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Sweep

The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Publisher's Summary

"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.

©2018 Jonathan Auxier (P)2018 Audible, Inc.
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  • J. Jimenez
  • 04-12-2018

Love Jonathan Auxier

He has a way of making the story real to us and then inserting some magic and taking us to a world of fantasy. Love it for all ages...

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  • Tim Smith
  • 20-01-2019

Thank you.

Thank you. I am emotional about how easily grownups can try to diminish children and those who look a bit different or speak without being understood. The story was written in a way that held me with emotion and thought. Thank you for selecting an excellent narrator.

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  • Lauren Smith
  • 15-11-2018

I love Charlie

A wonderful unique fantasy that feels like Dickens. Great narrator and well paced plot. Recommended.

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  • luke
  • 12-02-2019

Beautiful

Simply beautiful. From start to finish, full of touching imagery. A story of hope and love.

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  • I want to know
  • 30-11-2018

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I really enjoyed this book ,Very good book! definitely recommend for all ages ! Ye

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  • Lisa M Bautista
  • 24-03-2019

A wonderful story to rival Le Miserables.

A wonderful story full of deep hidden meaning. A story that pulls you into the life and heart of a young sweep and her companions in heart of London.
Is the kind of story that touches you deep in your heart. The kind of story you'll want to listen to again and again.

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  • David M. Wallace
  • 04-06-2020

Would Have Preferred Michael Page

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  • Emily Beyer
  • 29-05-2020

Read this book!

My children ages 9, 7 and 2 as well as my husband and myself all adored this story! It’s characters are spectacular, they started to feel like old friend, and the story line is easy for the kids to understand, but by no means juvenile. It’s been a life saver for us as we’re isolating during the COVID pandemic!

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  • Allison
  • 11-05-2020

Absolutely love this book

I read this book and loved it. What a fantastic storyteller! Got the audiobook and listened to it with my two daughters—they loved it too. We were very happy with the performance!

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  • Todd
  • 24-04-2020

Wonderful book!

I listened to this with my 3 boys ages 8, 10 and 11. We absolutely LOVED it!! It brought us so much emotion thinking of all that happened to these children. We were in tears at the end and were so sad it was over.