Robbie Forester always knew life wasn't fair, but she never thought she could do anything about it--until one day when a powerful charm comes into her possession and guides her, her friends, and her dog Pendleton on the path to justice. Unfortunately, the path has gotten dangerous, and Robbie and her friends find themselves in a menacing world of thievery, arson, big yachts, and even bigger bank accounts. Will Robbie and her band of thieves end up in more trouble than they ever could have imagined?
About the Author
Peter Abrahams (www.peterabrahams.com) has written many books for kids, adults, and teens. Down the Rabbit Hole, the first book in his New York Times bestselling Echo Falls series, won an Agatha Award and was an Edgar Award nominee, and his novel Reality Check won the 2010 Edgar Award for best young adult mystery novel. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Chet & Bernie mysteries under the pen name Spencer Quinn. He lives in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Outlaws of Sherwood Street: Stealing from the Rich based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I could not get into this book. Sometimes it seemed like it was written like a journal, or maybe a conversation with alot of questions from Robbie. The main reason I didn't like the story was that the character Robbie was written too young for her age. She was in grade 7 but seemed to be mentally more like eight. Like Robbie I liked the concept of the book but not the book.
This story is definitely a fast-paced, adventure filled read. Even though Robbie is a girl, I can see this appealing to both boys and girls, as her quartet of outlaws is made up of two of each. Because of its pace and social justice storyline, it would be a great choice for reluctant readers wanting to start a new novel and great lead to fairytales in the classroom. However, not being in the target reading market, I did wish there had been a bit more exploration into the story of this charm of Robbie's. All in all, a fast and fun read.
This version of Robin Hood is a light, quick read. That’s about what I expected for the age range it’s aimed at. The story was cute and entertaining and I think it would be liked by both boys and girls. We have Robbie our main character and three friends of hers (another girl and two boys) that we follow around. Magic powers come and go, but don’t always seem logical for the story. If the powers always came when helping the kids do good or stay safe it would make more sense – winning a game, not so much. It’s never explained where these powers come from and some of the things the kids do, while they are trying to be helpful overall, they just don’t feel like the right thing to do at all times. While it follows the – steal from the rich, give to the poor – they don’t know in full who they are stealing from, which causes the slight issue for me. Kids however might not even see this – just knowing that the one with all the money is bad, those who can’t afford their terms and are being taken advantage of are good. Or parents can fill the children in on what’s what and talk about the issues this book raises. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.