Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
By Jonathan Auxier
Publisher: Amulet Books Copyright Year: 2018 ISBN/ISSN: 9781419731402
Jonathan Auxier weaves a magical spell that draws readers right into the stark, gritty streets of Victorian London and the dangerous world of the chimney sweeps and their climbing boys—typically young orphans small enough to climb up the chimneys to clean flues. Eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow is one of the best of these climbing boys despite the fact she is a girl. Nan has survived the last six years as an indentured servant after being left by her beloved guardian, the Sweep. She carries a small lump of coal that mysteriously retains heat as the sole memento of earlier, treasured times. This lump of coal ends up saving Nan's live after a very close call in a fire. The fire brings the lump of coal to life and Charlie is born. Nan learns that Charlie is a Golem, brought to life to protect her. Nan and Charlie share a very special bond that is mystical and heartwarming as they face the dangers of life on the streets of 19th-century London. Readers will be entranced with Charlie, who approaches the world with a sense of wonder and curiosity. The story is all about love and relationships, between Nan and Charlie, Nan and the Sweep, and Nan and the very special friends she makes along the way. This blend of history with fantasy provides a window into the very harsh truths about child labor and the lives of impoverished orphans, set alongside the wonder of Charlie and the good in human nature.
Reviewer: Terry Roper
Rating: Highly Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): 3-5
Review Date: January 1, 2019
When Nan gets stuck in a chimney fire, she fears the end has come. Instead, she wakes to find herself unharmed in an abandoned attic. And she is not alone. Huddled in the corner is a mysterious creature—a golem—made from soot and ash.
Sweep is the story of a girl and her monster. Together, these two outcasts carve out a new life—saving each other in the process. Lyrically told by one of today's most powerful storytellers, Sweep is a heartrending adventure about the everlasting gifts of friendship and wonder.
Media Type Book, eBook
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC) 3-5
Sub-Genre Historical Fiction
Content Subject 1 Sorcery & Magic
Content Subject 2 Friends, Peers, Family & Growing Up
Time Period 19th century
Story: Character Centered
Entry ID: 2184753