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Will Sparrow's Road

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In his thirteenth year, Will Sparrow, liar and thief, becomes a runaway. On the road, he encounters a series of con artists—a pickpocket, a tooth puller, a pig trainer, a conjurer—and learns that others are more adept than he at lying and thieving. Then he reluctantly joins a traveling troupe of "oddities," including a dwarf and a cat-faced girl, holding himself apart from the "monsters" and resolving to be on guard against further deceptions. At last Will is forced to understand that appearances are misleading and that  he has been his own worst deceiver. The rowdy world of market fairs in Elizabethan England is the colorful backdrop for Newbery medalist Cushman's new comic masterpiece.  This ebook includes a sample chapter of THE MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 29, 2012 – Impudent, headstrong, and a liar and a thief, 12-year-old Will Sparrow is also a hero to remember in this rousing story from Newbery Medalist Cushman (The Midwife s Apprentice), set in Elizabethan England. Abandoned by his mother and sold by his alcoholic father to an abusive innkeeper in exchange for unlimited ale, Will soon winds up on the dangerous open road. Will tries to outsmart a stellar cast of thieves, tricksters, and con artists underestimating all of them and getting taken advantage of repeatedly. He eventually finds a place on the circuit of fairs with Master Tidball and his caravan of oddities and prodigies, which includes the world s smartest pig and a whiskered woman billed as half-cat ( It seemed to Will that Master Tidball made a good living for someone who did nothing but watch others work. Will himself could do that, he thought ). Offering action, humor, and heart in equal doses, Cushman s story is, at its core, about creating and claiming a family of one s own. Readers will be ready to follow Will anywhere from the very first page. Ages 10 14.
Will Sparrow's Road
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  • $6.99
  • Level: Grades 5-7
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Nov 04, 2014
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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