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The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney

by Suzanne Harper

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I really enjoy Suzanne Harper's style of writing! Her characters are always quirky and a lot of fun to read. Sparrow Delaney, who lives in Lily Dale, NY, a well-known psychic community, is a liar. The seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, she's supposed to have great psychic talent--and she does, but no one knows it. No one except Sparrow (and yes, her other six sisters are all named after birds too) and her three spirit guides. When a school district rezoning gives Sparrow an opportunity to attend another high school--one where no one knows her six more than slightly offbeat older sisters, or her mother or grandmother, or the fact that all eight of them exercise some form of psychic talent--Sparrow jumps at the opportunity. Finally, her chance to be normal! Or is it? When a ghost shows up in her very first class of the year and asks for her help, she begins to have her doubts. A quick, but satisfying read--perfect to squeeze in at the end of the summer! ( )
  beckymmoe | Apr 3, 2013 |
Very cute novel that actually ends... almost everything YA has sequels nowadays! I'm glad this one has a reolution, though I do feel like the ending was a little forced, everything sped up like the author was ready to finish up already, but otherwise, it was really good. ( )
  ABookVacation | Nov 12, 2011 |
Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.com

For Sparrow Delaney, having to switch schools before starting tenth grade isn't a curse--it's a blessing. All her life she's wanted to be normal, and now that she's found a chance to start over, she's not about to let anything ruin it. But it's hard to live a normal life when your sisters, mother, and grandmother are all mediums, in contact with the spirit world, and when you live in Lily Dale, New York, a town devoted to spiritualism where seances are regular activities and everyone you meet has some affinity for the dead. It only gets harder when you hear the dead, too.

As the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, Sparrow is an exceptionally powerful medium. She's been seeing ghosts since she was five years old, and she knows her talents far surpass those of anyone else she's met. But Sparrow has always wanted more from life than being a medium, so from a young age, she's hidden her gifts, pretending that she cannot communicate with the dead at all. She sees her move to a new school as a chance to finally break away from the teasing that's always followed her, and the first step in becoming someone who has no need for annoying spirits who refuse to Move On.

Unfortunately for Sparrow, the spirits don't care too much about what she wants. On the first day of school, the spirit of a teen named Luke appears to her and urges her to help him solve the problems that are keeping him from Moving On. Sparrow ignores him at first, but Luke is more persistent than the other ghosts she's shrugged off over the years, and eventually she finds herself grudgingly listening to his story. Sparrow also has to deal with a history project partner, Will, who decides they should focus their local history report on Lily Dale and "those psychic quacks" who live there. Not to mention the continued worrying of her mother, grandmother, and sisters about her apparent lack of talents.

I came into this story less than thrilled by the premise, but I was quickly won over by Sparrow's first-person voice as she articulated all of the difficulties of being a teenage medium trying to hide her talents. The author does a good job of painting realistic--albeit quirky--relationships between Sparrow and her family members and new-found friends. The intricacies of her interactions with Luke and Will kept me wanting to know more about all of the characters involved. Even readers put off by the story's fantastic premise will be sucked into the drama of Sparrow's life and fly through the plot's twists and turns until they reach what I felt was a very satisfying conclusion. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 12, 2009 |
Her whole family has the gift for talking to spirits. The legend of the seventh daughter f a seventh daughter is the only thing that is keeping her from showing her relatives and the rest of the world that she is the best, and that she can help her best friend through some hard times. ( )
  cornpuff12 | Nov 29, 2008 |
I liked this book, but i didn't love it. It was a really cute story and i loved the ending though ( )
  hpluver07 | Mar 26, 2008 |
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In high school, the last thing you want is for people to think you talk to ghosts.

When Sparrow begins tenth grade at a huge new school full of strangers, she thinks her dreams of anonymity and a fresh start are finally coming true. No more following in her six older sisters' footsteps. No more going to class with kids who've seen her grandma doing jujitsu in the front yard next to the headstones of her four dead husbands. And no more worrying about keeping her deep, dark secret hidden.

Sparrow makes a new best friend and has her eye on an irritatingly appealing guy in her history class. She feels like she's well on her way to a normal life. But it's another boy—a dead one—who wants Sparrow's attention, and he won't let her be till she's helped him Move On.

You see, Sparrow Delaney's secret is that she's a psychic. And there's one very persistent ghost who won't let her forget it.

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In Lily Dale, New York, a community dedicated to the religion of Spiritualism, tenth-grader Sparrow Delaney, the youngest daughter in an eccentric family of psychics, agonizes over whether or not to reveal her special abilities in order to help a friend.… (more)

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