Will Sparrow calls himself a thief and a liar but he is truthful about one thing: he IS a thief, having completely stolen my heart in Karen Cushman’s forthcoming book, Will Sparrow’s Road.
Sold by a drunken father, and about to be sold again, Will runs away. He is snookered by a dentist and a female purse pincher as he seeks a place to belong, ending up with a motley crew of “prodigies and oddities.” Will gets a job drumming up customers to view such curiosities as the Mermaid Baby and Cat Girl. He comes to realize that people are not always what they seem and that even the smallest of men can possess the greatest amount of courage.
This is long-ago England and times — and people! — are hard and cruel. Will Sparrow’s road is full of bumps and bruises, but also moments of joy and hope. I am so looking forward to re-reading this so that I can fully savor and appreciate Karen Cushman’s story-telling gifts. No one else I know could put so much meaning behind a single pair of boots.
I’m sorry you’ll have to wait until November to read this grand adventure (I received an ARC from the publisher). Trust me — it is worth the wait!