Song of the Sparrow, by Lisa Ann Sandell, is an engaging plot line written in verse easy enough for teen readers to decipher. Its playful poetry draws in the audience to the tale of a young girl battling with young love, omens telling her that her loved ones might perish in war, and the loss of a mother at a young age. I liked the title of this book as it refers to Elaine's gut instinct and conscience. The readers knew something was unusual when the sparrow flitted inside of Elaine. When the sparrow flew off, it indicated Elaine's freedom. This book definitely leans towards the feminine audience as it is filled with the battle of a girl or woman's place in a man's world. It is also a very interesting read to those who love history, especially the middle ages, and the tales of King Arthur, Lancelot, and Gwynivere.
Reviewed by Alexis K., Grade 10