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Review: The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney by Suzanne Harper

Posted on: February 20, 2009

I see dead people; don’t tell my crazy family.

Sparrow Delaney, the 7th daughter of a 7th daughter can see, smell, and hear dead people, a fact she desperately tries to hide from her eager, psychic-filled family. Ignoring her gift reaches it’s height of difficulty when she starts receiving messages from a very persistent ghost. Sparrow is forced to decide between protecting her secret or helping a friend in need.

The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney is a fun book that combines mystery, a little romance, and a traditional coming of age tale. Sparrow is highly likable as a character and as narrator. She’s well-developed and her portrayal is believable and honest. Other characters, mainly her 6 sisters, are not as well developed, and their personalities are basically dictated by their names (all 7 sisters are names after birds). This is a slight weakness, but does not distract from the many strengths of the novel. This is Sparrow’s novel, and her immense likability is what I imagine will win most readers over.

I’d recommend The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney even to those that do not enjoy paranormal plots, as there is much more to this novel than just ghost and seances.

Rating: 4 spirit guides out of 5.

Challenges:
Book #1 for the YA Challenge

The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney by Suzanne Harper
Reading level:
Young Adult
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 27, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0061131601

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2 Responses to "Review: The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney by Suzanne Harper"

[…] The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney by Suzanne Harper […]

Now this book is added on to my YA to be read list. Thanks for the review!

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