Having escaped from yet another foster home, Terra Delarosa is found alone in a grocery store one Valentine’s Day, determined to stay the night. Taken into custody with a seeming fate of juvenile detention, Terra’s last option is to stay with her estranged grandfather on his farm. Meanwhile, a farm sparrow named Zeezoo attempts to form a family of his own, learning how to defend he and those he loves in a predator-prey world.
Sparrow Days is a middle-grade story about overcoming and redemption, addressing challenging topics such as belonging, purpose, alcoholism, drug abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Travel between worlds in a tale that balances light-hearted humor and emotional turmoil with each flap of a sparrow’s wings.
Author: Russell Sebring
Release Date: November 14th, 2023
Tags: Fiction, Middle-grade
ISBN (Paperback): 978-1-958373-06-4
ISBN (Ebook): 978-1-958373-07-1
A Curious Peek
Do All Roads Lead Astray?
There are many roads with uncertain endings, a fact that young Terra Delarosa is beginning to learn all too quickly in her life. Sent to live with her estranged grandpa, will Terra be able to finally find a place to call home?
Meet the Family
A mysterious girl who is found in the back of a grocery store one Valentine's Day. Despite her circumstances, she is quite eager to learn and equally sassy.
A lonely man living on a run-down farm who talks to animals and has a drinking problem. The last hope of a guardian for a young Terra Delarosa.
A sparrow living on Cyrus' farm with a strive to grow and form a family of his own. A bird with such a strong moral compass is just so hard to find!
Absent from Terra's life in many ways, it seems appropriate for her profile shot to be blank. Where is Terra's mom? What would cause her to leave her child behind?
Themes and Topics for Students to Explore
Sparrow Days is a tale of many, with focus shifting between several of our main characters and their personal journeys. Here are some of the themes that characters experience in some way or another:
Post-traumantic stress disorder (PTSD) and The Vietnam War
Oxycontin addiction and Narcan
Abiding by morals and taking initiative
And, of course, defending oneself from a bird-hungry cat