Sparrow by Sherri L. Smith

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Family sticks with family. That’s the golden rule G’ma taught Kendall. But once G’ma’s gone, Kendall has no family left—except for an aunt G’ma asked for at the end, who Kendall barely remembers. Only Aunt Janet knows what G’ma had in mind, but she never even shows up at the funeral. With child services on Kendall’s case and just 10 days to get her apartment lease renewed, Kendall sets out for Janet’s home in New Orleans to get her life in order—and her questions answered.

But what she finds are new friends, like Evie, who is confined to a wheelchair, but can sing like the women on G’ma’s old records; Miss Clare, who needs Kendall’s help as much as Kendall needs hers; and Marcus, who is younger than them all, but still knows how to get by. And when Mardi Gras arrives, with its parades and prizes and music, anything seems possible—even making a fresh start, with or without Janet.


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About Sherri L. Smith

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Sherri L. Smith's (www.sherrilsmith. com) Flygirl won the California Book Award, was a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, and is on 14 State Award Lists. Sherri lives in Sherman Oaks, California.
 
Published January 8, 2008 by Laurel Leaf. 194 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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G’ma was her family, and without her, the “apartment doesn’t feel like home anymore.” With child services threatening, Kendall discovers she has an Aunt Janet G’ma never mentioned.

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A childless shepherd and his wife adopt a baby abandoned in their lambing pen.

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Spider can mimic the sound of any bird or animal, and his affinity with creatures both wild and tame leads him into a number of quiet adventures as well as his calling as ""crowstarver"" (one whose job it is to scare off crows from newly planted fields) at Outoverdown Farm.

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But her aunt's landlady, Miss Clare, who lives with her wheelchair-bound daughter, Evie, in the adjacent apartment, offers Kendall several nights' lodging at Janet's place in return for light duties for Evie.

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The Ranting Dragon

The novel bounces between the past leading up to and through the expedition, and the future where the Father General and a few other Jesuit priests try to determine what happened on Rakhat, the alien homeworld, and if Emilio is truly guilty as accusations claim.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Kendall’s grandmother has always told her that family is everything, that family always sticks with family.

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