I got this book from PBS because I liked the author's frank and realistic spin on medieval travels. She really outdid herself in this book that takes place in England just before the time of the French Revolution. It starts out with young Sprat--who decides that dying in a ditch seems to be taking too long.
This is a book about traveling circus carnies, growing up, first love, real love, and 5 years of life well lived. It is full of good intentions, poor choices, and forgiveness. Ms. Brown brings to life the charming and gritty experiences of performing for your supper--and how adaptable people are in order to survive.
I am vague on the plot because it was so much better for me when I read it without having seen a review. There are so many things that surprise and entertain throughout the book that would have been ruined if they were hinted to beforehand. The author lends voice enough to the book that you can sense where things are leading, and the main character has a lot of inner dialogue that almost makes the book seem as if a friend were writing to you about what has happened.
take a chance and read this book--it has become one of my favorites. You'll have to find your own copy though--mine is staying with me!