Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Sweep: the story of a girl and her monster by Jonathan Auxier

Sweep: the story of a girl and her monster by Jonathan Auxier. 368 p. Amulet Books/ Abrams, September 25, 2018. 9781419731402.

Publisher synopsis: Meet Nan Sparrow. She's a ten-year-old orphan who works as a "climbing boy," the term given to children who risked their lives to assist chimney sweeps in 19th-century England. Nan learned the ins and outs of chimney sweeping at her father's side, but he has "disappeared," and though Nan's work is brutal and dangerous, she holds out hope for her father's eventual return.

When Nan's most treasured possessions end up in a fireplace, she unwittingly creates a golem made up of all her favorite things. She names him Charlie, and the two become fast friends. Together, they make their home in an abandoned attic. But one of Charlie's "ingredients" is a twelve-month calendar, and the clock is ticking. Will Nan have to say goodbye to her only companion and come to terms with the fact that her father might never be coming home?

By one of today's most powerful storytellers, The Soot Golem is a move about the everlasting gifts of friendship and hope.

Wait, The Soot Golem? I copied and pasted the synopsis from BN and noticed this. And what is it? a book or a movie? Hm, typo of some sort. 

I kind of like that title too. I adored Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes and was totally creeped out by The Night Gardener. Somehow, I never got around to reading Sophie Quire. Remedying that right now as I'm reading it with my ears. 

I learned of this on Fuse #8 in early April. There's a link to a video of the author talking about the book there. 

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