Pre-Order Gail Donovan's SPARROW BEING SPARROW

Launch Event, July 29th at 2pm at Portland Public Library

Print: A Bookstore is proud to be working with local author, Gail Donovan, in support of her forthcoming middle grade novel, Sparrow Being Sparrow

All copies will be signed by the author and can be personalized—make sure to include any requests in the order comments during checkout! We'll also be selling books during Gail's launch event at the Portland Public Library on July 29th, more information to come.

Cover image for SPARROW BEING SPARROWAn endearingly energetic fourth grader takes on the big job of finding new homes for her neighbor’s seven cats in this heartwarming illustrated middle grade novel for fans of Patricia MacLachlan and Sharon Creech.

Sparrow Robinson loves to dance and leap around. She loves cats. She has a million questions about the world, and she’s not afraid to ask them. But she’s just moved to a new town and a new school, and her busy parents have no time for her to get “carried away.” Suddenly, she feels totally out of place.

Sparrow’s favorite thing in all this newness is her neighbor, Mrs. LaRose, who has seven cats and always has cookies and lemonade to share. But after Mrs. LaRose breaks her hip, she decides to move into assisted living—where the cats aren’t allowed! Sparrow has to help.

Determined to find new homes for the cats, Sparrow forgets about her own troubles—but her quest just might be the key to Sparrow finding a home for herself in this town, too.


Headshot of Gail DonovanGail Donovan was fired from her first job in an ice cream shop for making the sundaes too big. She now works in a library and writes middle grade novels, including Sparrow Being Sparrow, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award winner Finchosaurus, and In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog, named to the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing list. She has also written for the Rainbow Fish & Friends picture book series based on the bestselling work of Marcus Pfister. Donovan lives on the coast of Maine, where she jumps in the ocean all year round. 


Praise for Sparrow Being Sparrow

A Junior Library Guild Selection

★"A spirited child embarks on a mission to rehome her elderly neighbor’s seven cats while navigating a new school, new friends, and a shifting relationship with her parents in this warm novel . . . [an] uplifting slice-of-life tale."
— Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A warm and welcoming tale of a girl finding her way home."
— Kirkus Reviews

Sparrow Being Sparrow By Gail Donovan, Elysia Case (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gail Donovan, Elysia Case (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781665916691
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 25th, 2023