June Sparrow and the Million-Dollar Penny

So many middle-grade books use the old Disney orphan plot formula. Parents are dead, child soldiers on bravely to a new living situation to endure more misfortune until finally turning things around to achieve happiness once more. The thing is June Sparrow is so darn likable and pushed all of my buttons. She has been homeschooling herself successfully in New York City and has read almost all of Pride and Prejudice. After reading about the importance of friendship and socialization, she gets herself a pet pig. What is not to like about this quirky girl?

Since her parents died years ago, she has had a guardian to take care of her finances, and until he loses all her money things are going great. After one last night at The Met, she flies off to live with her previously unknown Aunt in the Dakotas.

June gets to know her Mom through living in her old room and after a few bumps comes to love her Aunt and her small town. Despite what could have been heavy subject matter this is mostly light-hearted. I found the imagery wonderful and despite my own big city leaning tendencies I can see how June would have settled into life in a small town.

I read a DRC of this book courtesy of Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I’m putting it on our list of bedtime stories.

June Sparrow and the Million-Dollar Penny

May 30, 2017

by Rebecca Chace (Author), Kacey Schwartz (Illustrator)