The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech
Age Range: 8 and up
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (September 22, 2009)
Genre: Religious Fiction
Rating: 3 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Peoples are strange!
The things they are
doing and saying—sometimes they make no sense. Did their brains fall out
of their heads? And why so much saying, so much talking all the time
day and night, all those words spilling out of those mouths? Why so
much? Why don’t they be quiet?
In the ancient stone tower of
the Casa Rosa, in a tiny village high in the Swiss Alps, life for one
angel has been the same, well, for as long as she (or he?) can remember.
Until Zola arrives, a determined American girl who wears three skirts
all at once. For neighbors who have been longtime enemies, children who
have been lost, and villagers who have been sleepily living their lives:
hold on. Zola and the angel are about to collide. Figs start flying,
dogs start arfing, and the whole village begins to wake up. Zola is a
girl with a mission. And our angel has been without one—till now.
This hilarious and endearing novel by Newbery Medal winner Sharon
Creech reminds us that magic is found in the most ordinary acts of
“Some books are absolute magic, and this is one of them…it deserves to
be read out loud and more than once to truly enjoy the angel’s hilarious
malapropisms and outright invented words, and to appreciate the book’s
tender, comical celebration of the human spirit.” – School Library Journal
About the Author:
Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons
and the Newbery Honor Book The Wanderer. Her other work includes the
novels Hate That Cat, The Castle Corona, Replay, Heartbeat, Granny
Torrelli Makes Soup, Ruby Holler, Love That Dog, Bloomability,
Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, as
well as three picture books: A Fine, Fine School; Fishing in the Air;
and Who’s That Baby? Ms. Creech and her husband live in upstate New
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I read this book out loud to my kids each night for a week before bedtime. They loved it and
would ask every night if I could read more from the angel book. It was
kind of difficult to read out loud because many of the words were
intentionally misspelled or sentences mixed around a bit. I wasn’t sure
it made any sense to my kids, but they really liked it. Once we
finished, my daughter asked if we could read it again because she really
So obviously, my kids connected with it.
Personally, I was less impressed than my 5 year old was. As I read I
couldn’t help but think that there wasn’t much of a plot. I kept
wondering what the point of the whole story was. I remember thinking
the same thing about Walk Two Moons by the same author when I read it as a
kid. And that book won a Newberry Award. So maybe I’m crazy…which is quite
At any rate, the story was sweet and my kids enjoyed it.
You can get both the Kindle version and the Library Binding for less than $3.00!