Sparrow Road

By:Courtney Green

Theme

If you want to accomplish something, don't give up just keep trying.

Some examples from the book are when Raine and Lillian were inviting people to the Arts Extravaganza, but the didn't have Viktor's permission to have it, but that didn't stop them from inviting people. Another example is when Raine wanted to meet her dad she kept asking her mom if she could and didn't stop till she go to meet him.

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Main Character

-Raine O’Rourke, is a 12-year-old girl, who grew up with her mother and Grandpa (Grandpa Mac) in Milwaukee. She never really knew her family,such as her father (which is one of the main topics of Sparrow Road.) Raine has pitch black hair and dark eyes. She never got to know her father, only one time when she was still months old.


- Molly O’Rourke, is the mother of Raine, she is very young. She has long, red-ish hair with light blue eyes. She is also daughter of Grandpa Mac. She met Grey James when she was still a singer and played the guitar in the streets.

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Minor Characters

-Viktor Berglund, Raine believes that Viktor was one of the orphans who lived at Sparrow Road. Viktor is a tall man which is also skinny. Raine doesn't really like him because he seems like those people who are all cold.

-Grey James, is also a musician. He writes music and plays guitar. That is the reason why he met Molly, Raine’s mom, she also played music. He has dark eyes, just like Raine’s.

-Grandpa Mac, Molly’s father, Raine’s grandfather. He doesn't really like Grey James because of the things he did on the past with Molly and Raine. He is a big man with short hair, and almost bald in the top of his head.

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Artist at Sparrow Road

-Josie, is a very hyper person. She wears colorful clothes with very bright colors. She is Raine’s favorite artists, and one of her best friends also. She is always wanting to give a party and bring Sparrow Road to life.

-Lillian, was a very old lady who was a poet. She had grey, almost white hair that came down a little bit past her shoulders, and blue eyes like the ocean. She wrote beautiful poetry at Sparrow Road, and Raine believed she had something to do with the Orphans that used to live at Sparrow Road.

-Diego, is also a very nice friend. Diego liked Molly, so he is always trying to please her and making her happy. Diego treats Raine as if he was her father, so that is why both, Raine and Molly like Diego. Diego is also a painter, so he is always trying to find objects to make different art.

-Eleanor, is a writer who is always complaining who Raine talks the whole day, which distracts Eleanor. Eleanor is also a mom, so in the deep she really cares for Raine and always wants her to be safe.

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Exposition

During the exposition, Raine and her mother are introduced, which are the main characters. Some minor characters such as Viktor and some artists are also introduced. The setting is also described and set to the reader. It’s starts when Molly gets a job at Sparrow Road, an old pink house in Michigan. Raine complains about Sparrow Road, at it’s rules (no talking until supper, except Sunday). Raine also starts suspecting Viktor, he seems kind of mysterious.

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Rising Action

Raine discover that her father is in the town that is down the hill from the pink mansion, Comfort. She wants to discover more about Sparrow Road, and try to run away and her father. Josie also gives an idea of having a party or an event (such as the Arts Extravaganza) at Sparrow Road, and bringing life to Sparrow Road. Viktor doesn't agree on having a party/Arts Extravaganza at Sparrow Road, and neither does Eleanor.

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Climax

The Annual Arts Extravaganza at Sparrow Road finally came. Gray James is invited and he goes and meets Raine and “re-meets” Molly. Grandpa Mac also goes visit Molly and Raine at Sparrow Road, and isn’t very pleased with the participation of Gray James.

Grey James also talked to Raine about the bad things he did in the past, such as the time he had serious smoking problems, and that was one of the reasons he had to leave Molly and Raine.

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Falling Action

Raine met Grey James and knows what he’d been through without her mother, Molly. They got an opportunity to meet each other more. Gray told Raine all about his life and what happened, and so did Raine about hers. After the Arts Extravaganza, it is almost time for Raine and Molly to leave. Grey asked Raine if she would be interested in staying and living at Comfort with Grey. One day Raine runs away and thinks about Grey’s proposal and decides what she’ll do.

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Conclusion-

Raine and her mother, Molly, go back to Milwaukee. Raine made great memories and thank everybody for everything. Raine and Josie, one of the artist at Sparrow Road, discovers the mysteries from the orphans and Sparrow Road. She leaves Grey James behind and he promises they will still keep in touch.


Conflict

The conflict is introduced with the raising action. The conflict would be the relationship between Raine and her father, Grey James and also the mystery of the orphans. Raine really wants to meet Grey James, but at the same time she doesn't want to meet Grey and is scared of meeting him. Also, Grandpa Mac doesn't want Raine to meet Grey because of the things he did in the past to Molly. But Raine doesn't know about those things.

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Dialogue

Some dialogue from the story from Grey when he was talking to Raine about how when she was little he had a lot of addictions and her mother said that he can't see Raine if he isn't sober. Grey told Raine, "I had a drinking problem. A big, big problem. I wasn't really fit to be a father." Another example is when Raine was leaving Sparrow Road and she had to say good-bye to her new friends she made. She said that she would miss Lillian and Grey the most and she even told them,"Lillian and Grey.All of it. I have to say good-bye."

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Figurative, Sensory, and description language

In the book Sparrow Road, there are many examples or figurative language. One example is at the part where Raine just arrived at Sparrow Road and Viktor was showing them around. The author writes,"Sparrow Road looks haunted, creepy, and old, the same way Viktor looked like when I saw him at the train station." This is figurative language because it tells house looks like at Sparrow Road. I choose this example because it tells you what Sparrow Road looks like.


Another strong example is at the part where Raine and her her mom got to the cabin and Raine's mom said "Sounds like a sympathy of insects rattled in the cabin."

In conclusion figurative language is really helpful when you want to know what something looks like, smells like, or tastes like.

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