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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (221 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Cushman Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lively and amusing…Cushman’s details have the surprising aptness of an Elizabeth Enright story—or, to step outside children’s books, a Raymond Chandler novel.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “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.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fascinating, sometimes seemingly preposterous, details are solidly corroborated in the informative author’s note that reflects Cushman’s extensive research.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A compelling coming-of-age road trip.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • Selected for the Winter 2012 Kids' Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abby Johnson | 2/18/2014

    " Another hit from narrator Katherine Kellgren. She brings this audiobook to life and greatly contributed to my enjoyment of the story. Of particular delight to me is Ms. Kellgren's singing throughout the book (even when she's portraying some of the more tone-deaf characters) because I think singing the songs helps bring the time period to life in a way that reading the lyrics does not. The audiobook is fully voiced, expertly as you'd expect from this seasoned reader. I'd recommend this tale to fans of Karen Cushman's previous historical novels or anyone interested in Renaissance England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lauren | 2/16/2014

    " Another good book from Karen Cushman. No surprise! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 2/12/2014

    " Very detailed history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda | 2/10/2014

    " Great historical fiction with memorable characters. "

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