The Sherwood Proof (The Lily Sparrow Chronicles)by Kristee Ravan
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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OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
What Your Should Know if You’re New to the Lily Sparrow Chronicles
1. You don’t have to be good at math to enjoy the books. Lily does love math (like way
more than is normal), but if there is anything that needs to be explained, it will be. You
won’t be lost.
2. Lily’s family history is complicated. When The Cinderella Theorem (book 1) opens, Lily
believes her family is just her and her mom, Ginnie. But before the first chapter ends,
she finds out her dad isn’t dead like she thought, and before the third chapter ends, she
finds out he’s actually the King of a fairytale kingdom accessible only through her
bathtub, and she’s the future queen. In Calculating Christmas (book 2), Lily finds out
about her Uncle Marcus, who was supposed to be king, but vanished, leaving his
brother, Matt, to rule. And even though she doesn’t have concrete proof, Lily is sure her
mom is lying about her own parents and why they never visit.
3. The name of the kingdom is E. G. Smythe’s Salty Fire Land. It’s a bit of a mouthful. It’s
shortened name is Smythe’s SFL. E. G. Smythe (pronounced Smith) isn’t a person. The
whole name is an anagram for “fairy tales, myths, legends.” All the citizens of the
kingdom are characters in fairy tales, myths, and legends. Incidentally, the Smythians
call the world you and I live in OtherWorld. Citizens of Smythe’s SFL can either be
fictional--from the stories--or naturally created which would be someone who is mortal
and not from a story.
4. Carole Claus is now Santa Claus. Carole is a good friend to Lily even if she is a bit
sarcastic and calls her Algebra. Back in Calculating Christmas, Carole, Santa’s youngest
child, was kind of an angry, sullen, goth chick. However, she had a secret love for
Christmas. (She was able to keep it a secret because she spent most of her time on the
Naughty List.) Things at the North Pole became so bad for Carole, that she actually
moved out and began planning to live her life in OtherWorld. But after a Christmas crisis,
neither of Carole’s brothers were able to be the next Santa. Surprisingly, Carole was
chosen to take the job on. She’s a lot happier now.
5. Happily Ever After is a real thing in Smythe’s SFL. But if you have begun living Happily
Ever After, you can also vanish, which must be avoided. If you get too unhappy, you
vanish. If you vanish, you put your tale at risk for vanishing too. Happiologists in the
kingdom monitor everyone’s Happiness and work with the citizens to make sure they are
staying Happy and not in danger of vanishing. Lily is currently training as a Happiologist.
Protecting the kingdom’s people from vanishing is a big part of what her future role as
Queen will be.
6. The situation with Calo is complicated squared. Calo is Lily’s partner at HEA (The Office
of Happily Ever After Affairs, where the Happiologists work). At the end of The Cinderella
Theorem, Calo and Lily get out of a sticky situation by achieving a Happily Ever After
together. (He declared his love for her and kissed her.) However, Lily’s parents didn’t
want her to be living Happily Ever After as a teenager. Teenage hormones and the wild
mood swings of the first months of living Happily Ever After don’t mix well. They aren’t
thrilled about the kiss. And Calo testified that he’d only caused the Happily Ever After
because he knew it would be the fastest way to get home. Throughout Calculating
Christmas, Lily is confused about what Calo’s feelings are. He seems to be trying to tell
her something but never does. At the kingdom’s annual Masquerade Ball, he finally tells
her he’s actually (technically) betrothed to another girl (Su’Sauna). He also tells her that
he doesn’t plan to marry Su’Sauna, but legally, he has to fulfill the betrothal contract his
parents made. This news was so shocking and upsetting to Lily that she almost
vanished which was very scary. When that book ends, things are still confusing between
the two of them.
7. Even though she now knows about her destiny and lives in Smythe’s SFL, Lily still goes
to school in OtherWorld which is unusual for a Future Protector. Lily needed something
to be constant for her while everything else was changing. Her dad agreed and made
the decision that she could finish high school if she agreed to some conditions. One of
those is her body guard, Eric, who is enrolled as a student and in all her classes.
However, not everyone in the kingdom is thrilled about Lily’s continued ties to
OtherWorld. The ProFictionists--who would rather be ruled by a fictional citizen than a
naturally created one--are vocal and regularly protest about Lily going to school.
8. The Agency is run by Kara Kemmer. It is an organization similar to the CIA. They
provide whatever is necessary for the security and protection of the kingdom.
Sometimes an agent will be a bodyguard, sometimes they will decrypt intelligence from
their enemies in Uppish Senna, and sometimes they will investigate crimes in the
kingdom itself. When Calculating Christmas ends, Kara sends a letter to King Matt
letting him know the Rose Crystal had to have been stolen by someone who worked at
HEA. (The Rose Crystal is required to dilate time so that Santa can deliver all the toys
on Christmas Eve.) The Sherwood Proof opens in the middle of this on-going
9. Lily is ridiculously busy. Besides school, she works at HEA three times a week, learning
to be a Happiologist. Two other afternoons are taken up with learning princess etiquette,
dancing, embroidery, calligraphy, and various other things a princess needs to know with
her governess, Miss Reed and general Smythian history and politics with her tutor,
Merlin. (Yes, that Merlin.) She meets with them both again on Saturdays, and on Sunday
afternoons she meets with her dad to discuss current events and other things before
they have a weekly tea party at which they invite several citizens for a visit. There’s a lot
more to being a princess than wearing pretty dresses and a tiara.
10. Lily’s mom, Queen Ginnie, is a famous and distracted writer. She is often so focused on
her characters that she misses important things Lily is telling her. She’s also pregnant. If
the baby is a girl, she plans to name her after a flower to match Lily’s name: Daisy,
Violet, Lavender. If it’s a boy, she wants to name it after a tree. She thinks there aren’t
any masculine flower names. Tree names in contention are Pine, Elm, Dogwood. Matt
and Lily are hoping the baby will be a girl.
About Kristee RavanKristee Ravan lives in Oklahoma with her husband, children, and pet cat, Kasidy. She wanted to be many things as 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, playing games with her family, and hearing from her fans. You can contact Kristee at the Facebook page for her Lily Sparrow books: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles or on her author page: Kristee Ravan.
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