An Episode of Sparrows

Author: Rumer Godden
Reviewer's age: Grade 7

I've read Rumer Godden most of my life, yet An Episode of Sparrows is the first book of hers that shows the talented writer of adult books she is. She has created a tale of love, hate, joy, and pain. The story takes place in London at the turn of the century; this setting makes the story interesting and different. The story follows an abandoned child, Lovejoy, whose selfish mother leaves her with a poor, yet kind family. Lovejoy feels misplaced, and to fill that gap in her life starts a garden. Even though I don't like Lovejoy's character, I'm fascinated by it. Lovejoy is a mean, negative character, yet she knows what she wants and is determined to get it. With little to start with Lovejoy collects knowlege and materials and creates her garden and her life. Lovejoy's determination and cleverness makes this the great book it is.