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Posted March 1, 2014
a fractured fairy tale and a play on character. this is a great
a fractured fairy tale and a play on character.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
this is a great story, using the myths of the Robin hood legend while Richard the Lion Heart has been delayed in his return his brother John has made a claim to his throne. This affects all of the people with in his country, including will Shackley. Will Shackley is a rogue of a noble son, who is forced by the knifing plots of the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Sir Guy who in attempt of gaining the support of John by Will's uncle have taken his lands, killed his uncle and enslaved his people. At first taken by bandits of Sherwood, he tries his stake at revenge only to learn his people his serfs needed his help through the difficult and trying time. It is Will who changes history and begins robbing the rich paying the poor.
Posted October 21, 2013
I received this from the publisher via Netgalley. No compensatio
I received this from the publisher via Netgalley. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review in any way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Will is the son of a castle Lord who is off fighting in King Richard's crusades. He lives in the time of Robin Hood. When King Richard and those traveling with him (Will's father among them), are captured, Richard's brother, King John, begins to wreak havoc on his subjects. Will's castle is taken from him and, after fleeing, he is forced to join a group of bandits in Sherwood forest as their prisoner.
Robin Hood has always kind of interested me even though I've never really read up on him. I know the basics. He steals from the rich and gives to the poor. But Will in Scarlet isn't Robin Hood specifically. It's about Will who makes the band of Merry Men, more than it is when he first meets them. It's the story of a boy, who helps Robin Hood become the legend we know him as.
I didn't love all of the characters individually. I liked them but the best part for me was how they all mixed with each other. The cast was full of men and boys with really just one girl among them pretending to be a boy. It was definitely a welcomed change from all of the girl protagonists I've been reading about.
You can definitely tell Will in Scarlet was written by a man and it was more enjoyable because of that. With the mostly male cast, it lent a more authentic feel in a story where a young boy is living among a group of stinky bandits who wouldn't be bandits if they could make an honest living. Meaning, they were mostly good people. They're camping and on the run for the majority of the book. Will has memories of getting into mischief like all boys do when they're young. How Will remembers things and reacts to things was more enjoyable.
The writing itself was great. Mr. Cody didn't dumb it down for his audience which I appreciate because kids aren't idiots. The story was the perfect young adventure. Quite frankly, Will in Scarlet makes me miss these type of books. It takes real talent to write a middle grade novel with the type of quality people like Matthew Cody and John Flanagan provide. But I think with Cody having an even younger protagonist (Will is 13), makes the feat all that more impressive. The plot was serious but not too serious for his audience. And I didn't know how exactly this book would end. It's the type of novel that makes its target audience's reading much richer than it may otherwise be.
Personally, I think anyone who writes middle grade novels or who wants to can learn a thing or two from Mr. Cody.
Posted October 12, 2013
I liked this book. I have always enjoyed anything Robin Hood. Mo
I liked this book. I have always enjoyed anything Robin Hood. Most stories and movies seemed silly to me. This book is aimed at the younger readers but the general plot here makes more sense than any of the others. Matthew did a great job of creating his characters. He didn't make them idolized heroes but he did make real flesh and blood people with lots of personal quirks. I was surprised at the ending and as I don't do spoilers I guess you will have to get and read it yourself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2013
Fabulous Historical Adventure for Younger Readers!
Middle grade readers can hitch a ride back in time to merry old England, filled with medieval castles, sword fights and thieves who rob from the rich and give to the poor! Sound familiar? Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody is filled with adventure, danger and larger than life action as a thirteen-year-old boy must flee for his life from his father’s castle as it is overrun by treacherous and scheming villains looking to gain power, wealth and favor in the eyes of the crown. Young William is captured by a merry band of thieves in Sherwood Forest. Meet Rob, the leader, Much, the young and daring thief who is a master of disguise, and all the rest of the band of thieves as Will becomes one of them to seek revenge for the crimes against his family.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Filled with historical facts, fancy and rich imagination and color, Will in Scarlet is not a flowery version of the lives of these thieves, but more a tale of a young man’s personal growth through adversity as he sees the world as it really is for those not as fortunate as he had been and his determination to make life easier on the less fortunate. That he can exact his own brand of revenge becomes almost secondary to his desire to see justice done.
Matthew Cody’s fast-paced and crisp writing style will capture the younger reader’s mind and fill their imaginations with pictures of the past and how difficult life was for all, while giving them a hero they can relate to. His characters have their own charm, they have flaws, but in the end, doing the right thing and making the best of what life has handed them is a lesson learned.
This ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Random House Children's Books in exchange for my honest review.