The Outlaws of Sherwood

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A dazzling retelling of Robin Hood that incorporates traditional tales and familiar characters with exciting new adventures.

The author retells the adventures of Robin Hood and his band of outlaws who live in Sherwood Forest in twelfth-century England.

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Overview

A dazzling retelling of Robin Hood that incorporates traditional tales and familiar characters with exciting new adventures.

The author retells the adventures of Robin Hood and his band of outlaws who live in Sherwood Forest in twelfth-century England.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
McKinley brings to the Robin Hood legend a robustly romantic view. She renders it anew by fully developing the background and motive of each member of the merry band, from Robin's ``crime'' that sends him into the woods, to Marian's subterfuge as she straddles the worlds of the nobility and of the outlaws. Their habitations, foresting and thieving is explained, and McKinley, in a thoughtful afterword, reveals both her debt to and her differences with previous versions of the story. There is no reason, however, that readers of those stories might not enjoy this one as well. Although the author does fall into the politics indigenous only to the British isles, she presents a solid piece of tale-weaving, ingenious and ingenuous, causing readers to suspend belief willingly for a rousing good time. Ages 12-up. Sept.
School Library Journal
Gr 9-12 Robin Hood is immortal, but in The Outlaws of Sherwood he doesn't quite come alive. McKinley's novelistic treatment expands the outlines of characters and episodes familiar to readers of Pyle. All is well in the Greenwood until the outlaws open their mouths: their speech and thoughts are a stiff, uneasy mix of ye-olde high seriousness and flip vernacular. McKinley's attempts to evoke the 12th-Century conflict with her wish to raise her characters' political and feminist consciousness do not work. The book moves slowly: there is action, but not enough for the sword-and-sorcery genre addicts; the romance between Robin and Marion hangs fire while he figures out that he can't tell her what to do; the dialogues are sometimes unwieldy and un-yeomanlike; the whole is unconvincing. Pyle's text may be stilted, but there are his wonderful pictures; even Roger Green's version Penguin, 1984, albeit for a younger audience, has the merit of good pacing. Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698119598
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Firebird Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 379,312
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.69 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin McKinley's other books include the Newbery Award-winning The Hero and the Crown; Newbery Honor Book The Blue Sword; Sunshine; Spindle's End; Rose Daughter; Deerskin; The Outlaws of Sherwood; and the short story collections The Door in the Hedge; A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories; and, with her husband, the author Peter Dickinson, Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits. She lives in England with her husband, three whippets, and over five hundred rosebushes.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

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    The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley Tales of the Sherwood

    The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley
    Tales of the Sherwood Forrest, the women and men who rob of the rich and give to the poor. They train to shoot their arrows straight and true.
    They try to keep on the good side of the sheriff as they want no duel with him.
    They take on plans to rob from Roger as he's stolen things from Little John and Roger wants to steal a woman away from one that is betrothed.
    The contest of the golden arrow attracts many to the event.
    The outlaws continue to do good but not all see it as such.
    They use whistles in the forest to communicate with everybody.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

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    Oh, Robin McKinley...

    Robin McKinley does it again! As usual, her characters are full and real people with pasts and futures. She does the best job at making you feel a part of the story and making a classic tale feel fresh and new. Perspective always changes a story, and she does so beautifully here with a new telling of Robin Hood. I love Robin Hood in his silliness and immaturity; it somehow makes him more believable. His friends Much and Miriam are delightful simply because they put up with him...and then more so for their own merits in the story. I love the additional stories for Will Scarlet and Little John also. They make the story come alive in a way that even the beloved 1930s Adventures of Robin Hood couldn't do for all its technicolor. In her story, these are all real, lovable, nutty people who come together for a common purpose. That in and of itself is very respectable. Robin McKinley is a consistent writer that never ceases to make me glad I bought her books; and for that, I sincerely thank her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2007

    Awsome

    This book is really good. I've used it for two book reports (one in sixth grade another in seventh grade). Not the best Robin Hood book I have read but its one of the better ones. It reminds me of the BBC tv series with Jonas Armstrong. I would recomend this book to everyone even if you don't think you will like this READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2006

    OUTSTANDING

    one of the best books ive ever read, it really draws you into robins life, and tells how he met all of his companions. a MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2006

    Full of adventure and emotion

    McKinley did a wonderful job retelling the story of Robin Hood, she gave him a depth that few writers have successfully achieved. It is full of adventure, intrigue, and some romance. My only problem with the book, as with all Robin Hood tales, is that they have strayed from the original story. Oh well, I still loved this book and highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2005

    Wonderful!! Just Wonderful!!

    I love this book, it shows you robin hood through a new view. It's a beautifully written book that I think anyone would enjoy, I've never liked robin hood very much until reading this book. Now I understand the origonal story better and love it! It's great, I recommend it to everyone I know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2003

    Spellbinding!

    This is undoubtably one of the best books of all time. It inspired me to write my own Robin Hood story by giving the classic tale of take from the rich and give to the poor a little twist. McKinley is truely magnificent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2002

    Could have been better

    Don't think that because of my rating I think that this book is terrible. It was great, however, this book didn't really center on Robin Hood and how he stole from the rich and gave to the poor. It was more centered on Little John and his romance, and there were times when the detail was too great and the story seemed to drag on. This is a book for people who have time to sit down and read for hours at a time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2002

    READ THIS

    This is THE BEST Robin Hood book out there. I found it by accident in my school library, and i absolutely FELL IN LOVE WITH IT! Along with this book, I also fell in love with the whole Robin Hood legend, and I have read every Robin Hood related book I could get my hands on since. And you know what? THIS ONE IS STILL MY FAVORITE!!!!!! READ THIS BOOK!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2002

    The Outlaws of Sherwood

    This book had a whole new perspective. Robin Hood himself was a character that I never whould have chosen and makes the story seem alive. The ending is not what I expected but it has a lot of depth and it totally ROCKS!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2002

    Best Book of all Time

    This is my favorite book. I re-read it at least once a year and I laugh and cry everytime. McKinley is an artist and uses wry humor combined with realistic characters to create some of the best fiction in the world today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2001

    The Best Robin Hood Book I've Read...

    Robin McKinley is one of the best authors out there. She does it yet again with her re-telling of Robin Hood. What's best about this book is the characterizations that deviate from your normal ideas of Robin and his merry men. (And Marian.) Will Scarlet is a the second son of a lord with a little sister who is a major character. Much is a wise-cracking miller's son. Little John is, well, Little John. One of the best things about Robin McKinley's version is that Robin himself is not a very good archer, despite his reputation. It doesn't conform to historic facts or traditional views of the legend, but it is still one of my favorite books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2000

    THIS BOOK STINKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have to read this book for an English Class and it stinks!!!!!!!!!!!! It's the most boring book I've ever read in my life!!! This author uses too many words and just needs to tell us the point and then move on instead of dragging things on!!! I would not recommend this book to people cause it is really, really bad!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2000

    The Outlaws of Sherwood

    Excellent! I have read this book several times and each time it gets better and better. I am a big fan of Robin Hood stories and have read about twelve. This is one of the better ones.

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