, daughter, and grandbabies on the Texas Coast.

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, NYPLC Children's Books 100

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Square Fish
October 2007
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ISBN: 9780312371333
ISBN10: 0312371330
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 288 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 820LL
F&P Level A-Z: U
AR Quiz Number: 80141
AR Points: 8


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