Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

By: Jonathan Auxier

When eleven-year-old chimney climber Nan Sparrow gets caught in a fire, she is saved by a mysterious creature born from the piece of coal she keeps in her pocket.

ISBN: 9781419731402

JLG Release: Dec 2018


Sensitive Areas: Harsh realities of life as a child chimney sweep; References to anti-Semitism; Allusion to suicidal thoughts
Topics: Golems , Chimney sweeps , Homeless persons , Orphans , Nineteenth-century history of Great Britain , Child labor , Poverty , Fantasy and magic , Friendship

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Awards & Honors

2019 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Finalist, Middle Reader
2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner, Older Readers
2019 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Winner
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - 2019
2018 National Jewish Book Award Finalist, Children's Literature
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Kirkus Reviews*, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*

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As a “climbing girl” in Victorian London, forced up into dangerous, narrow chimneys to sweep out the soot for her abusive master, Wilkie Crudd, Nan Sparrow leads a miserable life. But she has precious memories of the Sweep, the man who cared for her—told her stories and gave her food, made her believe in magic and kept her warm—until the mo As a “climbing girl” in Victorian London, forced up into dangerous, narrow chimneys to sweep out the soot for her abusive master, Wilkie Crudd, Nan Sparrow leads a miserable life. But she has precious memories of the Sweep, the man who cared for her—told her stories and gave her food, made her believe in magic and kept her warm—until the morning he vanished five years earlier. The Sweep left Nan two things: his hat and a small lump of heat-radiating soot she calls the “char.” One day, she gets stuck in a flue, and her nemesis Roger cruelly lights a fire to give her the “motivation” to free herself. Nan nearly dies, but when she regains consciousness, she finds that the char has saved her. The fire has awakened the soot creature; he and Nan escape from the cruel Crudd and secretly make a home in an abandoned mansion, where Nan works to protect the kind and gentle “Charlie.” As he grows to monstrous proportions, Nan must hide him from view and thus from harm, with the question always in her mind: “Had she saved Charlie? Or had Charlie saved her?” Her mudlark friend Toby tells her: “That’s how it works, doesn’t it? We are saved by saving others.” Weaving together strands of Jewish folklore (Nan calls Charlie a “soot golem”), Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, Shelley’s Frankenstein, the history of child-labor reform, and his own threads of magical realism, Auxier crafts a beautiful, hopeful story out of some ugly realities of nineteenth-century British life. anita l. burkam

Book Details

ISBN

9781419731402

First Release

December 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/6" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.5; Points: 10;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 630L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Amulet

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Harsh realities of life as a child chimney sweep; References to anti-Semitism; Allusion to suicidal thoughts

Topics

Golems, Chimney sweeps, Homeless persons, Orphans, Nineteenth-century history of Great Britain, Child labor, Poverty, Fantasy and magic, Friendship,

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