The Unfinished Angel

The Unfinished Angel

Book - 2009
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In a tiny village in the Swiss Alps, an angel meets an American girl named Zola who has come with her father to open a school, and together Zola and the angel rescue a group of homeless orphans, who gradually change everything.
Publisher: New York : Joanna Cotler Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061430961
Characteristics: 164 p. ; 20 cm


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Jun 09, 2019

I love most of Creech's stories but this one missed the mark for me. There were some amusing elements (voice and word use i.e. peoples etc. as words the angel tries to figure out but doesn't quite get; it made me crack a smile or two) but not enough to make me recommend it as strongly as others like Hate that Cat, Love that Dog, Moo, Saving Winslow (my FAVORITE Creech story) and Boy on the Porch. Not bad enough to make me stop continuing on to her others, however; I just count this as "an off day" perhaps as much for me as for Creech.

JCLEmilyD Mar 21, 2018

This one was cute but not my favorite of Creech's books.

Aug 01, 2015

I loved this book! It had suspense, humor and adventure! This was one of my favourite books to read this summer! This book is heart warming and has quite an ending.

Apr 14, 2014

A bit too cute for me.

Cdnbookworm Feb 11, 2013

This lovely children's novel tells a tale of an angel who lives in an old house in a small village in Switzerland. For a long time the angel has been watching theneighbours, an old lady Signora Divino and her grandson Vinny, but not really doing that much. The angel feels like it doesn't know what it should be doing or how to do angel-like things. While it is supposed to understand all languages, it isn't really that good at them, and the words it uses aren't always right. It hasn't seen any other angels and isn't sure where to find them and what the extent of territory it is responsible for. The angel likes animals and when feeling upset flishes (yet that is what it calls it) up to see the goats, which always make it feel better.
But then the American man Mr. Pomodoro and the girl Zola come to live in the house and things start to happen. To start, Zola can see the angel and knows it is an angel and expects it to do angel things. Like when she finds the homeless children in the barn before the angel notices and want the angel to fix things. Like when Vinny throws garbage and Zola wants the angel to fix things. But though the angel helps when it can, everyone discovers that sometimes it is the people that do most of the fixing.
I love the use of onomatopoeia in the words used by the angel. A good example is Mr Pomodoro tappling at the keys for his dimputer. The book plays with language in both the words the angel uses and Zola's playful utterings. The whole book feels playful and fun, and gives the reader a good feeling inside.

Dec 13, 2010

I really liked this book. I thought it was kind of funny, in Sharon Creech's style. I loved the angel too! He/She is funny in how confused or puzzled he/she is. A good read!


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JCLEmilyD Apr 20, 2017

First, I tell you that I am in peace with the birdies and the froggies and the toads and the kittens and the puppies and the lizards, all of those creatures, just like I am in peace with the mountains and the trees and the flowers, but let's not get too mushy. I tell you that so you know that I am not like the peoples who hate everything and complain all day short or long. Those people are sad. (p. 39)

Apr 14, 2014

Why would peoples invade other peoples? Don’t they know the other peoples are like their own peoples, who don’t want to be invaded? I get _agitato_ if I think about it too much.


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