The Absence of Sparrows

The Absence of Sparrows

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Stranger Things meets Alfred Hitchcock in this haunting coming-of-age novel about a plague that brings the world to a halt, and one boy's belief that his town's missing sparrows can save his family.

In the small town of Griever's Mill, eleven-year-old Ben Cameron is expecting to finish off his summer of relaxing and bird-watching without a hitch. But everything goes wrong when dark clouds roll in.

Old Man Crandall is the first to change--human one minute and a glass statue the next. Soon it's happening across the world. Dark clouds fill the sky, and, at random, people turn into frozen versions of themselves. There's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no one knows how to stop it.

With his mom on the verge of a breakdown, and his brother intent on following the dubious plans put forth by a nameless voice on the radio, Ben must hold out hope that his town's missing sparrows will return with everyone's souls before the glass plague takes them away forever.

Title:The Absence of Sparrows
Edition Language:English
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    The Absence of Sparrows Reviews

  • Stefanie

    A thrilling story that will grab you from the very first page! The story begins with Ben and his brother , climbing onto the roof of their uncle’s garage for their regular seedpod tossing competitio...

  • Shauna Holyoak

    This book was stunning, in content and prose. You don't see many truly frightening, horror middle-grade novels, and this definitely qualifies. But beyond being a scary apocalyptic novel, this book tak...

  • Belles Middle Grade Library

    Wow! This book will make you THINK!! About life, death, heaven, hell, angels, demons, God, Devil, the universe, meaning of life, & birds. lol I learned so many amazing things about so many kinds of bi...

  • Josh

    I read a lot of middle grade fiction, and THE ABSENCE OF SPARROWS isn't just one of my favorite middle grade books of 2019, it's one of my favorites of any year. Typically I choose my middle grade rea...

  • Mrs. Branscome

    As I still process this book, I enjoy the concept and know my students will be frustrated with a fuzzy ending. Sometimes they need a fuzzy ending. This is one of those books that when you apply your o...

  • Darby Karchut

    Holy moly, did I love this story! The whole creepy, atmospheric Twilight Zone meets Alfred Hitchcock vibe kept me turning the pages as fast as I could. I read it along with my middle school book club ...

  • Kristen

    This reads like a kids' version of a Stephen King novella... something like The Langoliers or The Mist....

  • Sandy

    This book explores some deep issue regarding human existence, religion and science in an accessible and layered way. I found the family dynamics, especially the relationship between Peter and Ben, eng...

  • Serena Powell

    *I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.)What started out as a rather interesting book, very quickly became a horrible car crash that there wasn't any r...

  • Kerry Johnson

    (Review from my son)I'm 14, and I enjoy stories that deal with an ordinary person suddenly uprooted and throw into an extraordinary situation. An Absence of Sparrows not only accomplishes this in an e...