Sweet and poignant and oftentimes witty, SPARK is a like it's namesake - an ember of an idea that quickly blooms into an inferno that captures the readers' attention and heart. Holly Schindler is an amazing author with a wealth of talent.
SPARK made me wish I could go back in time and revisit my high school theatre - almost all of my friends were involved in theatre and our biannual productions, but I never engaged. Now I really wish I had - Quin made me nostalgic for something I never experienced.
Part mystery, part contemporary, and completely original, SPARK is a book that will resonate with a lot of readers of all ages. It's a beautiful story with sparkling characters and glittering backdrops that paint a vibrant canvas for the reader to enjoy.
The local Avery Theater was just a run-down building to Quin—until her mother told her the tragic love story of Nick and Emma that played out on the theater’s stage all those years ago. Quin is convinced it’s the perfect story to rewrite for her drama class, but when she goes searching for more information, she makes a startling discovery—the Avery is rapidly regaining its former splendor and setting the stage for her classmates Dylan and Cass to relive Nick and Emma’s romance. Quin can see the spark between them, but it’s up to her to make sure her friends—and the Avery—can both be saved this time around.
Holly Schindler’s work has received starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly, has won silver and gold medals in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and the IPPY Awards, respectively, has been featured on Booklist’s Best First Novels for Youth and School Library Journal’s What’s Hot in YA, and has been a PW Pick of the Week. She is owned by a Pekingese named Jake, and can be found working on her next book in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri. She can also be found athollyschindler.com.
5/17: Novel Ink - Review
5/25: YA Bookmark - Top 10
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