Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
"This atmospheric work of historical fiction and magical realism takes place in nineteenth-century London. Narrator Sarah Coomes creates a variety of voices for the chimney sweeps - Cockney climbing kids who are the featured characters. Listeners meet Nan Sparrow, the legendary climber; a malevolent master; a soft-spoken Jewish immigrant; a gentle chimney sweep; and Charlie - Nan's 'monster'.... Coomes's monster's squeaky voice is jarring at first, but listeners will quickly discover that it fits his kind and childlike personality. Coomes's voice and Auxier's prose combine to create an immersive experience. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award." (AudioFile magazine)
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.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 14 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 25, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#20,514 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#23 in Scary Stories for Children
#50 in Children's Homelessness & Poverty Books (Books)
#74 in Historical Fiction for Children
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The story of Nan, the Sweep and her soot golem is one you won't soon forget. Its a story about parenthood but also (and maybe moreso if you're not me) friendship, child labor, death, helping others, abandonment, activism, magic, religion, hope and healing. It will touch your heart and is very hopeful and beautiful.
I've been a fan of Auxier since his first book was released. Often as I've read his stuff, I have questioned... "wow, did he just put that in a kids book? That's a little scary" or sad, or whatever and you know what, he does and it's what makes his stuff so good. It feels honest. Life can be creepy, or devastating. Books can help adults and kids alike process, celebrate, remember and hope. This is a book I'd recommend to every parent and mature kids either older (like 12), or younger ones who have known sadness/loss at too young an age. This book acknowledges grief but leaves a bit of room for magic and ends with hope. Brilliant.
Sweep is the story of Nan Sparrow, an orphaned chimney sweeper who spends her days performing a thankless — and wholly dangerous — job. After her “Sweep” leaves her, and after she almost loses her life in a chimney fire, Nan fears her days are numbered. But when she awakens in an abandoned attic and discovers a golem made of soot and ash in the room with her, she begins a new life full of hope, friendship and the courage to conquer her greatest challenges.
I love stories that teach without being didactic, ones that encourage you to make new discoveries every time you open their pages. Sweep is that and so much more - a book that tackles tough topics and follows Nan as she puts one foot in front of the other after facing so many unspeakable losses. Sweep is separated into two sections, appropriately called Innocence and Experience, and they so beautifully illuminate Nan’s journey from a guileless young child to a tween fraught with complicated questions and even more troubling realizations about society and her place within it. Why are children forced to work dangerous jobs? Why are kids losing their lives due to nothing but their unfortunate lot in life, and what on earth can she do to change it?
Simply put, Sweep is a feat. It is an adventure of the greatest kind, an ode to friendship, a discovery of self, and a testament to the power of one voice to create change. But my favorite part? Sweep excels in its exploration of “monsters,” finds tenderness in the terrifying, and combats all of our preconceived notions about the frightening things that keep us up at night. Exquisite - this masterpiece will stay with me for a long, long time.
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A timeless classic I hope my granddaughter will keep and read over and over again.I so enjoyed it and will read it again in the future.