Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
A brand-new novel by one of today's most powerfulstorytellers, The Soot Golem is a heart-rending adventureabout the everlasting gifts of friendship and hope.For nearly a century, Victorian London relied on "climbingboys"--orphans owned by chimney sweeps--to clean flues and protecthomes from fire. The work was hard, thankless and brutallydangerous. Eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow is quite possibly the bestclimber who ever lived--and a girl. With her wits and will, she'smanaged to beat the deadly odds time and time again.But when Nan gets stuck in a deadly chimney fire, she fears hertime has come. Instead, she wakes to find herself in an abandonedattic. And she is not alone. Huddled in the corner is a mysteriouscreature--a golem--made from ash and coal. This is the creaturethat saved her from the fire.The Soot Golem is the story of a girl and her monster.Together, these two outcasts carve out a life together--saving oneanother in the process.