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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

By: Jonathan Auxier

Fantasy

Eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow is one of the best chimney boys in Victorian London, even though she’s a girl. It’s a dangerous job, and when Nan gets caught in a fire, she’s sure the end has come. Enter the mysterious and magical Charlie: smoldering knight in sooty armor, guardian angel, golem.
2018 National Jewish Book Award Finalist
2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner

Ages: 11+

352 pages

Abrams

Average Rating: (71 Ratings)

Intense but So Good!! 👍 (Read this book)
Submitted 5/19/2020 by CreativeSoul

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

Sweep by: Jonathan Auxier is in my top 5 fantasy books! . It is about a sweep named Nan and her char golem Charlie taking in and fighting every challenge that comes there way from running away from a search party, to trying to survive a fire lit by their greatest enemy!
I personally think it is a roller coaster of emotion and I also that Nan Sparrow's middle name is girl power!!

Choose this book!
Submitted 5/9/2020 by Leahcat

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This is an AMAZING book!

Great!
Submitted 5/8/2020 by ThePeanutHorse

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This is a great book. It's kind of sad, but I like it a lot. You should also read more books by this author.

So sad, but so good!
Submitted 5/5/2020 by EllsaBells

Thumbs up!

The book was really sad but really good. If you like to be swept away, but be happy, then this is a great book for you. Best book!

A hard read
Submitted 5/2/2020 by AbbasPrincess

This book was just OK

I'm really not into it and I don't enjoy it 😒 :-(

LOVE this book
Submitted 5/1/2020 by GlitterSparkles

This amazing story of a girl and her monster is the best. It’s cute, it’s funny, it’s a must read.

Super good!!
Submitted 4/24/2020 by 567581

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

Such a good book! I would definitely read this book if I was into fantasy-ish books. The story of this little girl is so good and I couldn't stop reading it.

Pretty good
Submitted 3/15/2020 by 132Wingate

This book was very inspiring and it has lots of lessons it can teach you.

Submitted 3/4/2020 by 2bgreat

5 stars times 100. I loved reading this book. I really liked the characters.

Poor Nan!
Submitted 3/3/2020 by VBookworm

So amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 2/10/2020 by sfbooks

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book might seem scary at first glance, but it's actually very fun, sweet, and engaging. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery, adventure, excitement, and drama.

So good!👍👍👍👍👍👍😻
Submitted 2/10/2020 by keyboardqueen10

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I absolutely give this book a thumbs up!!!!!!!
👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍💛💚👍👍👍
So so so good

Got trouble in school for reading this book during lessons! But I couldn't put it down!
Submitted 2/9/2020 by olympiansrthebest

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book can get you stuck in the mix of total and complete unfairness and sadness. SO INCREDIBLY SAD AT THE END. I CANT EVEN TAKE IT. TOO GOOOOOD!

Amazing!
Submitted 2/7/2020 by Jane2010

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

If you you like twist and turns, this story is just for you!
I liked this book because Nan (Main character) Still kept in touch with her past guardian, She always had a piece of him.👌

One of the best books I've ever read
Submitted 2/7/2020 by Nana

I loved this book!

Sweep is a very moving story and as things slowly begin to unfold you dive deeper into the characters' histories and you realize that there is more to this story than you think. I loved the ending; it doesn't end the way you want it to but it is very emotional.

Wonderful book!!
Submitted 2/5/2020 by MJR221

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

so great!
Submitted 2/5/2020 by ARJBFF

this book was so great!
i loved it, it was interesting and surprising.
i cried at the end(i cry a lot.)
ps. i just lost my tooth!

SUPER INTERESTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 2/5/2020 by Oxy

great book
Submitted 2/4/2020 by Leahcat

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

this book was really sad and i cant believe that kids actually had to do that! it was REALLY INTERESTING and i think you MUST read it.

BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 2/3/2020 by favoritefoodpizza

I loved this book!

Feather and bone without and within,
I am that and this and that once again.
Borne aloft among the winds,
I encircle new life within my limbs.
I bear the seed that bears the seed,
and by springs end,
small mouths I'll feed!
What am I?
Read Sweep to find out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I really good book!!!
Submitted 2/2/2020 by supergirl2007

I loved this book!

This was an awesome book!! I couldn't put it down and it was very interesting!!

Really good book!
Submitted 1/22/2020 by Banana11

Thumbs up!

Very deep!

not the best
Submitted 1/18/2020 by Jewelsrawesome

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about friendship.

could have been better

Submitted 1/12/2020 by Chanzers

Omg such a good storyline I cried. That was the best book I've ever read in my life!

Great Book!
Submitted 1/9/2020 by Incileah

I liked this book.

Sweep is a great book but can be a little sad at parts. It is beautifully written and has a great but unpredictable plot. Great selection of characters and it taught me things about Judaism I never would have learned otherwise. Sweep also made me feel emotional sometimes; from scared to happy to sad to laughing.

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ! (I have read a lot of books)
Submitted 1/7/2020 by Warriorcat144

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

So good! Really heart warming and a bit sad. The Author ends this book beautifully. If you like fantasy books then I recommend the series's Harry Potter, Warriors, and Wings of Fire! This book was a good reading level not too hard and not too easy. (I am a pretty high reading level.)

Great book
Submitted 1/6/2020 by pioneer2009

I loved this book!

Great book. Engaging read about a girl who sweeps chimneys for a living.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (for real) 😃😍😂😊👍
Submitted 1/6/2020 by NaviP

Thumbs up!

SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO Good!!!!!!!!!!!!😊😂😍(❁´◡`❁)
╰(*°▽°*)╯ :-D You should so get this book! This book had me crying and laughing all the way through. If you want a good book get this one. I would give this book 10 stars, and 200% (out of 100%)! thank you so much Jonathan Auxier!

I cried but I definitely loved it
Submitted 1/5/2020 by Eduardotheweinderdog

It was so funny,sad and happy at the same time. It was very interesting to learn about golems and the life of a sweep.

This book was awesome!
Submitted 1/5/2020 by Lula

I loved this book!

This book was very good. It's sad but also funny and entertaining. I would highly recommend this book.

really powerfull!
Submitted 1/3/2020 by purplestar

I loved this book!

such a good book!it is really powerfull and heart breaking. I normally don't like sad books, but i loved this one 10/10 would recomend to a friend.
warning: don't read it at school because it will make you cry and you will get super embarrassed.

Sad but...ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE E
Submitted 12/29/2019 by SpaceBookworm

I loved this book!

Submitted 12/26/2019 by AjMa

This was a great book!
Submitted 12/23/2019 by Checkmate

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book was Amazing!!!!!!! It was long but only took about a week for me to read! It taught me a lot about the life of a chimney sweeper. It was happy and sad at the same time. The characters had expressed their feelings really well!!!

*****Five Stars!***** Awesome!***** Fantastic!***** Awesomtastic!
Submitted 12/10/2019 by LittleHouse85

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I loved this book a lot because I think it is a book about friendship, the importance of family, and an adventure worth every page. I always love a book that ties an some point that the story is trying make into it as you read. You should totally read this book. Its epic!

PERFECT !
Submitted 12/10/2019 by Checkmate

JUST AMAZING
Submitted 12/9/2019 by olympiansrthebest

I loved this book!

MUST READ THIS TRAGIC YET FUN AMAZING BOOK. YAY.

SOOOO GOOOOD
Submitted 12/9/2019 by Kittenmuffin

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK! It was well executed and very heartwarming. However, it is very sad. If you don't like books that include death, you may not like this book. If you can handle sad stuff, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK! :3

Amazing!
Submitted 12/9/2019 by TaekwonDuck

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I love the way it's written. Sad, but also happy.

Sooooo sad, but super good!!
Submitted 12/8/2019 by ellagood

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

Okay, here’s the basics about this book. Nan, the main character, is a chimney sweep. However, this is not the life it looks like in Mary Poppins. It’s hard, people are cruel, and there’s almost no pay. Oh, and if you get stuck up the tiny chimney, they kill you. So, yeah. Not Nan’s ideal life. Anyway, she gets stuck, so they almost burn her alive. A piece of charcoal she always keeps in her pocket from her old master comes alive and saves her, and now they’re fugitives. And they also want to save the rest of the sweeps. Anyway, please don’t read this book if you can’t handle the sadness of some really good characters dying. If you can get past that, the book is amazing. Again, VERY SAD. DO NOT READ IF YOU CANNOT HANDLE THAT KIND OF STUFF.

So Good 😊
Submitted 12/7/2019 by DanceQueen

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I loved this book!! It was a little sad but still really good.

Submitted 12/6/2019 by Chanzers

This book is amazing if you haven't read it you should go check it out!!!😊😄

I loved this book! and want to read more by this author!
Submitted 12/5/2019 by slothgirl

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

this book is the best i totally recommend it!

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!
Submitted 12/5/2019 by Nodram

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

Sweep is a great book about a girl and her unknown creature. I recommend this book!

best pj library book ever!
Submitted 12/4/2019 by happygirl89

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This is the best book that I have ever gotten from pj library. It is a fantastic novel about a girl who is a chimney climber and her friend who is a golem. I highly recommend this to all readers.

BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 12/4/2019 by favoritefoodpizza

REALLY GOOD
Submitted 12/4/2019 by cherry

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

it was a REALLY good book but it has a sad ending

AMAZING
Submitted 12/4/2019 by 10232008

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This was one of the best books I’ve ever read. Nan’s life is so hard. If I was in Sweep, I’d stand up to Crudd because he’s mean to Nan.
This is a good book for you if you like mysteries, fantasy, and/or sad stories.
BEST EVER!!!!!!

Submitted 12/3/2019 by Crafter

I loved this book!

This book is SUPER AWESOME!!!!!!! It was sad, but really heartwarming and sad that the sweeps were really treated this way. It was fun but also educational. I would give this book 100,000,000 stars if I could.

great book!
Submitted 12/3/2019 by QuantumKid

I liked this book.

this book is good, but a little unsettling

EPIC
Submitted 12/3/2019 by PoodleMama

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

CANT PUT IT DOWN because it is intriguing

Nan has such a hard life!!
Submitted 12/3/2019 by jmc

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

Charlie is my FAV because he is so kind!!

Heartwarming
Submitted 12/3/2019 by Lemurs63

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

Charlie and Nan’s story is.... well....... not to be described in words. It contains so much feeling and passion that I just couldn’t seem to pull myself out of Charlie & Nan’s shared world when my dad said lights out every night.

Submitted 12/3/2019 by msonic

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

great book

It was amazing!
Submitted 12/3/2019 by panther18

I loved this book!

This book was amazing, Nan and Charlie are trying to get away from Crudd

This book was awesome!!!
Submitted 12/2/2019 by TheZoologist

Thumbs up!

I loved this book because I could feel everything. This is such good writing that I wish it was a series so I could read more! I can't even describe how good this book is!

SOOOO GOOD!
Submitted 12/2/2019 by SashaDog

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book is super good! It is so sweet, but sad, in a good way! The story is so well thought out and is never too predictable. I loved this book. Two characters are Jewish, and it talks about Jewish traditions, which I enjoyed. I 100% recommend this book!

okay
Submitted 12/2/2019 by TheMathGuy

This book was just OK

This book was good but confusing.

Submitted 12/2/2019 by rollerderbyreader

I loved this book!

😸😸😸😸😸😸😸
🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯
😊😊😊😊😊😊😊
😸😸
BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
😍🤩🥳👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Read it!!!!!
1000000000000stars

THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 12/2/2019 by dancerwriter4ever

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book was amazing! I never wanted to put it down. It has some sad parts, but otherwise it is super interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventurous books. Hope you choose this book!

this book is ...
Submitted 12/2/2019 by SCoolgirl08

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

i love this book but there is sad parts

Submitted 11/16/2019 by LightningCat

Imagine your very life depended on a man who would rather kill you than admit how many tiny voices had been drowned out by flames; how many desperate eyes glowed, surrounded by wildfire. Imagine fear that your next breath may be smothered by ash and soot, and your next, and your next, until you cannot hold it anymore. Imagine pulling yourself through bricks, dragging your heavy body up toward the light far above, hoping you'll make it to the top. Imagine the walls, curling in on you, and then a sudden burst of flame rising higher and higher, burning you alive. That's Nan's life. She has nowhere to run. Until she is the one caught in the fire.
I love this book. It's about death. Love. Pain. Sacrifice. It moved me. Somedays it feels impossible to cry. But on the day I read this book, crying seemed like all I could manage to do. If you like woman warriors, light hidden in the dark, and small mysteries, all I can ask you to do is to read this book.

AWESOME BOOK!
Submitted 10/9/2019 by MiamiTeva

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

Best Book PJ Our Way has to offer! If you have not read this book, you definitely should. This book taught me that I really have a great life and I should be thankful because some kids don't even have their parents with them and are are treated very badly. Definitely a great read!

a great book!!!
Submitted 10/8/2019 by cdaven01

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

this is a wonderful book that i recommend to all ages! i'll admit i wasn't excited but i was so wrong! i guarantee you will come to love it!!!

A super awesome book
Submitted 10/6/2019 by MiaGrace

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

An awesome fantasy book. Please read.

Heartbreaking
Submitted 10/5/2019 by Ilovemydog

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book is so sad! But I still love it. I cried at the end. This book is about the hardships chimney sweeps had to face, but also about the magic we find every day. For Nan, it was Charlie. If I could, I would give this book 1000000000000000000000 stars. It’s that good. Warning: this book is SAD!

Submitted 10/3/2019 by likeaboss10

Awesome book!
Submitted 10/2/2019 by littlelionman

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

It was one of the best books I've ever read!!

Submitted 10/2/2019 by Zipporah6

Fantastic!!

Amazing, magical book!
Submitted 10/1/2019 by NationalDesignTeam

Sweep is about an orphan girl who is treated really badly. It is set in London where she is a chimney sweep. It's a really dangerous job. This is a story about her survival - and it includes some magic. It's a dramatic, sad and hopeful story. I really recommend it. It gave me insight how life used to be for poor children. FIVE STARS!!!!

Sheina Brocha, National Design Team

AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 10/1/2019 by BookNerd

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This is such a good book! I read it five times!

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Jonathan Auxier

Author of Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

Jonathan Auxier says he writes strange stories for strange kids. There must be a lot of them because his books win lots of awards! In his free time, he does yo-yoing, and he explains some of his tricks on his website. Jonathan is from Canada but now lives in Pittsburgh with his family and their pet umbrella.

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