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The Unfinished Angel Hardcover – September 22, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061430951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061430954
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4–6—Some books are absolute magic, and this is one of them. The main character, an unnamed angel, is a plucky creature with a bumbling vocabulary that is laugh-out-loud funny as well as a sassy running commentary about the "peoples" who reside in a small village in the Swiss Alps. Kids will giggle at the mischievous side of Angel, who throws pinecones at irritating mortals and smashes figs for fun. Angel can only be seen or sensed by the book's children—first and foremost, by spunky Zola. She is a free-spirited young girl who wears a trio of rainbow-colored dresses at any one time and teams up with the angel to bring the tiny town out of a time-worn gloom with good deeds, namely rescuing a motley crew of orphans with touching and humorous results. Creech's protagonist is hugely likable. Angel has moments of self-doubt and impatience that are appealingly human, while there is a sweet exchange with Zola about the potential of people to already be angel-like in this existence by using their lives for good. Thanks to the author's signature eloquence in detail, readers will wish that they, too, could live in the village among the quirky cast of characters. Creech's offering 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.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR END

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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 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

More 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 York.

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I laughed, I cried, I . . . laughed some more!
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My 10 year old daughter loved ths book and reads it over and over.
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I highly recommend it for both kids and adults.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Dree of Charlotte on September 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I found The Unfinished Angel (uncorrected proof) in the trash bin of the newsroom where I work, along with other children's book proofs. I looked through the others and picked this one to read on a flight. I had never heard of Sharon Creech before.

Three pages into Unfinished Angel, I turned to my wife and said, 'This is incredibly good.' I raced through the book. What a joyful experience, very funny, very touching. Maybe it is because my Italian grandmom, who couldn't read or write, talked just like this angel. Maybe it is because I am not at all religious but really need and want an angel. Or maybe it is because I don't have kids and got to share some in this wonderful book.

The back cover, I think, said it was for children 7 to 12 - something like that. Ha! It is for anyone, any age. The humor and plays on words on are so imaginative. When I finished the book, I turned to my wife, a tear on my face, and said: 'It was poetry.'

So I thank my angel for finding The Unfinished Angel in a trash bin.

I have read several other Sharon Creech books since, and I am a huge fan -- Love that Dog, Hate that Cat, Two Moons. 'Unfinished Angel' is still my favorite. It lacks the deeper emotion of those other books, but it radiates joy. It's a treasure.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on November 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In this tale of quirky characters and mystical beings, beloved author Sharon Creech gives fans a new perspective on the worries of the world, such as homelessness and child hunger. After developing a sizable fan base, Creech may be intentionally pushing at certain boundaries with this book about a young American girl named Zola Pomodoro who lives an adventuresome life in rural Switzerland while her father builds a school for children from all over the globe. Some authors choose a certain point in their careers to challenge social issues with their work, and this may explain why Creech is offering this treatise.

Zola's father is an educator, and his goal is to teach peace and tolerance to youngsters from all nations in hopes of eradicating social evils. Zola is a social activist of her own merits and discovers local children hiding in a barn at night who don't have parents, food, clothing, or shelter. Zola sets out to remedy their plight but not by herself. She insists that a local "angel" living in the tower near her home help her aid the starving children.

The "unfinished angel" is the primary narrator of this tale that centers on saving local children while a host of tangent plot lines circle at their own pace. A nasty neighbor who speaks Italian and throws garbage in Zola's yard is disarming with her temperament. Zola's dad is distant and distracted but always a constant in her life until mother and brother arrive (without explanations as to why they weren't there in the first place.) And then there is Zola herself:

"Zola, she is intrigueful to me. In her many-layered clothings, with her chippy-choppy hair and the eyes with the big black poppils, in her sometimes bossy way, she has also the soft heart of a bunny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cathe VINE VOICE on November 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In an old stone tower in the Swiss Alps, life has been the same for one angel has for as long as it can remember. But one day peoples move into the Angel's casa. And the girl, Zola, can see the angel and begins to tell her to help people in the village. But the Angel doesn't like people telling her what to do. And how does Zola know so much about what an angel should do when the angel doesn't really know herself.

This book is full of crazy characters like Signora Divino who lives next door and is always sneaking her snakes into their yard (they keep following her back home!). And her dog who barks arf, arf, arf, arf day and night until even the angel wants to kill it. And there's Signor Rubini who collects drawers full of blue socks because when he was a child he always had cold feet. And the bossy Zolo, the girl who moves into the Angel's casa. She wears at least 3 outfits at once even though it is summer. But the best is the angel who drops pinecones on the heads of people she doesn't like and has the craziest vocabulary--but deep down wants most of all to be a "finished" angel.

I just loved every word of this hilarious book. I highly recommend it for both kids and adults.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Walter on September 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a fifth grade teacher who loves to read and share books with my students. My mom (a librarian) recommended this book and it is easily one of my favorites. I work with a lot of students who do not speak English as their first language. The book is written in a way that my students really love, especially as a read aloud. They like the way the angel speaks and tries to figure out how to say different words. We also get into really good conversations about inferences, making tough choices, vocabulary and onomatopoeia. The chapters are very short and I can't tell you how many times I heard, "Just read one more chapter!" I hope you will read and enjoy the book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VJ on April 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read this book with my daughter when she was in 3rd or 4th grade. We laughed so much as we read it. I absolutely loved it and recommend it to
all my friends. It is a book that can be enjoyed by adults as well as children. Absolutely wonderful!!
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