Why go all the way to Sparrow Road just for Mama to cook for artists and writers this summer, Raine wonders. She’d rather stay with Grandpa Mac at his store in the city, in the apartment that they all share, with her 6th grade friends.
And when odd Viktor tells her the rules at the artists’ retreat! No television, no telephones! No talking before supper time, no visiting the workshops, no disturbing the artists in their rooms in the mansion! Thank goodness for a cute cottage to stay in and the countryside to explore.
Happily, Josie the fabric artist and Diego the sculptor and Lillian the poet are glad to see them, sharing time and memories with Raine. From the mansion’s tower, she and Diego can see for miles, while the narrow beds and drawings and small toys that Raine and Josie find in the attic hint at the stories left behind from Sparrow Road’s earlier years as an orphanage.
Raine suspects that Mama has brought her to Sparrow Road to meet someone. As she daydreams and begins to write the orphans’ stories, she wonders if she’s here to meet a long-lost relative in the nearby town. Could she even hope that it’s the father she’s never seen?
A summer for uncovering stories, discovering histories, and recovering memories – come along with Raine to Sparrow Road.
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA