Keeping Safe the Stars by Sheila O'Connor

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...at a slow-paced 297 pages, is long for a ­middle-grade novel without a complex narrative, and O’Connor’s otherwise graceful prose falls victim to a literary tic of writing in abrupt fragments...
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When crisis hits, a young girl becomes the only one left to take care of her family

Pride, Nightingale and Baby are the Stars. Orphaned and living with their grandfather, Old Finn, in rural Minnesota, the children, like their grandfather, are wary of outsiders. They believe, as Old Finn taught them, in self-reliance.

But then Old Finn falls seriously ill and is taken to the hospital all the way in Duluth, leaving the children to fend for themselves. Pride, as oldest, assumes the lead. Though she makes mistakes, she keeps them afloat; they even earn money for the bus trip to Duluth. But when they finally see Old Finn, he can't walk or even say his own name, and Pride knows her days of keeping safe the Stars are drawing to a close. Self-reliance can't make Old Finn well again. But maybe, just maybe, a secret from Old Finn's past might make a way for them to stay together after all.

A poignant story about family and love, Sheila O'Connor has delivered another extraordinary and mesmerizing tale.
 

About Sheila O'Connor

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Sheila O'Connor (www.sheilaoconnor.com) lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sparrow Road is her debut work for children.
 
Published October 11, 2012 by Puffin Books. 305 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Whitney Joiner on Nov 09 2012

...at a slow-paced 297 pages, is long for a ­middle-grade novel without a complex narrative, and O’Connor’s otherwise graceful prose falls victim to a literary tic of writing in abrupt fragments...

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