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The Sherwood Proof (The Lily Sparrow Chronicles #3)
by Kristee Ravan
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The Sherwood Proof
(The Lily Sparrow Chronicles #3)
by Kristee Ravan
Middle-Grade, Fairy Tale, Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 569 Pages
November 23, 2021 by Kristee Ravan
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?
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Guest Post: Why I Heart Beauty and the Beast
Everyone’s got a favorite fairy tale and mine is Beauty and the Beast. There are a lot of reasons this tale could be my favorite, but the truth is there’s only one reason that it is my very favorite.
It is not my favorite because I watched 31 days in a row in the seventh grade. We got the Disney version as a Christmas gift, and my sister made watching it every single day her New Year’s resolution for 1993. We made it through January. Then I think my dad hid the tape. But hiding the tape could not make me forget all the words to the songs (Little town, such a quiet village…).
It is not my favorite because of all the books in that Disney version. Although I do really like books and including them made the Disney version awesome.
It’s not even my favorite because Beauty’s dad finds a hidden castle in the woods that is perpetually in summer. (I’ve switched from the Disney version to the original version now.) Who wouldn’t love to find a hidden castle/civilization/world in the woods? Or behind the neighbors’ really tall fence. Or in the refrigerator. Also the ability to control the weather would be nice.
It’s not my favorite because the Beast demands that one of the dad’s daughters (he has six) come and take his place for the crime of stealing a rose. That’s crazy. But I do like that the Beast made sure whoever came to him would be coming willingly. He wants to make sure she’s brave and that she has a good character, willing to sacrifice herself for her dad. The Beast has standards. (Although his fastidiousness about the roses is a bit extreme.)
It’s not even my favorite because Beauty sacrificed herself for her father and her family. That’s something I love about this tale and I draw from this element in The Cinderella Theorem, the first book in this series. A lot of fairy tales have heroines who have something unfortunate happen to them. They are just sort of helpless against their fate and then things get better. Beauty already had a good (not great) life. She already had her “better,” and she chose to make her life worse so someone else’s would be better.
But the reason this is my favorite fairy tale and that I heart it—and you should too—is that they don’t fall in love instantly. They don’t fall in love because he found her shoe or kissed her awake. They get to know each other. And yes, he does weirdly ask her to marry him every night, but after she says no (each night), they talk and become friends. They learned how to communicate and respect each other.
Beauty and the Beast is a good picture of what it takes to make a relationship work. You need time, courage, commitment, and the willingness to put the needs of the other first. Also, if one of you has a hidden castle in the woods full of gold, it wouldn’t hurt.
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About the author
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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