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Rowan Hood, Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest [Audio CD]

Nancy Springer
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Sept. 1 2002 Rowan Hood (Prebound)
She has never met her father-the outlaw folks call Robin Hood. But with her mother murdered and no one to care for her, thirteen-year-old Rowan has no choice but to track him down. Disguised as a boy, she picks up a band of followers, including Lionel, the gentle giant, and Ettarde, the runaway princess. Together, this motley crew will have to stick together if they are to survive the perils of Sherwood Forest. But when Robin Hood himself finds his life in danger, can Rowan prove she is worthy of carrying on the family legend?

This adventurous book by award-winning author Nancy Springer opens a whole new chapter in Robin Hood lore.
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Hurray for Rowan Hood, the girls' answer to swashbuckling Robin Hood! Rowan, a.k.a. Rosemary, is forced to disappear into the woods disguised as a boy after her mother, a woodwife with healing powers, is murdered by the local lord's henchmen. Ro's only option, other than "toiling in some lord's cabbage patch," is to find her fabled father, Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest. Along the way, this outlaw-in-training is joined by a motley crew of characters: a wolf-dog that catches arrows midflight, a giant of a boy with a spellbinding musical talent, and a runaway princess. Rowan finds Robin Hood and his merry men, but she soon discovers her troubles have only just begun.

Packed with magic, valiant warriors, nasty villains, and edge-of-your-seat adventure, this story is also a poignant search for identity and family. Rowan is a fierce female protagonist with a good head on her shoulders. Girls and boys of all ages would be proud to name her as their heroine. Award-winning author Nancy Springer (I Am Mordred: A Tale from Camelot and many others) tells a riveting tale. (Ages 11 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 5-7-This recording of Nancy Springer's novel, Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest (Philomel, 2001) is read by actress Emily Gray. Rowan is actually Rosemary, a 13-year-old who disguises herself as a boy and goes into hiding when her mother, the woodwife Celandine, is murdered. Ro has never met her father, Robin Hood, nor her mother's people, the aelfe, or old ones. But in this lively adventure, she finds Robin, saves him from certain death, reveals herself to him, and makes a connection with the aelfe. In the process, she creates her own band of outlaws: a wolf-dog, a foolish but well-meaning minstrel boy, and a runaway princess. Gray reads the story well, with just the right amount of expression and variation among the characters' voices. She even sings the minstrel's songs in a clear, simple voice.
Sarah Flowers, Santa Clara County Library, Morgan Hill, CA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gathering coltsfoot at the edge of the forest, pulling the plants, roots and all, with tough steel knife, Rosemary had just straightened when she felt her mother's protection wrap around her, so strong it made her drop her basket. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good story in the woods April 28 2004
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(...)I liked this story. I thought it was a really, really good book but not perfect. The only thing that kept it from being the best was that the author gave away too much too soon sometimes.
Rowan Hood is about a girl whose house is burned down by a bad person (I'm not going to tell you who though since I don't want to spoil the story). The bad person goes on to capture and kill her mother leaving Rowan with only a father who she has never met and who lives out in the woods. Rowan is forced to use her toy bow and arrow to hunt for food to survive but eventually her skills get better and so do her weapons.
My favorite character was Guy of Gisborn. He is a bad guy who hunts outlaws but he does a lot of exciting things that make the book more adventurous.
I liked this book because there is a lot of adventure and surprises along the way. I would recommend you buy this book if you are into books that are set in the time of knights and archers. I think both kids and grownups will like this book.
If you like this book, I think you will also like The Dragon Slayer's Academy series and the Deltora Quest series.
I hope you like this book as much as I did.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A young girl in the Robin Hood universe Feb. 19 2004
This is a pleasant story about a young girl whose mother has just been killed. The young girl, Rowan, realizes that life could become very hard. She had been told that Robin Hood is her father, and so she goes looking for him.
She has adventures on the way to Sherwood Forrest. There are a number of minor miracles. She picks up a dog who becomes her protector. This has a bit of fantasy and she meets up with some elves who give her some help.
She finally meets Robin Hood, and isn't sure at first if she can trust him. They have some adventures together.
The ending is a bit silly. A group of young children are suppose to somehow survive the dangerous woods. It is very exiting, and fun for young children to read about, but only by a steady stream of minor miracles would they be able to survive.
The story has a good feel for seeing medieval times through the eyes of a young girl. The story is an easy read. Most young girls will probably enjoy the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fresh look at the Robin Hood Tales Feb. 4 2004
A tale of Robin's young, innocent daughter, Rowan, finding her place in a world suddenly made harsh by the death of her mother. Along the way she blooms in adversity and meets new friends, two legged or four, each of them helping her come to terms with her destiny. The story ends with her and all of the characters given much room for further development, though Rowan given a firmer base than her other companions, understandably. I find that it was a good place to end considering there is obviously a sequel for one of the other main characters.
It is a nice relaxing book for those who have read too much drama and darkness in the different versions of Robin Hood. However, if it is your first time into the world of Robin Hood, make sure you're young enough to enjoy it at face value, for while the themes of the story have depth, it was written for children after all.
It was all excellently put together and I would keep this book (and perhaps its entire forthcoming series) on my shelves for my kids when I have them, right beside "Tuck Everlasting" and "Bridge to Terabithia".
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When her half-aelfe mother, Celandine, is murdered, thirteen-year-old Rosemary Hood finds that she has no choice but to go find the father she has never known---the famous outlaw of Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood. Disguising herself as a boy, and taking the name Rowan, she begins her daring journey into Sherwood Forest to track down her father. Soon she enlists the help of a band of followers, including Lionel, the cowardly giant, who has a gift with music, a runaway princess, and a half-wolf, half-dog. Together this strange pairing of people must survive the many perils of Sherwood Forest. However when Rowan gets the news that Robin Hood had been captured, can she gather up her courage to go and save him? Can she live up to her famous name?
I had high expectations for Nancy Springer's book Rowan and many of them were met, though not all. As always Nancy Springer weaves together a great fantasy tale, but somehow Rowan just doesn't pass to me as a heroine. This book is still good and I do recommend people who enjoy fantasy to read it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Falls flat March 23 2002
I thoroughly enjoyed the last two outings for YA by Nancy Springer, both Arthurian tales that added a dark and tragic tinge to famed but 2-D characters. "Rowan Hood," a tale of Robin Hood's daughter in Sherwood Forest, doesn't really make me go "wow!" Maybe my expectations were too high.
Thirteen-year-old Rosemary lives with her woodwife mother Celandine (who is also part aelfe) in the forest -- until one day when the lord's horsemen ride in and burn the cottage -- and Celandine with it. Rosemary is left alone and with two options: Live in the woods and be killed eventually by the lord's men, or go to the village and be parceled off to a husband. She chooses the third option: Go off into the woods to find her father, the famed Robin Hood.
Rosemary disguises herself as a boy and heads off. Before long she encounters the mystical aelfe, a gentle giant with a gift for beautiful music, a princess running from an arrange marriage, and a wolf-dog who becomes her steadfast friend. And soon she finds that Robin Hood himself is in danger -- can she help?
Nancy Springer's use of atmosphere and mystical surroundings is as good as ever; she becomes a little less descriptive in ordinary surroundings. The actual plot is a strained idea in itself; and the product feels very bland and bloodless. It focuses less on characterization and more on the heroes dashing from one place to the next.
One of the problems is that I didn't find Rosemary particularly compelling as a heroine. Heroes like her are a dime a dozen in fantasy, and there are really no thoughts or responses from her that make her in any way interesting. The idea of a gentle giant is hardly new, but given a good twist by making him a master minstrel.
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