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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439918499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439918497
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 6.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

LISA ANN SANDELL is the author of The Weight of the Sky, a novel in verse that Kirkus described as “lovely” and “poignant.” A longtime devotee of Arthurian legends and a children's book editor, she lives in New York City with her husband and their puppy. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Lisa Ann Sandell studies sculpture, is re-learning to play the trumpet, and, like Cora, has always found art and writing to be a driving force in her life. She is the author of THE WEIGHT OF THE SKY, which was named one of the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age, and SONG OF THE SPARROW, which was a BookSense Summer 2007 pick and which Publishers Weekly called "unique and eloquently wrought" in a starred review. Lisa works as a children’s books editor and lives in New York City with her husband, the author Liel Leibovitz, and their dog, Molly. Please visit her online at www.lisaannsandell.com


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I write and edit children's books, and I also teach a creative writing class.

Customer Reviews

I loved that this novel was written in verse.
Kayla
Sandell's characters were well developed and very realistic.
The Book Pixie
This is a VERY well-written book and I recommend it to all.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on April 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Sixteen-year-old Elaine of Ascolat is amazingly beautiful with her long red hair and her soft natural face. Living in an army camp full of all guys, Elaine figures the handsome Lancelot to be her true love. Until her troubles and daydreams get the best of her, when even prettier Gwynivere arrives at the camp and is immediatley drawn to Lancelot - even though she is engaged to Arthur.

Gwynivere's mean remarks but beautiful outer self makes Elaine jealous enough to play a cruel prank on her, but when her friends and family leave her to go fight the Saxons, her heart tells her to pack a bag and go with them to heal the wounded. Shot by arrows and cut by a knife, Elaine gains both friendship and confidence in herself.

This exciting book by Lisa Ann Sandell makes you feel like you are back in olden times, right there fighting with Elaine. This is a VERY well-written book and I recommend it to all. A great read!

Reviewed by: Holly
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on June 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Something about King Arthur draws people to his stories. Gwynivere. Lancelot. The wizard, Merlin. Gawain. Tristan. The Round Table. The sword, Excalibur. Throughout the centuries the legend of Arthur continues to grow.

Britain, 490 A.D.

The adventurous Elaine of Ascolat, known throughout the myths as The Lady of Shallot, lives with her father in one of Britain's war camps. He is an avid supporter of Britain and has joined the army to serve his king and country. Ambrosius Aurelius, leader of all Britons, is about to lead his people into the battle of Mount Breguoin against the Saxon army. Britain is on the brink of war, again.

Elaine has been raised to believe that a woman's domain is in the home, not on the battlefront. But when she thinks of her father and brothers and the other men she's grown to care for, she feels she's in the right place. The people she loves most could march off to battle today and never come back. Why would she want to be anywhere else?

The only other girl at camp is Morgan, Arthur's older sister, but she's much too close to the king for Elaine to share her deepest secret with --- Elaine is in love with Lancelot. Elaine and Lancelot grew up together, playing games and running along the riverbanks, but all that was long ago. Now when Lancelot looks at her, all he sees is a wonderful girl. He sees a gifted healer, a girl armed with milfoil and poultices to stanch the wounds of the soldiers. He sees her skill at mending clothing and chain mail. He sees her loyalty, her hard work and her vital job within the army. But he doesn't see a woman.

When King Aurelius is poisoned by a Saxon spy, Arthur is the obvious replacement.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bethy1017 on October 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just sat transfixed as I read SONG OF THE SPARROW from cover to cover. It is so beautifully written, and it really held me captivated. I am a huge fan of Arthurian legends, from THE MISTS OF AVALON to Clive Owen's "King Arthur," to Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott," especially Loreena McKennitt's hauntingly sung rendition of the poem.

Ms. Sandell's book truly brought to life the saga of Elaine, fated to love a man who did not return her feelings, and kept alive the heroism of Arthur, Lancelot, Gawain, Tristan, and all the other knights, who seemed like the kind of guys every girl would want to have around.

The characters are so very human, from Arthur right on down the line. It is great to see Elaine's character given so much depth--always when I've read about her before, she is jealous and hateful, forever fated to take second place to Guinevere in Lancelot's heart. I've also never before seen Lancelot portrayed the way he is in this book, and I love the happy ending this tale is given.

I've never read a book set in verse as this one was, and it truly enhanced the beauty of the words. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of THE WEIGHT OF THE SKY, and very much look forward to Ms. Sandell's next book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J.S. Lewis on June 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I will admit it. I have a passion for the tales of Arthurian legend. I have since early childhood. What boy didn't want to discover a sword meant especially for him, where he could be the ruler of a glorious kingdom, and face down the black knight? THE SONG OF THE SPARROW captured that imagination brilliantly. Each word drew me in further, and I could taste, touch and smell all that was around me.

Arthur was painted as the perfect hero: strong yet sorrowful, inspiring yet vulnerable. Tristan was brillilant as well. The new take on Gwen was superb. I've never both loved and despised Lancelot with such rigor before. And telling this tale through Elaine's eyes was the perfect choice.

This book transends gender as well. Though it will likely attract female readers, boys (and men) would delight in the tale. Not one person, young or old, male or female, fans of action or strong characters will be left wanting. I recently read Avi's CRISPIN: CROSS OF LEAD. It won the Newbery award, and was excellent. He doesn't waste words on the page, yet the tale is vivid. This book, SONG OF THE SPARROW is much like that. Lisa does not waste words, yet she crafts a cinematic tale that will let the readers paint the most glorious pictures inside their heads. I don't know what the qualifications of a Newbery winning novel are, but if I've ever read one -- SONG OF THE SPARROW is it. It was a truly amazing book.
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