What is Mrs. K. reading today?
I’m reading a YA novel called Sparrow Road by Sheila O’Connor. Twelve year old Raine must spend an entire summer at Sparrow Road, a remote and scenic getaway for artists. Raine’s mother accepted a job as a maid and cook in the main house for the summer so Raine has no choice but to follow. Mysteries abound at Sparrow Road as Raine meets the artists in residence and learns that the old mansion they live in was once an orphanage. No one may talk during the day at Sparrow Road. In the beginning Raine resents this rule. When she begins to write in a journal, however, she discovers that her creative mind thrives in this foreign environment where there are no televisions, telephones, or radios of any kind. A former orphan resident mysteriously replies to the questions Raine asks about the orphanage in her journal. Is he a ghost?
These and other questions have yet to be answered as I have only read a third of the book. Sparrow Road sounds like a marvelous retreat for writing. I think I could handle the no talking during the day rule, but no phones at all?… This book is full of secrets, and I love a good mystery. The possibility of ghosts is an added bonus!
I am currently entertaining a new story character. She is slowly evolving, and I know she will soon reveal her story to me. She is strong and resilient, this much I know. She also has a name, but I’m not telling!