Sparrow by Sarah Moon

Cover of Sparrow by Sarah MoonIn Sparrow Cooke's world, everyone in Brooklyn middle school knows what to do but her. She has always had a difficult time making friends, but after the unexpected death of her favorite school librarian, she is lost more than ever before.

When she's discovered on the roof of her school in an apparent suicide attempt, she is sent to the hopsital and discharged on the promise that she will go to therapy. The only thing is: she wasn't trying to die and she can't tell anyone else that without giving away her biggest secret. Enters Dr. Katz. Dr. Katz is not at all what Sparrow expected, but she may be just what Sparrow needs to help keep her feet on the ground and find her voice. 

Sparrow's story is painfully honest. From her suddenly rocky relationship with her mother to her failing grades to feeling like everyone has it figured out but you, her struggles are ones that many of us go through. This inspirational book will make you laugh - and cry, sometimes on the same page. Sparrow's story is a wonderful, emotional read for Mental Health Awareness Month about living with an anixety disorder, which affect over 40 million Americans every day. Sparrow by Sarah Moon is available in print. If you've already read Sparrow, try Sarah Moon's newest novel, Middletown.

If you are struggling with your mental health, reach out to the Alachua County Crisis Center at 352-264-6789. The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter in Gainesville has also created a list of additional community resources to connect to mental health care.