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The absence of sparrows / by Kurt Kirchmeier.

Kirchmeier, Kurt, author. (Author).
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Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library J KIR (Text) 33500013066493 New Available -
Climax Public Library J KIR (Text) 33500013066485 New Available -
Godel Memorial-Warren Library j KIR (Text) 35500006179020 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316450928
  • ISBN: 0316450928
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York ; Little, Brown and Company, 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: Eleven-year-old bird watcher Ben must defy his brother to save their father after the glass plague sweeps through their town and a voice on the radio demands the simultaneous shattering of all plague victims.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2
    Kirchmeier's debut middle-grade novel is an eerie slow burn that will leave readers distraught but satisfied. During a routine rooftop seedpod-propeller-dropping competition between 11-year-old amateur birdwatcher Ben and his older brother, the sky suddenly darkens and the power goes out in their small town of Griever's Mill. When the sky clears slightly, the town realizes, to its horror, that two of its citizens have been turned into what appears to be glass. When they turn on the news, they realize that this phenomenon is occurring all over the world. As more and more people turn into glass and sometimes shatter, Ben notes that the local sparrows seem to have disappeared, as if they sensed what was going to happen. What follows is a tense narrative that is tough to define as any one genre, as the world determines a supernatural cause for the phenomenon and prepares a solution. This gripping novel trusts its young readers to handle a conclusion that raises more questions than it answers. Grades 3-6. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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.

Subject: Family life > Fiction.
Brothers > Fiction.
Epidemics > Fiction.
Birds > Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General.

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