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Will Sparrow's road, Karen Cushman

Label
Will Sparrow's road
Title
Will Sparrow's road
Statement of responsibility
Karen Cushman
Title variation
Will Sparrows road
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1599 England, twelve-year-old lying, thieving Will Sparrow runs away, meets many colorful characters on the road, and then reluctantly joins a traveling "oddities" exhibit, where he learns to see beyond appearances
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Writing style
Review
  • Gr 5 – 8 — "I care for no one but myself and nothing but my belly." Somewhere in England in the year 1599, this is the philosophy of 13-year-old Will Sparrow, abandoned by his mother, sold to an innkeeper by his father in exchange for unlimited ale, and on the run from his grim prospects as a chimney sweep. He is barefoot and hungry, and his naÃóveté and desperation make him a repeated target for ruthless folks along the way. When he hires on with an oddity show, traveling from fair to fair, Will thinks he's found a benefactor in its owner, Thomas Tidball, only to discover that things are not always as they seem. It may just be that the disagreeable dwarf, Lancelot Fitzgeoffrey, and the "creature" Greymalkin, a girl with the head of a cat, provide the care and friendship he seeks. Vivid description brings the period and setting to life, and colorful characters flesh out the simple plotline. Fascinating, sometimes seemingly preposterous, details are solidly corroborated in the informative author's note that reflects Cushman's extensive research. As she did in Catherine Called Birdy (1994) and The Midwife's Apprentice (1995, both Clarion), the author has skillfully evoked a period far outside readers' experience to tell a good and accessible story.Marie Orlando, formerly at Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY --Marie Orlando (Reviewed November 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 11, p102)
  • /* Starred Review */ Impudent, headstrong, and “a liar and a thief,” 12-year-old Will Sparrow is also a hero to remember in this rousing story from Newbery Medalist Cushman (The Midwife’s Apprentice), set in Elizabethan England. Abandoned by his mother and sold by his alcoholic father to an abusive innkeeper in exchange for unlimited ale, Will soon winds up on the dangerous open road. Will tries to outsmart a stellar cast of thieves, tricksters, and con artists—underestimating all of them and getting taken advantage of repeatedly. He eventually finds a place on the circuit of fairs with Master Tidball and his caravan of “oddities and prodigies,” which includes “the world’s smartest pig” and a whiskered woman billed as half-cat (“It seemed to Will that Master Tidball made a good living for someone who did nothing but watch others work. Will himself could do that, he thought”). Offering action, humor, and heart in equal doses, Cushman’s story is, at its core, about creating and claiming a family of one’s own. Readers will be ready to follow Will anywhere from the very first page. Ages 10–14. Agent: Elizabeth Harding, Curtis Brown. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed October 29, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 44, p)
  • (The following is a combined review for WILL SPARROW&#39 and S ROAD)In Elizabethan England, young Will hits the road with an assortment of human characters and Duchess, one smart pig. His mother deserted him, his father sold him to an innkeeper for his fill of ale and the innkeeper is about to sell him for a chimney sweep just for stealing a pie to feed his empty stomach. Will, a self-proclaimed liar and thief, is also bold and quick-witted and so runs away. On the road, he encounters a thief, a cheating dentist, an illusionist, a blind juggler, the smart pig and her owner and Master Tidball, a purveyor of oddities. Traveling with the last from fair to fair, he slowly befriends one of those oddities, a girl who is advertised as a cat. (She has hypertrichosis, a genetic disorder causing facial hair, as Cushman explains in her note.) The ragtag entourage also includes a dwarf. Along the way, readers get a flavor for Elizabethan foods, clothing and song. Cushman, a Newbery Award– and Honor–winning author for her historical novels featuring girls, now presents a boy as her protagonist. She sends him on an inner journey as well as a physical one, allowing him to grow in empathy and to see past people's physical appearances into their true character. A compelling coming-of-age road trip. (author's note, suggested reading, selected resources) (Historical fiction. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10153293
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cushman, Karen
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
810
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.C962
LC item number
Wil 2012
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Conduct of life
  • Freak shows
  • Runaways
  • Great Britain
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Europe
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts / Circus
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Runaways
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Will Sparrow's road, Karen Cushman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pp. 214-216)
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
216 p.
Isbn
9780547739625
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011045898
System control number
(OCoLC)772100579
Label
Will Sparrow's road, Karen Cushman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pp. 214-216)
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
216 p.
Isbn
9780547739625
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011045898
System control number
(OCoLC)772100579

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