Friday, August 3, 2018

Friday Memes: Sweep: the story of a girl and her monster by Jonathan Auxier

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Sweep: the story of a girl and her monster by Jonathan Auxier. 260 p. Amulet Books/ Abrams, September 25, 2018. 9781419731402. (Arc courtesy of publisher.)

Publisher synopsis: For nearly a century, Victorian London relied on “climbing boys”—orphans owned by chimney sweeps—to clean flues and protect homes from fire. The work was hard, thankless, and brutally dangerous. Eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow is quite possibly the best climber who ever lived—and a girl. With her wits and will, she’s managed to beat the deadly odds time and time again. But when Nan gets stuck in a deadly chimney fire, she fears her time has come. Instead, she wakes to find herself in an abandoned attic. And she is not alone. Huddled in the corner is a mysterious creature—a golem—made from ash and coal. This is the creature that saved her from the fire.

Sweep is the story of a girl and her monster. Together, these two outcasts carve out a life—saving one another in the process. By one of today’s most powerful storytellers, Sweep is a heartrending adventure about the everlasting gifts of friendship and hope.

First Line: There are all sorts of wonderful things a person might see very early in the morning.

Page 56: "Roger!" Nan shouted. "Roger, no-" Her cries were cut off by a hollow whoof as the match hit the coals. Air was drawn down through the chimney, like a beast drawing a deep breath.

I did not read Auxier's debut, The Night Gardener when it first came out because I don't like horror. I thoroughly enjoyed Peter Nimble, so I got The Night Gardener on audio and fell in love in spite of my scaredy-cat ways. I was entranced by Sophie Quire and psyched when I learned of Sweep!


  1. I' sucked right in!! Happy weekend!

  2. This sounds so interesting, the cover is pretty neat too. Did you do a review on his debut novel? How did you like it? I can't wait to see your review for this book!

    Here is mine:

  3. Sweep sounds interesting. Enjoy your current read!

  4. Happy Friday!

    Ooh, looks cute!

    Hallie @ Book by Book

  5. The quotes sound good, more hopeful than horror?

  6. Sweep sounds kind of good, but I don't do horror. See what we are featuring at Girl Who Reads

  7. I think I'll have to look for this one. Thanks for sharing. :)

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