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Song of the Sparrow

Song of the Sparrow
By Lisa Ann Sandell
Scholastic, Inc, 2007
Audience: All teens

From Goodreads:
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?

I was going to try and blog about a lot of books in verse in April, because April is National Poetry Month. Needless to say, that did not happen. But I had good intentions. This was one of the titles I had on my "in verse TBR stack." Mostly, I put it there because it's about the Lady of Shalott. (The one that Anne of Green Gables is a big fan of. I TOTALLY get why. What a story.)

I have never learned about King Arthur. I never knew if he was real or legend or what. I have always wanted to learn, and this book seemed like a good place to start. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm not big on in-verse books in the first place, mostly because a vast majority are about serious (unpleasant) subjects. I still prefer non-in-verse books.

So there's a lot of drama and it's kind of like high school. It seems like no one likes anyone that likes them back. Ya always want what you can't have. Only this one takes place during a war. I liked reading about the dynamic between Gwynivere and Elaine. I loved that the author chose to empower these women, when past writers have not. There's nothing better than reading about a strong lady!

The author's note in the back -- super helpful. Usually author's notes are short and still leave me with questions, but not this one!