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Aleutian Sparrow

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Historical verse novel falls flat despite engaging subject.

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Though not as unrelentingly depressing as the author's award-winning Out of the Dust, this book is filled with little action, little characterization, and little hope. Karen Hesse has an important story to tell, and readers may be initially drawn in by the unusual piece of history. They may also be intrigued by the free verse form. But without plot, vivid characters, or emotional power, this book is unlikely to captivate many kids.

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