Rumer Godden An Episode of Sparrows

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An Episode of Sparrows

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In post-war London, two street-tough children attempt to build a hidden garden, an act that awakens hidden courage in the children and profoundly disrupts the neighborhood.

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About the Author:

Rumer Godden (1907–1998) grew up in India, where her father ran a steamship company. When her husband left her penniless in Calcutta with two daughters to raise, she started to write books to pay off her many debts. She wrote more than sixty books for adults and young adults, including The Doll’s House, Impunity Jane, The Greengage Summer, An Episode of Sparrows and The Mousewife.

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"It’s a masterpiece of construction and utterly, realistically convincing — though it has a fairytale element too. Rumer Godden’s books are admired for many qualities...but I think her greatest strength is her accurate, unsentimental portrayal of children. Lovejoy, Tip and Sparkey were so real to me that they have stayed alive in my head for more than 50 years...An Episode of Sparrows was the first book that made me cry when I was ten. I cried all over again at this recent reading of the story — and I closed the book with the same sense of total satisfaction.”
—Jacqueline Wilson, New Spectator 

"It would be impossible for a reader not to feel better from reading the story...her rich understanding of human nature, her humor and her beautiful prose inevitably leave one aglow."
Chicago Tribune

"...an extraordinarily gifted writer who manages to infuse her novels with a special magic of their own."
Boston Herald

"May well prove the book of the year for those who are not ashamed to weep over the printed page...author Godden here tries her deft writing hand at landscaping a child’s heart."
Time

"It is a sentimental tale, well told, with an unlikely and entirely satisfactory ending."
The New Yorker

"It has a dizzying cast of characters, radiating out from the inhabitants of a once-gentel London residential square to the residents of the teeming commercial streets beyond."
The Horn Book

A gentle, poignant story, poetically conceived with a fairy godmother ending. Recommended for all...
— Library Journal

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