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Song Of The Sparrow Paperback – August 1, 2008
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
LISA ANN SANDELL is the author of The Weight of the Sky and Song of the Sparrow, two critically acclaimed novels for teens. She lives in New York City.
Top customer reviews
I was rather surprised to open the book and find it told in verse format (I think that's what it's called - it's not really poems, but like prose or verse). I've never read a book like that, and from the review and lack of summary, I'd assumed it was a novel. I had been ridiculously excited, being a fan of stories like the Round Table and Arthur and medieval times, but a little less thrilled at the format. But I told myself I'd give it a try, read a couple of chapters.
The story was amazing. It's a retelling of Elaine of Ascolat as a teenager in Arthur's (then military leader, not yet King) military camp, surrounded by all the young Knights of the Round Table (Arhtur, Lancelot, Tristan, Gawain). As the only girl, aside from Arthur's older sister, she has a special, unique position in the camp, until beautiful and snobby Gwynivere comes along. Gwynivere also catches the attention and affection of Lancelot, whom Elaine has had a crush on since childhood. Told within this setting and legend is Elaine's growing up, coming-of-age story/moment/adventure.
I don't really understand the purpose of the format, but it read like a really fast book. I finished it in a couple of hours and then immediately went looking for more on the legend of Elaine (aka, the Lady of Shalott - I just kept thinking of that scene from Anne of Green Gables...). I was surprised at the parts of the original legend that made it into this story. This book also re-interested me in Meg Cabot's Avalon High, which I had to track down so I could reread it after reading this amazing version.
Bottom line, great story that sparked further interest in the legend.