I read Sweep a few months ago now but I still remember how much I loved the story; I fell in love with Nan, & her monster, Charlie, was the sweetest monster you could ever meet. This was such an original MG book & was one of the first books to go onto my 2019 favourites list!
I was sent this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.
⚠️ This book contains age-appropriate scenes of child suffering from neglect, maltreatment & physical abuse, as well as some death ⚠️
Sweep is an adorable story about Nan, a lonely chimney sweep, who is plagued by the memory of a man she can hardly remember; we follow Nan as she accidentally creates a creature of soot, who turns out to be one of the sweetest characters in MG history. Sweep also looks at the rights of child-sweeps from Victorian London, adding a thread of history & learning to this lovely story.
The first thing I can say about this book is that it’s original – I mean, how many books do you get about chimney sweeps? Especially children’s books! Plus, I can’t think of a single story with a creature like Charlie in it – & I very much doubt that you can either. Adding in Jonathan Auxier’s relaxing & engaging writing & Sweep is a story bound to make you fall in love.
Something else that I adored about this story was getting to watch Nan grow so much – when the book first starts Nan is young & definitely a child, but as the pages turn we get to witness her growing up into a mature & brave young girl, who is forced to face the truths of this wicked, wicked world. Sweep may be a children’s book, but it’s surprisingly honest about both the here & now, & the once upon a time – & this is something that I really respect about the author. On top of this, “The Sweep” – the mystery character in the depths of Nan’s memories – really helps to show the sacrifices adults make for the children they love – the memories that include The Sweep are written so incredibly well & are so, so poignant… I had to stop reading a few times after these chapters because they were just so moving.
I had been craving a good historical MG & Sweep fit the bill perfectly; I adored the story so much, for its individuality but also for the feeling it gave me whilst reading it. There are certain books that make you feel content inside, regardless of what’s going on in the real world & this book is one of them. The book is full of warmth, passion & kindness & I’ve never read a book like it.
The setting was perfect, the characters were deep & realistic & the plot was engaging & full of hope – Jonathan Auxier has written such a beautiful, heartwarming story & I’m honoured to own a proof copy. Grab yourself a finished hardback or pre-order a paperback using the links below:
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