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Growing up in the 1920s, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson envies the birds outside her window. Her mother does not approve of Garnet climbing trees to peer into nests or any other such un-ladylike behavior. She has Garnets life all planned out: after finishing high school, shell marry and tend to the home. But when Garnet is sent away for the summer to stay with relatives in the lakeside resort town of Excelsior, Minnesota, she finds a chance to spread her wings. A newly built amusement park and roaring dance hall beckon, and her explorations land her where she least expects—in a growing relationship with a beautiful and daring flapper, Isabella.

So begins the most important summer of Garnets life. Caught between her familys expectations and her own newfound passions, she must decide whose dreams to follow. Can she seize the freedom she so admires in birds?

Molly Beth Griffin is a graduate of Hamline Universitys MFA program in writing for children and a teacher at the Loft Literary Center. She is the author of a picture book, Loon Baby. Silhouette of a Sparrow is her first novel for young adults. She lives in Minneapolis.

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"With a father haunted by his WWI service and a mother consumed with social standing, 16-year-old Garnet is eager to spend time with relatives in the resort town of Excelsior, Minn., during the summer of 1926. She soon settles into life with her snooty aunt and frosty 14-year-old cousin. Garnet is a bird lover who uses scissors to create silhouettes of the birds she sees (a 'quaint Victorian pastime,' as she puts it), but this interest masks her deeper passion for the study and protection of birds. Garnet accepts that her future is marriage, not college, at least until she meets Isabella, a dancer who shows Garnet how to follow her dreams and opens her eyes to unexpected romance. Garnet's sexual awakening is suffused with lightness and joy, and her familial and identity struggles will resonate with contemporary teens, although the ending is perhaps too neat. Picture book author Griffin's (Loon Baby) first novel for teens is laced with evocative period details that give readers a taste of what it was like to come of age during the flapper era. Ages 12 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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In the summer of 1926, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city. She dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology and visiting the famous new amusement park--a summer of fun before she returns for her final year of high school, after which shes expected to marry a nice boy and settle into middle-class homemaking. But in the country, Garnet finds herself under the supervision of equally oppressive guardians--her fathers wealthy cousin and the matrons stuck-up daughter. Only a liberating job in a hat shop, an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper, and a deep faith in her own fierce heart can save her from the suffocating boredom of traditional femininity.

Silhouette of a Sparrow is a coming-of-age story about a search for wildness in a confining time, and a simultaneous quest for security in an era full of unrest. It is the tale of a young womans discovery of the science of risk and the art of rebellion, and of course, the power of unexpected love.

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WINNER OF THE MILKWEED PRIZE FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

WINNER OF THE 2013 PATERSON PRIZE FOR BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

ALA RAINBOW LIST RECOMMENDED BOOK

AMELIA BLOOMER PROJECT LIST RECOMMENDED BOOK

LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST

MINNESOTA BOOK AWARD FINALIST

FOREWARD REVIEWS BOOK OF THE YEAR HONORABLE MENTION

In the summer of 1926, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city. She dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology and visiting the famous new amusement park--a summer of fun before she returns for her final year of high school, after which shes expected to marry a nice boy and settle into middle-class homemaking. But in the country, Garnet finds herself under the supervision of equally oppressive guardians--her fathers wealthy cousin and the matrons stuck-up daughter. Only a liberating job in a hat shop, an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper, and a deep faith in her own fierce heart can save her from the suffocating boredom of traditional femininity.

Synopsis:

“I was born blue. Life ripped me early from my safe place and thrust me into the world. It was all so astonishing that I forgot to breathe. My mother gave me life that day, but I was the one who decided to take it. I claimed it for myself.”

—from Silhouette of a Sparrow

Like the birds that young Garnet catalogs and cuts out in paper silhouettes, Molly Beth Griffins feisty narrator leaves her fledgling self behind as she spreads her wings and learns to fly. Rich in period detail, Griffin links past to present in a compelling novel that is both a love story and the tale of a budding ornithologist. Young readers will respond to Garnets need to heal her broken family, even as she struggles to follow her dreams. A fine debut novel!”

—Liza Ketchum, author of Newsgirl and Where the Great Hawk Flies

“Rich with emotion and loaded with fascinating details of the flapper era, Silhouette of a Sparrow is a wonderful novel about independence and first love.”

—Marsha Qualey, author of Come in from the Cold and Just Like That

About the Author

Molly Beth Griffin is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Grant, a graduate of Hamline University's MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and a writing teacher at the Loft Literary Center in the Twin Cities. Her first picture book, Loon Baby, came out with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2011. Silhouette of a Sparrow is her first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781571317018
Author:
Griffin, Molly Beth
Publisher:
Milkweed Editions
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 6
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With a father haunted by his WWI service and a mother consumed with social standing, 16-year-old Garnet is eager to spend time with relatives in the resort town of Excelsior, Minn., during the summer of 1926. She soon settles into life with her snooty aunt and frosty 14-year-old cousin. Garnet is a bird lover who uses scissors to create silhouettes of the birds she sees (a 'quaint Victorian pastime,' as she puts it), but this interest masks her deeper passion for the study and protection of birds. Garnet accepts that her future is marriage, not college, at least until she meets Isabella, a dancer who shows Garnet how to follow her dreams and opens her eyes to unexpected romance. Garnet's sexual awakening is suffused with lightness and joy, and her familial and identity struggles will resonate with contemporary teens, although the ending is perhaps too neat. Picture book author Griffin's (Loon Baby) first novel for teens is laced with evocative period details that give readers a taste of what it was like to come of age during the flapper era. Ages 12 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
In the summer of 1926, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city. She dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology and visiting the famous new amusement park--a summer of fun before she returns for her final year of high school, after which shes expected to marry a nice boy and settle into middle-class homemaking. But in the country, Garnet finds herself under the supervision of equally oppressive guardians--her fathers wealthy cousin and the matrons stuck-up daughter. Only a liberating job in a hat shop, an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper, and a deep faith in her own fierce heart can save her from the suffocating boredom of traditional femininity.

Silhouette of a Sparrow is a coming-of-age story about a search for wildness in a confining time, and a simultaneous quest for security in an era full of unrest. It is the tale of a young womans discovery of the science of risk and the art of rebellion, and of course, the power of unexpected love.

"Synopsis" by ,
WINNER OF THE MILKWEED PRIZE FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

WINNER OF THE 2013 PATERSON PRIZE FOR BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

ALA RAINBOW LIST RECOMMENDED BOOK

AMELIA BLOOMER PROJECT LIST RECOMMENDED BOOK

LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST

MINNESOTA BOOK AWARD FINALIST

FOREWARD REVIEWS BOOK OF THE YEAR HONORABLE MENTION

In the summer of 1926, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city. She dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology and visiting the famous new amusement park--a summer of fun before she returns for her final year of high school, after which shes expected to marry a nice boy and settle into middle-class homemaking. But in the country, Garnet finds herself under the supervision of equally oppressive guardians--her fathers wealthy cousin and the matrons stuck-up daughter. Only a liberating job in a hat shop, an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper, and a deep faith in her own fierce heart can save her from the suffocating boredom of traditional femininity.

"Synopsis" by ,
“I was born blue. Life ripped me early from my safe place and thrust me into the world. It was all so astonishing that I forgot to breathe. My mother gave me life that day, but I was the one who decided to take it. I claimed it for myself.”

—from Silhouette of a Sparrow

Like the birds that young Garnet catalogs and cuts out in paper silhouettes, Molly Beth Griffins feisty narrator leaves her fledgling self behind as she spreads her wings and learns to fly. Rich in period detail, Griffin links past to present in a compelling novel that is both a love story and the tale of a budding ornithologist. Young readers will respond to Garnets need to heal her broken family, even as she struggles to follow her dreams. A fine debut novel!”

—Liza Ketchum, author of Newsgirl and Where the Great Hawk Flies

“Rich with emotion and loaded with fascinating details of the flapper era, Silhouette of a Sparrow is a wonderful novel about independence and first love.”

—Marsha Qualey, author of Come in from the Cold and Just Like That

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