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 are turned 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 28mm | 280g
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • London, United States
  • English
  • 0316450901
  • 9780316450904
  • 2,346,805

Review quote

Will stick with the reader long after they are finished.
--School Library Connection
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About Kurt Kirchmeier

Kurt Kirchmeier is a Saskatchewan-based writer who has always been drawn to books with heart and a strong sense of mystery and wonder. He has a soft spot for speculative fiction and coming-of-age stories. When he isn't reading or writing, he enjoys spending time outdoors and connecting with nature. He's an avid photographer, and has a particular fondness for birds.
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Rating details

306 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
5 22% (68)
4 36% (111)
3 26% (79)
2 12% (37)
1 4% (11)
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