Silhouette of a sparrow

by Griffin, Molly Beth.

Format: Print Book 2012.
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Griffin
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Fiction
 
Call Number  TEEN FICTION Griffin
 
 
Summary
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 she's 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 father's wealthy cousin and the matron's 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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Because of her father's emotional illness, 16-year-old Garnet is sent to spend the summer of 1926 with wealthy relatives at a resort hotel in Excelsior, Minnesota. There, despite her relatives' snobbish disapproval, she takes a job in a milliner's shop where she meets the beautiful Isabella, a flapper and dancer at the local dance hall. The two girls quickly (too quickly?) fall in love and begin a secret relationship. In addition to her love for Isabella, Garnet's other great passion is birds; she longs to go to college to study science and perhaps become a field biologist. Her mother has other, more traditional plans for her future, however. Which path will Garnet pick, and what will happen to her relationship with Isabella? Griffin does a nice job with her period setting, and although Garnet's relatives are stock types, Isabella is a fully realized character, and the girls' relationship is tenderly and touchingly realized. There are some contrivances (a fire may be too convenient), but otherwise the book is a pleasant and diverting read.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Feminism -- Fiction.
Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Lesbians -- Fiction.
Ornithology -- Fiction.
Excelsior (Minn.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher Minneapolis, Minn. :Milkweed Editions,2012.
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 189 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781571317018 (hbk. : alk. paper)
1571317015 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9781571317049 (pbk. : alk. paper)
157131704X (pbk. : alk. paper)
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