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Sweep Novel Study

Grades: 4-7


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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier is a beautiful, poignant story set in the middle of Victorian England. It brings up topics of child labor and anti-Semitism as this historical fantasy weaves aspects of the brutality of life as a chimney sweep with the Jewish mythological creature golems. The story feels like Charles Dickens mixed with a fairy tale.
"We save ourselves by saving others."

Sweep a tale of friendship and grief. Eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow works as a chimney climber, a thankless and deadly job. After being stuck in a chimney fire, Nan is saved by a mysterious creature. This creature turns out to be a golem, who she names Charlie. Nan and Charlie take refuge in an abandoned mansion and grow their lives together in this poignant story.

Sweep reminds us that life can be heartbreaking. It reminds us that life is not always pretty, but it's better to confront these realities instead of pretending they don't exist. It shows us that even in the midst of grief and sorrow, there are hope, wonders, and miracles worth living for. We just have to look for them.

This packet has 43 pages plus an answer key.
  • Chapter Reference Guide
  • Pre-Reading Questions
  • Discussion/Pre-Reading Questions (also works for writing prompts)
  • Comprehension Quizzes (6)
  • Final Quiz and Character Matching Quiz


  • Vocabulary Worksheets (7)
  • Word Map
  • Compare/Contrast chapters of the same title (4)
  • Themes
  • Foreshadowing
  • Similes


  • Drawing/Imagery Activity (2)
  • Story Soup Activity
  • Settings
  • Traits graphic organizer (Nan, Charlie)
  • Compare and Contrast Characters (2)
  • Blank Character Traits Worksheet
  • Create a Soundtrack Activity
  • Chimney Sweepers


      Grades: 4-7

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 2 reviews
      A very thorough and insightful reading plan

      I have been using The study for Sweep by J. Auxier to work with my granddaughter as she reads the book as a Bluebonnet selection for school. The packet contains 43 pages of guidance and tools to enrich this reading experience. From The Chapter Reference guide, pre-reading questions, comprehension and discussions quizzes, to the worksheets for vocabulary , character studies, and extra creative activities, this has been a goldmine of helpful and fun activities. Thank you Samantha Shank! Your novel study for Sweep helped me and my granddaughter enjoy a beautiful reading experience together! Marlene Kaim

      Sarah Warner
      Sweep Novel Study

      Great novel study! Not just basic handouts to answer, rather, in depth discussion prompts that continued during dinner time and beyond. Well done Samantha!