An Episode of Sparrowsby Rumer Godden
Someone has dug up the private garden in the square and taken buckets of dirt, and Miss Angela Chesney of the Garden Committee is sure that a gang of boys from run-down Catford Street must be to blame. But Angela's sister Olivia isn't so sure. Olivia wonders why the neighborhood children—the/i>
A much-loved English novel reminiscent of The Secret Garden
Someone has dug up the private garden in the square and taken buckets of dirt, and Miss Angela Chesney of the Garden Committee is sure that a gang of boys from run-down Catford Street must be to blame. But Angela's sister Olivia isn't so sure. Olivia wonders why the neighborhood children—the “sparrows” she sometimes watches from the window of her house —have to be locked out of the garden. Don't they have a right to enjoy the place, too? But neither Angela nor Olivia has any idea what sent the neighborhood waif Lovejoy Mason and her few friends in search of “good, garden earth.” Still less do they imagine where their investigation of the incident will lead them—to a struggling restaurant, a bombed-out church, and at the heart of it all, a hidden garden.
—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."
"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
- Penguin Publishing Group
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)
- Age Range:
- 10 - 14 Years
Meet 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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Anglophiles, Rumer Godden fans, readers of good fiction will not be disappointed in this finely-crafted story. This new edition seems to be marketed towards younger readers, but for all that there are children in it, and playing major parts, it is a story for all who want to understand the big picture, if you will. Miss Godden's incredible talent for drawing together many different threads to weave her tale is irresistable, in An Episode of Sparrows and all of her fiction, in fact.