Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell is a delightful tale of true love, courage and coming of age in the time period of Arthur of Camelot. A book of prose to savour with a nice cup of tea and a warm quilt over the legs on a leisurely afternoon or evening.
Our story is set during the early years of Arthur, King and Knight, harbinger of peace and tranquility, creator of Camelot and The Round Table. We learn of Arthur's story as mostly a background story as the main story is about Elaine, a young woman just shedding the cloak of youth.
The book is written in prose with a delightful sense of times long ago when the hours of reading were considered to be of grand importance. The story flows like the smooth waters cascading along the banks of a river slowly bringing us to a crest and then back to tranquil harmony.
We learn of the realization of what was considered real love and what in reality is true love. The lessons of ignorance contributing to danger through thinking of only our own person in comparison to what dangers can be brought to the group as a whole and the realization and courage to finally take the courage and actions to right what has been wronged.
Our author has given us a perfect representation of what is real prose and what should be in every High School English classroom. A story of chivalry, true love, jealousy, honor, devotion and unyielding courage to do what is right. This is a book to savour and enjoy which I most certainly did.
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 1, 2008)