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sparrowSparrow Delaney is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter and is supposed to be the best medium Lily Dale has ever seen.  And she is.  Except nobody knows it.  Wanting to just be “normal” she keeps the fact she talks to ghosts a secret from her family and friends.  Then she begins to talk to Luke, a cute boy about her age.  He won’t leave her alone until she helps him. 

Sparrow has also started a new school.  She wants to get out of Lily Dale, a town of mediums which actually exists.  At her new school she meets Jack, another cute boy who is very much alive.  Her and Jack are paired up to do a history project together on the town of Lily Dale, a subject Sparrow nows all to much about.

I would describe The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney as a supernatural comedy.  The descriptions of Sparrow’s family of six sisters (all named after birds) and her grandmother are priceless and made me wish the author included more of them.   Sparrow goes through life trying to ignore the ghosts who come to here and this also makes for some very humorous situations.

Sparrow must learn to use her gifts and help her friend even if it means admitting who she is to the world.  Entertaining and fun but not as creepy as I initially hoped for still worth the read.








I am excited to be a part of a reading challenge that is being hosted here. The challege is to read 4 books in the following categories by October 31st!




Dark Fantasy.




I love reading scary books this time of year and apparently I am not alone. Here is a reading list related to these themes that have been published for children and teens.  I can’t wait to get started. I will be trying to read atleast 4 on this list.  I’m cheating a little because I’ve been reading two of them on the list already.  I know that if I want my children to be readers they have to see me read! This is a wonderful way to get yourself motivated to read if y0u aren’t already a reader!

Children’s Books

Revenge of the Witch Series

The Seer of Shadows by Avi

Ghosthunters Series by Cornelia Funke

Teen Books

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney by Suzanne Harper

The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

Ruined: a Ghost Story by Paula Morris

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


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  • Amber: Thanks for sharing my blog with your readers! You summed up the reason for the name better than I've been able to :) Good luck in the giveaway!
  • Musing: I wasn't able to finish Twilight myself, but I'm always glad to hear of young people being turned on to reading. :)
  • juliannahelt: I forgot about Twelve Hats for Lena. It is a great book! Thanks for mentioning it.