Song of the Sparrow
Author: Lisa Ann Sandell
Grade Level Equivalent:
Poetry and Rhymes, Legends and Myths, Verse Novel
Women's History and Experience, Courage, Bravery, Heroism, Equality, Fairness, Justice, Honor, Romantic Relationships, Adolescent Issues
The year is 490 AD. Fiery 16-year-old Elaine of Ascolat, the daughter of one of King Arthur's supporters, lives with her father on Arthur's base camp, the sole girl in a militaristic world of men. Elaine's only girl companion is the mysterious Morgan, Arthur's older sister, but Elaine cannot tell Morgan her deepest secret: She is in love with Lancelot, Arthur's second-in-command. However, when yet another girl — the lovely Gwynivere— joins their world, Elaine is confronted with startling emotions of jealousy and rivalry. But can her love for Lancelot survive the birth of an empire?
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Lisa Ann Sandell is the author of The Weight of the Sky, a young adult anthology, entitled "See Me;" and most recently, Song of the Sparrow, a novel in verse that retells the story of King Arthur and the Lady of Shalott. She is also a children's book editor.