Rowan Hood, Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest Audio CD – Sep 1 2002
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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.
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7-Another entry into the popular genre of "alternate" tales, this is the story of Robin Hood's daughter by the woodwife Celandine. When her mother is immolated by the local gentry, 13-year-old Ro is left to fend for herself. She has no other family-her mother was part aelfe and ostracized by her human family-and she has never met her father. She disguises herself as a boy and makes her way to Sherwood Forest. She quickly makes an enemy of Guy of Gisborn, the local thug, and then becomes an outlaw. Ro eventually finds Robin and his men, but, fearing that he won't want a girl around, she doesn't tell him who she is. She forms her own band of comrades: her wolf-dog Tykell; Lionel, an oafish bard with a magical voice; and Etty, a runaway princess. When Robin is captured and sentenced to death, Ro and her friends rescue him and she treats his wounds. She reveals her secret and the two of them promise to be nearby when there is need. Ro is a likable character but her story is not well paced. The characters are not given ample time to develop, and story lines are not fully explored. Readers seem to be dropped in the middle of some scenes, and it takes a minute to figure out what is happening. Still, those who liked Theresa Tomlinson's The Forestwife (1995) and Child of the May (1998, both Orchard) will probably enjoy this one as well, though they will wish to know more.
Cheri Estes, Detroit Country Day Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
The tale of Robin Hood just never seems to get old. I would disagree with the posted age suggestion and say ages 7-10. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Flame_926
An awesome book by far! If you like female heroines and tales of Robin and his Merry Men this is the book for you! Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2003
I really liked this book I would encourage other people to read this book if they really like adventures and Robin Hood.
In this book Rowan Hood is Robin Hood's daughter. Read more
I loved Rowan Hood. I am a huge fan of books and I adore long books because they last longer. My only wish for Rowan Hood is that it were longer or had a sequal. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2001
I'm Ali from Texas and I read Rowan Hood Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest in the middle of the night and I couldn't put it down! Read morePublished on July 25 2001