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The Sherwood Ring

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  2,132 ratings  ·  185 reviews
Newly orphaned Peggy Grahame is caught off-guard when she first arrives at her family's ancestral estate. Her eccentric uncle Enos drives away her only new acquaintance, Pat, a handsome British scholar, then leaves Peggy to fend for herself. But she is not alone. The house is full of mysteriesand ghosts. Soon Peggy becomes involved with the spirits of her own Colonial ance ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 28th 1985 by Ace Books (first published 1958)
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Miriam
For years I was convinced I had read this book. Then I saw the plot description of an orphaned girl sent to live with her eccentric uncle -- not what I was remembering at all! Eventually I tracked down a copy and began to read it. Soon I began to suspect that I had indeed read it before, and two thirds of the way through -- Barbara's story -- it was confirmed. This was the book I had been thinking I had read! Only it consists of 5 interlinked stories, only the third of which was memorable to me. ...more
Tadiana ♕Part-Time Dictator♕
Elizabeth Marie Pope wrote only two YA novels, this one and The Perilous Gard. They're both on my favorites shelf, and I've read them both several times. I only wish she'd written more.

The Sherwood Ring, written in 1958, is a jewel of a YA fantasy that deserves not to be forgotten. Peggy Grahame is a lonely 17 year old girl, orphaned by the recent death of her footloose and mildly neglectful father. She's sent to live in the ancestral home of her only relative, Uncle Enos, an aging and crotchety
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Mariel
Dec 08, 2010 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: forever and ever
Recommended to Mariel by: saddest summer
I'm rather surprised by the seemingly lukewarm reaction to Elizabeth Marie Pope's The Sherwood Ring on goodreads. It isn't a perfect book, sure, but the charms far outweigh minor dragging by time's end. At least it did for me. I related to the belonging nowhere feeling. Pope's only other work, The Perilous Gard, is absolutely perfect in my eyes. I had hearts in my eyes, all the same. A young teen travels to a relative's and discovers the wonders of history when she befriends three ghosts. That m ...more
Anthony
OK, this book is the subject of my new personal crusade. It's the greatest completely unknown book aimed at the "Young Adult" group. My 3 brothers, 2 sisters and I all grew up loving this book and read it many, many, many times. It was a really big deal when we discovered Alibris and we all bought used copies to give to our kids. NO, IT'S NOT ABOUT ROBIN HOOD. It's a ghost story, historical mystery, romance, character study with parallel stories set in the American Revolution and mid-twentieth c ...more
Josie
Whoever it was who highly recommended this book on Amazon's Listmania, THANK YOU! I loved this book and immediately went out and specially ordered my own copy after I'd finished the library's, because I knew I'd be reading it again and again. This book would probably be billed as a YA fantasy because of the 'ghosts' in it, but it's really more like historical fiction - with a twist. Three of Peggy's ancestors appear to her at various times and tell her their stories, all of which take place duri ...more
Nikki
I like Elizabeth Marie Pope's writing. This was quite different to The Perilous Gard, but nonetheless it won me over quite thoroughly. There's a bit of the same thing in it that I enjoyed so much in Mary Stewart's work -- an old fashioned air that somehow promised everything would come right in the end.

It unfolds at its own pace, so be prepared to be patient even when things seem thoroughly obvious. There are strong and capable female characters, which helps, but the changing point of view does
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Brandy Painter
Honestly, if I all I had known about this book was its premise I probably would have disregarded it as silly and never read it. However, it was written by Elizabeth Marie Pope and as I love The Perilous Gard I gave it a go. And I am so glad I did.

The book is about a girl named Peggy who has just been orphaned and comes to live with her uncle at her family's ancestral estate in upstate New York. During her first meeting with her uncle he loses his temper and kicks out a perfectly nice young man
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Andree
This is a book I should have liked in theory, but in reality I liked a lot less.

It involves family ghosts, and an old family estate, and history, and secrets, and secret rooms, and snarky siblings, and charming(ish) romances, and it all comes together at the end.

But somewhere along the way, for some reason, it didn't work for me.

Maybe it was because I read it too soon after The Perilous Gard, and I love The Perilous Gard.

Maybe it was because I found a lot of the romantic relationships underdevel
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Wealhtheow
After Peggy Grahame is orphaned, she goes to live with her cantankerous old uncle in their even older family home in up state New York. He stays shut up in his study every day, so Peggy is free to explore the house and talk to ghosts. Each of them tells her another installment of the tale of her ancestor Nick Grahame's game of cat and mouse with loyalist Peaceable Sherwood. After numerous triumphs and reverses, they grow to respect each other, but they are still on opposite sides of the Revoluti ...more
Sherwood Smith
I just loved this book as a ten year old. Ghosts, codes, secret passages, masquerades with dangerous searches going on---the ending was a tad disappointing, but everything up to then was a thrill to my ten year old self.
Emily
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Ashley
Aug 20, 2011 Ashley rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ashley by: Amy
I read this whole book in one day. It was a very interesting story, well thought out, and well executed.

I will say that I didn't particularly enjoy the character of the uncle. After he got so sick and he seemed so easily startled throughout the whole book, it seemed odd that he had lived alone for so long; it didn't seem like he was able to take care of himself.

Okay, I'll be honest, the thought that a girl who has just come to a new house to live with a grumpy uncle because she is alone in the w
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Rachel
This is one of those books I read on a whim. Basically, I had no other books to read (very rare in and of itself!) and this one was suggested for those who liked Mara, Daughter of the Nile. So, I picked it up at the library, slightly concerned I wouldn't like it because of the "ghosts".

It's one of my favorite historical romances ever!

The Sherwood Ring starts off with Peggy. Peggy has an unremarkable background. When her father dies, she moves in with her uncle. Her uncle, a modern day scrooge, b
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Lee Anne
Peggy Grahame is orphaned at seventeen, and heads with ambivalence and perhaps a little apprehension to the family New England mansion to live with her withdrawn Uncle Enos, who is obsessed with keeping Rest-and-be-thankful as close to its condition during the Revolutionary War as possible. But before she even arrives at the house, she gets lost in the woods and is given directions by a girl in a red cloak on horseback, who disappears before she can thank her. Peggy quickly discovers that the g ...more
Susan
This is one of my all time favorite children/young adult books. I've always loved the Colonial/Revolutionary time period, and this one brings one small part of it to vivid life. The reminiscences of the characters show just the kinds of things people in that time period went through during the war, without getting into things that alot of young people would find boring or disturbing. I've always liked the way the ghosts of her ancestors appear just when she needs them.

I recommend this book to an
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Jenna
Dec 03, 2008 Jenna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Jenna by: mom
I didn't expect to like it-- being historical fiction and all-- but I thoroughly fell in love with Peaceable Drummond Sherwood. I wasn't even that into the modern part of the story, or really any of the others from the past, for that matter, but I find it impossible to express how many times I would've died to be the clever Barbara Grahame, just for Sherwood. Picture him like Robin Hood, only more evil, self-serving, clever, romantic, and with more flair. <33333 Friends, before you start beat ...more
sharon
Fairly predictable but charming historical fiction (Pope would have done well to leave off the modern frame story, I think). Was a bit taken aback by (view spoiler) ...more
Faith
This book was on my school reading list every year and I always wanted to read it, but it was out of print and not available anywhere - until I stumbled across a copy in a bookstore on Nantucket.

I love it. It's old fashioned, and sedately paced, and goes back and forth between past and present which usually I hate, but I DON'T CARE ABOUT ANY OF THAT.

I love it anyway.

It's quite a gem, and I cherish my copy of it.
Phoebe
Peggy Grahame is 17, recently bereaved after her father's unexpected death. She is sent to America to live with her eccentric Uncle Enos, at the family's sprawling home, Rest-and-be-thankful. Right away she senses that the past and the present are extremely fluid at her new home, which is peopled with ghosts who tell her their stories. The present is intriguing to Peggy as well, however, because she has met and become close to Pat Thorne, a young graduate student on the trail of a mystery. Secre ...more
Anna Shafer
I'm not confident I can write a full review without accidentally using enthusiastic emojis, so I will just say this: Positively delightful story about the American Revolution and romance. Bonus if you like uncomfortable ancestral homes up North and/or if you're an Anglophile. This book is tea, not coffee, and I loved it.
Barbara
Alternating between the modern day and Revolutionary War New York: 4 ghosts comfort a modern, unloved, girl with stories from their lives during the Revolution. In the modern era, our heroine copes with a curmudgeon of a guardian and a romance with the scholar from England. Absolutely first rate all around.
Raven R.
Got this book from a friend who hated it and couldn't get through it. It was good enough, intriguing mystery, funny male leads, strong females which was considered uncommon during that time, especially if they were rich, but still only three stars.

Here's why:

1st star lost: The beginning was slow, it didn't pick up until page 160.

2nd star lost: Way too wordy. My eyes glazed over half the time. Ghost Richard pissed me off the most. I think I skimmed half of what he said.

3rd star lost: I'm prett
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Jenn Estepp
This has been on my to-read shelf for a very long time and I'm so glad I finally got around to reading it. So very engaging and lovely and I would've been quite happy to spend way more time with these characters (tell me more about your lives, ghosts! And people too!).
Susanne E
What fun! I can't believe I'd never heard of this book before. I stand by my earlier statement that it's like a blend of Cold Comfort Farm and The Scarlet Pimpernel (or maybe those Lauren Willig ones, but G-rated) but about the American Revolution.
Jill
I bought this book on the strength of The Perilous Guard, and I'm so glad I took that chance! Loved it. How satisfying to discover a brilliant YA fantasy/historical novel that is even older than I am. Highly recommended.
CLM
One of my all time favorite books, this is about orphaned teen Peggy, who goes to live with her somewhat grumpy historian uncle. At first lonely, she soon begins to make friends with the locals - and with local ghosts.
Annette
A really fun young adult book, especially if you love history and a little bit of mystery (and even if you don't believe in ghosts!); a little bit of humor and romance, too. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Debbie
One of my all-time favorites from childhood. My girls and I read this together, and loved it. A very romantic tale based in Revolutionary War times.
Valerie
It is so strange to read a young adult book written in the '50s. It's so different from how it's written now.
Lizzy
This book is too short and it is a TRAGEDY that Elizabeth Marie Pope only wrote two books.
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Born in Washington D.C. on May 1, 1917, Pope later graduated from Bryn Mawr College and then earned her Ph. D. in English literature from John Hopkins University. Next she began teaching at Mills College in Oakland, California and remained there for many years. Beginning as an assistant professor and moving up to hold the position of professor and chairman of the department, Pope excelled as an in ...more
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