Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest (Tales of Rowan Hood Series #1)

Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest (Tales of Rowan Hood Series #1)

by Nancy Springer

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ISBN-13: 9780698119727
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Series: Tales of Rowan Hood Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 683,373
Product dimensions: 5.02(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Nancy Springer has published forty novels for adults, young adults and children. In a career beginning shortly after she graduated from Gettysburg College in 1970, Springer wrote for ten years in the imaginary realms of mythological fantasy, then ventured on contemporary fantasy, magical realism, and women's fiction before turning her attention to children's literature. Her novels and stories for middle-grade and young adults range from contemporary realism, mystery/crime, and fantasy to her critically acclaimed novels based on the Arthurian mythos, I AM MORDRED: A TALE OF CAMELOT and I AM MORGAN LE FAY. Springer's children's books have won her two Edgar Allan Poe awards, a Carolyn W. Field award, various Children's Choice honors and numerous ALA Best Book listings. Her most recent series include the Tales of Rowan Hood, featuring Robin Hood’s daughter, and the Enola Holmes mysteries, starring the much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes.

Ms. Springer lives in East Berlin, Pennsylvania.

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Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest (Tales of Rowan Hood Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
jnogal on LibraryThing 28 days ago
A girl who may be Robin Hood's daughter disguises herself as a boy and goes in search of him, and saves his life, while meeting up with some special friends along the way. A good adventure.
the_hag on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I'm a bit torn on this one...one the one hand I really got a kick out of this sweet little adventure, on the other, it's a bit over-simple and predictable. With Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest we are introduced to 13 year old Rosemary (who later changes her name to Rowan) who lives with her mother (a "woodwife" - herbal healer and considered by some to be a witch) alone in the woods. Her world is torn asunder when the local Lord's men show up one day and burn down their little cottage in the wood...and her mother along with it. She wisely weighs her options and decides she'd prefer to seek out her outlaw father Robin Hood. So, she sets out disguised as a boy and along the way becomes enmeshed in her own adventure complete with a half wolf, half dog companion (who can catch arrows in mid-flight); gentle giant (and fantastically talented minstrel); a runaway princess; and of course Robin Hood and his men. I liked the twist that the author came up with to explain who Robin Hood could so easily (and for so long) fool the Sheriff of Nottingham, it was cute, a little humorous, and I think appropriate. I'll be perfectly honest, I liked this book very much, except where I didn't...what I mean is that I (like many others) have a love of all things Robin Hood. So in that light, how could I not want to read this book AND how could I not fall in love with it? At the same time, this book is has fairly shallow characterization, the plot is pretty simple and easy to figure out, and it is almost TOO easy...BUT this isn't an adult book, it's a children's book, so this is forgivable. As an adult reading this, I can't help but think that there is a serious romanticizing of Robin and his men...that there would definitely be danger for young girls (or women in general) in the woods, this book paints Robin (and his men by association) as total gentlemen. Given the age range listed (9-12), the author probably could introduce some of the dangers that women faced (beyond what she did). In the end, I gave this book 4 stars - it's a very cute, easy to like (and easy to read) book with an interesting and enjoyable twist on Robin Hood tales, complete with heroes, villains, fairy tale touches, and just a little magic. I think the word charming best describes Rowan Hood, it's one of those stories that is a little too perfect, but it leaves you smiling anyway.
PhoebeReading on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Following in the tradition of the Alanna of Tortall books, this tale of a cross-dressing pubescent moppet will widely appeal to young readers who are already fans of the Robin Hood mythology. The presence of faerie-folk notwithstanding, this is an utterly unhistoric story (one scene has a young minstrel boy singing a Tudor-era ballad), but what Springer lacks in historical accuracy, she makes up for with a realistically gritty setting; our heroine frets not only about daddy-issues, but about finding a way to feed herself as well! Both parental- and survival- conflicts are resolved overly neatly by the story's conclusion, but despite this, Springer provides an ultimately exciting romp through Sherwood Forest.
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
Rowan Hood, OUTLAW GIRL OF SHERWOOD FOREST by Nancy Springer When her mother’s spell of protection ends suddenly, Rosemary finds their home burned and her mother killed. Rosemary runs to the forest to escape, disguised as a boy, taking the name Rowan. Sharing her food with large youth, an enchanter with music, she earns a boon from the aelfe and the lesson to use the gifts her mother gave her. She does so, finding water, herbs, friends and allies, and much adventure, in her search for Robin Hood. This is a delightful book, designated for Juvenile, but satisfying to this reluctant adult, so much so that I’m ready for the next in the series LIONCLAW.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I had read the while series back in 6th grade and decided to re-read them now, so I just ordered it. I'm so glad I did :) This is a good book for young readers or even people who enjoy the Robin Hood type books because I believe you never outgrow a book. It ends well and continues in a few more books that get even better :)
Lana-Lee More than 1 year ago
I don't normally say a book can be enjoyed by all ages,but this one can. The action keeps the reader involved, yet nothing is too intense for a younger audience. Rowan is a very relateable character. I know anyone who reads the ending of this book will want to learn more about this series. ....I have one complaint; though, there is no hardcover available. Because of this, I almost didn't buy it...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the Book is Awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Rowan Hood!!! I actually read the books all out of order and then I read them all again and I love them! I wish that there could be a sixth one because in the 5th it seemed that Rook kind of liked her toward the ending. I am still trying to find out what Robin meant when he said, 'So it wasn't a dream.' when Rowan told him she was his daughter. But I would reccomend this book to all medieval time lovers! It was an awesome book! FYI I read this book (+ all the other tales of Rowan Hood) Five times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is terrific. I love how the rose isnt a stereotypical girl in the time she lives. It was very enchanting and magical. You will love the rowan hood series, I obviously did :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
FABTASTIC! I just couldn't put this book down! It makes history seem so interesting. I love medieval books and stuff. This was great! It shows that woman were powerful in olden times, even though they had little power over the men.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty good book, though it is not that famous. It talks about a girl who is looking for her father, the famous Robin Hood, after her mother died. She dresses up as a boy and begins her journey. Along the way she meets a runaway princess, a boy, and a dog.(I think thats it.) And ofcourse other things happen, but I don't want to spoil the book. But the end made me think if there was a sequel to the book. (Is there?)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nancy Springer is one of my favorite authors. In this book she uses fantasy and legend to create a life-like tale. Rowan is a superb character, and she weaves Rowan's characteristics into the story, rather than tell it straight out. Rowan has all the qualities of a great outlaw-envy, bravery, boldness, and most of all, common sense. Ettarde's own story gives Rowan Hood: Outlaw girl of Sherwood Forest more flavor, adding reality. And Ettarde has qualities Rowan sometimes lack; patience, helpfullness, grace, and persuasiveness. Lionel's past came as a surprise to me, i would have expected him to be a great fighter, but Lionel's own extraordinary courage is bravery in it's own name. I would have given this book 5 *, but i didn't really like the ending, where Robin just grinnes and smiles when Rowan tells him that she is a girl. I would have liked it to be more gradual.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a great book! I really enjoyed this book! I didn't think this would be so good because it was about Robin Hood so I thought this book would be weird. Turns out, it wasn't! It was just great! I really enjoyed the plot in this book and I really want to get the second book. I'm just glad that Ms. Springer decided to keep going into the story, following Rowan Hood... I recommend this book to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thirteen-year-old Rosemary lives happily with her mother, a mistress of woods magic, in Sherwood Forest, but when her mother is murdered by the lord's henchmen, Rosemary sets out to find the father she has never met¿Robin Hood. She disguises herself as a boy for safety, calling herself Rowan. A creature she names Tykell, part-wolf, part-dog, becomes her companion and protector as she travels through the woods, and she befriends a big but gentle minstrel named Lionel and a runaway princess named Ettarde. They all must work together if they are to fend off the dangerous Guy of Gisborn and rescue Robin from the clutches of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Unsure of Robin Hood, who does not seem to know of her existence, Rowan at first keeps her identity¿both as female and as daughter¿secret from him, and then basks in his praise of her as an accomplished fellow outlaw when all is revealed. Rowan is invited to join his band, but chooses to stay in a grove of rowan trees nearby, setting up her own band with Tykell, Lionel, and Ettarde. This rousing feminist take on the Robin Hood legend is a quick and engaging read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thirteen-year-old Rosemary and her mother, a healer with elfin blood and powers, have always lived alone in a small cottage in the forest. The villagers come to her mother for cures, but the lord and his men fear and distrust her, believing her to be a witch. But Rosemary never expects that they would go so far as to kill her mother. But in just a few moments on a peaceful day, they do. Rosemary knows the same men who killed her mother might now come after her, even though she lacks her mother's powers. So she takes on a new identity. Disguised as a boy, Rowan, she sets off to find the man her mother has always told her was her father, the famous outlaw Robin Hood. Along to way, she teams up with a giant boy whose size does not match his scared nature, and a princess fleeing an arrange marriage. But even with the help of her new friends, will she find her father? I reccomend this fantasy adventure to young readers, especially to girls who enjoy stories featuring strong heroines.