The Outlaws of Sherwood

The Outlaws of Sherwood

by Robin Mckinley
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The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin Mckinley

Robin Longbow is a sub-apprentice forester in Sherwood Forest, barely eking out a living-and barely able to control his temper when he is confronted by the taunts of the Chief Forester's favorite. One careless shot, and he has killed the man. From then on, Robin is on the run-but he is not alone. Joined first by his friends Much and Marian, then by more and more people who despise the Norman lords who tax them blind, Robin builds a community of Saxon outlaws deep in Sherwood who risk the gallows and the sword for the sake of justice and freedom.

"In the tradition of T. H. White's reincarnation of King Arthur, a novel that brings Robin Hood . . . delightfully to life!" (Kirkus Reviews)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698119598
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/28/2002
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 332,011
Product dimensions: 5.07(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.

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The Outlaws of Sherwood 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
clemmy More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Satisfying at the end, but boy, it takes a long time to get there. All the familiar elements, even if they aren't told in too new a manner, are present and accounted for. Pace was rather slow and I didn't find Robin all that likeable. He is set up as very reluctant hero who doesn't quite know how he came to be the leader and spends a lot of time worrying about whether they are making too much noise. Fits as part of the collection, but not my favorite, by any means.
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Dave Steele More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the characters and the way they came together.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!