Will Sparrow's Road by Karen Cushman

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Nor does Cushman wrap everything in a neat package. Her characters remain lost in the same vast world her readers know and fail to understand.
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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.
 

About Karen Cushman

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Karen Cushman's acclaimed historical novels include Catherine, Called Birdy, a Newbery Honor winner, and The Midwife's Apprentice, which received the Newbery Medal. She lives on Vashon Island in Washington State. Her website is www.karencushmanbooks.com.
 
Published November 6, 2012 by Clarion Books. 224 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Michael Sims on Dec 14 2012

Nor does Cushman wrap everything in a neat package. Her characters remain lost in the same vast world her readers know and fail to understand.

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