The Unfinished Angel

Book review by
Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media
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Charming and uplifting story is even great to read aloud.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value
Positive Messages

Stong messages of cooperation, caring, and acceptance.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Zola, the main character, is self-confident and compassionate. She expects the angel, and the adults of the community, to take care of the children who need it, and will not accept less from them. The adults pull together and live up to her expectations, and her parents are building a school for all the children. The angel, who only feels unfinished, is of course angelic and full of love, along with some earthly exasperation.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know this is a great book to share aloud. The main character is a great role model and there are strong messages of caring, cooperation, and acceptance.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byBooly05 January 5, 2014


Adorable relationship between a silly spunky little girl and an Angel who is feeling a bit lost. The two of them help other children in their own way.
Parent of a 8 and 8-year-old Written bylschlezinger February 17, 2011

A quiet but engaging book... read aloud for 8-10 year olds

My girls loved the book, and I enjoyed reading it aloud. We giggled at the angel's foibles with Engles (e.g, "peoples" instead of "people... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 17, 2013


I think and i'm not trying to be like bad or anything because I think that those "kids" who wrote those reviews aren't kids because a 10 yea... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 28, 2011


It is such a great story! ENGAGING STORY! I could become an advertiser for this book and earn a bunch of people to come over and read :). Thanks to Sharon Creec... Continue reading

What's the story?

There is an angel living in a Swiss village where life is quiet and good -- until a small American girl named Zola arrives with her papa. Unlike everyone else, Zola can see the angel, because she has dealt with angels before. And she has high expectations for what angels can do. When Zola discovers some homeless children who need help, Zola and the angel help each other, and help the villagers become a closer community in the process.

Is it any good?

This charming book is vintage Creech. Humor and warmth fill this story of a Swiss mountain village and its angel -- living quietly in the past while contemporary problems such as homeless children are right under their noses. The difficulties the village angel has dealing with her task (“Peoples! They are so strange! Did their brains fall out of their heads?”) lead the angel to a better understanding of life on earth. And Zola and her mama and papa also come to the village with plans to make it a better place for everyone. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the existence of angels. Can we seem them? What do they really look like? 

  •  Zola thinks she is an angel; could people be angels? Doesn’t Zola do as much good as the angel?

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