‘Song of the Sparrow’ by Lisa Ann Sandell is about Elaine of Ascolat (Lady of Shalott). It is one of my favourite books and I have read it and re-read it many times since 2007. It is actually from the ‘Children’s Area’ in the library, so it’s always kind of embarrassing to go there and choose a book from the little kid shelves.
The reason why I love this book so much is because of the storyline. It’s about a young girl (16, so I guess she’s not that young) who loves Lancelot and then she grows throughout the story and then realises that Lancelot isn’t as great as he seems.
Here’s the blurb:
Beautiful sixteen-year-old Elaine has a temperament as fiery as her long red hair. The daughter of a soldier in young Arthur’s army. Elaine is the sole girl in a militaristic world of men. Often slipping into daydreams, she wishes that the handsome Lancelot would see her as more than a tomboy.
Then a new girl arrives, and Elaine is thrilled – until Gwynivere proves to be cold and cruel. But when Elaine and Gwynivere are thrown into a situation of gravest danfer, the girls must band together in order to survive. Can Elaine find the strength to fight for the kingdom she has always believed in?
So, there we go. It’s a good easy read and it’s one of those books that is guaranteed to make me laugh and cry at the same time. I like how it is written in verse.
Lisa Ann Sandell has written a book called ‘The Weight of the Sky’. I’ve never read it, so I might read that one next!