Hawksmaid: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian
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Hawksmaid: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian

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by Kathryn Lasky
     
 

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Before she was Maid Marian, Robin Hood's legendary love, she was simply known as Matty. . . .

Daughter of one of England's most famous falconers, Matty knows her destiny lies with her father's magnificent birds even before she begins to hear their thoughts and speak their language. As tragedy strikes close to home and the sinister sheriff of Nottingham rises to

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Before she was Maid Marian, Robin Hood's legendary love, she was simply known as Matty. . . .

Daughter of one of England's most famous falconers, Matty knows her destiny lies with her father's magnificent birds even before she begins to hear their thoughts and speak their language. As tragedy strikes close to home and the sinister sheriff of Nottingham rises to power, Matty's friend Fynn is forced to become Robin Hood and she herself becomes Maid Marian.

In a world of kidnapping, royalty, daring adventure, and deadly peril, Robin needs Matty and her beautiful merlin Marigold to help save a kingdom.

Bestselling author Kathryn Lasky soars to magnificent new heights here, giving us a bold tale of bravery and romance.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Stephanie R. Pearmain
This book is in two parts. Book One, "When Robin Hood was Fynn and When Maid Marian was Matty," tells the story of young Matty and Fynn, and their friends. Matty is the only girl in the group and at times the boys leave her out even though she is often better at things such as building tree houses and strategizing important plans. It is twelfth-century England and Prince John is plotting to steal the crown from Richard who has gone off to the Crusades. The poor are getting poorer and those in control are becoming more greedy and corrupt. After Matty's father's castle is overthrown and her mother murdered, Matty and her father slip into poverty like many other people. Her father teaches her to become a falconer and soon she masters the art more than her father ever did. As Matty, Fynn, and the boys become aware that the new abbess is corrupt and clearly in on a plan to steal the crown, they decide to help fight for their king and the people of their country. In Book Two, "When Fynn Became Robin Hood and When Matty Became Maid Marian," Matty, Fynn, and the boys change their names. Maid Marian goes to work as a scullery maid in Nottingham Castle to try to uncover any secrets she can. Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men steal from the rich and give to the poor. Marian makes an enemy of the abbess and barely escapes Nottingham. Eventually she is captured by the abbess and held in the part of the castle where dying lepers are kept. Marian, weak from hunger, melds with one of her falcons and manages to retrieve the five rubies the abbess is after. These she delivers to Queen Eleanor so she can pay the ransom for Richard, who was captured and imprisoned. Meanwhile, Robin and his Merry Men break into the castle to save Marian, who is near death. Robin and Marian finally confess their love for each other and King Richard knights Marian, thus validating that she is not "just a woman" among the troupe of men, but one of the primary leaders and the one responsible for rescuing the king. The second book is much more of a page turner than the first. The action picks up as the mystery unfolds and the stakes heighten. The overall story is unique and Lasky does a beautiful job at weaving together legends and history as well as outlining the art of falconry. The fantastical element of Matty/Marian feeling like a bird and eventually moving her spirit into the body of one in order to save the king is a stretch but it works in this take on the legendary tales. Lasky includes a glossary on the birds and falconry terminology. At the end of the book, an Author's Note is included that briefly explains the legends of Robin and Marian. Lasky also discusses her goals with the book and what she chose to use from legends and history. This book is a great read. It is full of adventure with just enough "new" vision to make the old tales fresh and intriguing. Lasky has also created a wonderfully strong female protagonist, who has strength of body, mind, and character. Reviewer: Stephanie R. Pearmain
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—After her mother is murdered and the family's castle is looted by followers of Prince John, Matty takes over the management of her father's hawks, learning their language and coming to share their consciousness. Half-orphaned and often hungry, she grows to be Maid Marian, friend and coconspirator with her childhood companion Fynn, renamed Robin Hood. In Lasky's reimagining of this legend, Marian is chief strategist of the band of boys who rob the rich, harass Prince John's evil supporters, and hope to ransom captive King Richard. There is a gentle but thoroughly modern love story, too. Matty may have been her father's jewel, but her growing affection for Robin does not turn her back into a decorative object; she is the heroine of her successful quest, leading both birds and boys. Her five hawks are distinctive, and for them, the author of the owl fantasy series "Guardians of Ga'hoole," has created a language and a convincing, if anachronistic, falconer. Lasky nicely weaves details of 12th-century life into this suspenseful adventure whose fantasy ending may surprise but will certainly please readers.—Kathleen Isaacs, Children's Literature Specialist, Pasadena, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Veteran Lasky combines the Robin Hood/Maid Marian story with falconry. Matty and Fynn are childhood friends, playing together when Matty is not being taught by her father, Lord William, to work with hawks. She begins to understand hawk language, getting inside their minds as she trains them. When Prince John and his allies murder Matty's mother for her jewels, her father pines away. Loyal to King Richard, Matty, Fynn and a host of local lads work to keep their families fed and Prince John hassled-and then to raise the funds to ransom Richard when he is captured. Flash-forward: Matty has metamorphosed into Marian and Fynn into Robin Hood, paving the way for more derring-do. Matty/Marian's uncanny communication with her hawks takes the novel into the realm of fantasy as she slips into the mind of bird after bird to effect her own rescue, bring ransom to Eleanor of Aquitaine and declare her love for Fynn/Robin. Each chapter begins with a bit of hawk lore (not sourced). It doesn't bear up under scrutiny, but it's fun to read. (author's note) (Historical fantasy. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060000714
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Kathryn Lasky is the nationally bestselling author of many books for children and adults, including the Newbery Honor Book Sugaring Time; Elizabeth I and other popular books in the Royal Diaries series; and the bestselling epic fantasy series Guardians of Ga'hoole, which became a major motion picture. In Guardians of Ga'hoole, Lasky explores the behavior of owls. Now she uses her extensive research on hawks and the sport of falconry to again render a world that seamlessly blends natural history with fantasy.

The author and her husband, Christopher Knight, live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and summer on an island off the coast of Maine. There she enjoys watching peregrine falcons soar on the thermal drafts above the cove where she swims.

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Hawksmaid 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Silvermoss More than 1 year ago
I had happened upon this book by chance. I was at a Barnes and Noble store when I saw this book. One of the things that had caught my attention to this book was the illustration on the cover. I thought it had looked pretty interesting, but at the time, I didn't really thought about reading it. The second thing that had me interested was the title of the book, Hawksmaid. After reading the title, I thought it would involve Hawks and someone, particularly a female, and that she somehow turned into one too. Because of that, I decided to give the book a try. After reading a few chapters, I really liked it and decided to buy the book. From the moment I read the first word, till the last word, I was captured, and I had the thrill of sharing Marian's world. I really enjoy reading this book and after the end, I was hungry to know more about Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Maid Marian too, and also, I wanted to know more about falconry. If you're the type of person who likes something that blends fantasy and facts, than this is the book for you. :] But then again, this is just my experience. I hope you enjoy this book like I did! ^^
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good its almost better than Harry Potter. I wish it went on forever! Ava
hathtat More than 1 year ago
I saw this book at my library and since i am writing a sort of robin hood book as well i read it and it was great. from the first chapter i was hooked. the part the drew my interest was the cover and the caption on the front. this book is great for kids third grade to 8th.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is totally worth the money. I dont regret choosing this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book brought history to life. It also gives you a new way to view the story of robin hood. This book made me think of hawks and the old story of robin hood in a new way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wish they would make a series out of this book!!!!!!! It is my new fav book!!!!!!!!!! Nobody will be disappointed!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I never got bored. It was written very nicely and beautifully and I love the relationship between Robin and Marian. I wish it was a series!
Makanani Hodson More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book! I am a college student and yet this book kept my attention and left me wanting more. I reccomend this book to anyone of any age that loves adventure, Robin Hood, and a great story. This untold tale is appropriate for young ages and gives older readers love that is kept pure. I would love to read a sequel to this book :) Thank you Kathryn Lasky for this great version of Robin Hood!
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Once I started I couldn't stop. This book has so much adventer and romance. It is everything I like in a book. After I read the book I acually started to read it again. It is by far the best book I have ever read and I think you will like it to.
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This is an amazing book that i couldnt put down. If you like birds of prey you can read the Gaurdians of Gahoole, Bubo the Great Horned Owl, Summer of the Falcon and many other books by Kathern Lasky, Jean Craighead George, Roger Tory Peterson, and other great authors.
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It is AWESOMESAUCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This book is amazing. It has a wonderful plot, a hint of mystery, and a great story.
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jinxMG More than 1 year ago
My daughter loved this book.
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This book was amazing never got bored
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dotNY More than 1 year ago
hi there i red this book and it was amazing!!!!!!!!!!! after i read it i wanted there to be a second!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it reccomend it for anyone!!!!!!!!!!
A2ID More than 1 year ago
u should really get it . its my 3th fav after percy and the lost hero
Devon Wyandt More than 1 year ago
i love this book, it one of my favrites. i did not get bord with it and i get detaced easy.