The Sherwood Proof
(The Lily Sparrow Chronicles #3)
By Kristee Ravan
Middle-Grade, Fairy Tale, Fantasy
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Lily Sparrow has finally created an equation for being a good princess. Things are adding up and making sense, and she’s even growing a measurable amount more excited about her future. But unexpected variables keep being tossed into her equation:
1. Carole Claus is facing her first hurdle as Santa. She needs Lily’s help.
2. Lily’s Half-Birthday–an important Smythian tradition–is coming up, requiring her to find time to prepare for it.
3. Her algebra teacher has an unusual (and stressful plan) for Lily.
4. Lily remains convinced that her mom is hiding something from her.
5. The investigation into the traitor is an on-going source of stress and tension at work for Lily and Calo.
6. Oh, and Calo’s still betrothed to Su’Sauna, making life difficult and confusing all around.
Will Lily be able to place these variables securely in her equation?
Will the Sparrow family find a way to convince their critics they are
good for the Kingdom? Or will everything fall apart–subtracting all the
good will Lily has already earned from her citizens?
Ravan. Kristee. The Sherwood Proof. 2021.
I recently read through the first three volumes in Kristee Ravan’s Lily Sparrow Chronicles. I found them very enjoyable. I think that older elementary and middle school students will enjoy this fantasy spin on fairy tales. So far each title has had a focus on one fairy tale or legend but characters in other tales have made their way into the stories as well.
Many girls dream of being a princess. Many children with a deceased parent dream of the parent really being alive. When Lily found out on her 15th birthday in The Cinderella Theorem that her father was really alive and that she was a princess, her world was turned upside down. She was on a path to achieve great things in math which over the course of the first three books in the series she finds she will not be able to do.
The underlying message in The Sherwood Proof is the importance of doing what is right and putting duty over personal feelings. These can be difficult topics for the target audience, but Kristee Ravan handles this topic in a way that her audience will understand and hopefully buy into.
Readers will recognize several characters from previous stories as they continue to play a role in Lily’s life. Readers will also be surprised by some new characters who are introduced. Ravan has a way of creating plot twists which keep her readers reading.
Even though there were several years between the publication of Calculating Christmas and The Sherwood Proof Ravan maintained a consistency with her fantasy world and character profiles across the series. I hope it won’t be several more years before The Lily Sparrow Chronicles continue.
I recommend reading the books in the series in order, although there may be enough back story included for readers to understand what is happening.
I think The Sherwood Proof and the other titles in The Lily Sparrow Chronicles are appropriate for a k-12 Christian school library. I think upper elementary students and older will enjoy this series.
I received a complimentary copy of The Sherwood Proof. This is my honest review.
About the Author – Kristee Ravan
Kristee Ravan lives in Oklahoma with her husband, daughter, and pet fish, Val (short for Valentine). She wanted to be many things as she grew up including a general, an artist, and an architect. But she never bothered to say, “I want to be a writer when I grow up.” She was always writing stories and thought of herself as a writer anyway. She sent her first story to a publisher in the sixth grade. (It was rejected – in a nice way.) When she is not making up stories in her head, she enjoys reading, juggling, green smoothies, playing dollhouse with her daughter, and hearing from her fans. You can contact Kristee at the Facebook page for her Lily Sparrow books: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles.
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