Will Sparrow's Road

Will Sparrow's Road

eBook - 2012
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"A compelling coming-of-age road trip." -- Kirkus "Set in Elizabethan England, the novel is built upon Cushman's thorough research and solid understanding of the period." -- Booklist "[Cushman] manages the tricky balance of keeping her characters engaging and understandable for her audience while still making them very much of their time." -- Horn Book
In his thirteenth year, Will Sparrow, liar and thief, becomes a runaway. On the road, he encounters a series of con artists -- a pickpocket, a tooth puller, a pig trainer, a conjurer -- and learns that others are more adept than he at lying and thieving. Then he reluctantly joins a traveling troupe of "oddities," including a dwarf and a cat-faced girl, holding himself apart from the "monsters" and resolving to be on guard against further deceptions. At last Will is forced to understand that appearances are misleading and that he has been his own worst deceiver. The rowdy world of market fairs in Elizabethan England is the colorful backdrop for Newbery medalist Cushman's new comic masterpiece. This ebook includes a sample chapter of THE MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 9780547875156
0547875150
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (224 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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m2 Feb 25, 2013

The latest from Karen Cushman and the only book she's written with a boy as the main character, Will Sparrow's Road is a lot of fun to read. Will wanders the Elizabethan market fairs, not knowing that he's looking for a real family to join. Cushman adds lots of colorful characters and one wonderful pig. If you are a historical fiction fan, this one's for you.

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CRRL_AngelaCritics
Dec 28, 2012

Not as compelling as Cushman's earlier books. But still an enjoyable story that brings the past to life.

LibrarySal Dec 24, 2012

Cushman's efforts were a little disappointing in Will Sparrow.

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