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The Outlaws of Sherwood Street: Stealing from the Rich (Outlaws of Sherwood Street #1)

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  192 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
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 yacht ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 16th 2013 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 25, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved Abraham's Echo Falls books, so I was excited for what appears to be another YA series.

This book shares the same major flaw of the Echo Falls book: the protagonist is very good at not realizing things that are completely obvious. If that bugged you about those books, stay away from this one.

Problem is, this book has other big problems. First, the dad constantly talks in language that a middle-schooler obviously won't understand. I didn't find this bit believable from an otherwise pretty g
Sep 17, 2012 Diane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In this book, a group of young kids acquire special powers from a charm bracelt and make it their goal to take from the rich (a real-estate tycoon trying to takeover local businesses) and give to the poor (local business owners struggling to pay their increasing rent).

I just could not get into this book. The storyline did not maintain my attention and the plot seemed so slow. I must have totally missed the climax of this book. Sadly...I do not recommend it.
Jessica at Book Sake
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 ...more
Brandi Rae
I'm normally not so negative in a review, but I was so disappointed by this one and struggled to finish it. The premise was good; a girl finds a magic bracelet that allows she and her friends to harness powers at the most needed moments to carry out social justice. In this case, the majority of the justice was in fighting against a real estate tycoon who was buying buildings in Brooklyn that housed small businesses and soup kitchens. He'd then raise the rent and force out the tennants, all under ...more
Dec 20, 2011 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I REALLY enjoyed Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood St. I was thrilled to see a book aimed at children/young adults bring up critical issues of today's economic issues. I was thrilled and absolutely shocked to see a children's book use terminology like Social Justice, and actually critique what is wrong with today's brand of capitalism. This is the kind of book that I would like to see the kids in my life read and it brings up economic issues in a clear way that I think is easy for them ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Carla rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I don't usually like abandoning books. I figure if I pay for them, I should probably read them.

Luckily I only paid $2.99 for this one at the discount store.

Right away, the author uses too many em dashes. It's distracting. He used a semicolon wrong, and that bothers me.

My biggest problem is with the main character, Robbie; she's always asking her parents what they do for a living (her dad's a writer, her mom's an associate at a law firm), but then she tunes them out because she "doesn't understan
Lisa Nocita
Nov 17, 2012 Lisa Nocita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Robyn "Robbie" Forester is a twelve year old Brooklyn resident who attends private school and calls her parents by their first names. Her father is an eccentric author and her mother is an attorney. Both seem stereotypically hip--dad is eccentric and disheveled writing about abstract and obtuse musings and mom works all the time for a huge law firm with little regard for personal time. She has a giant dog named Pendleton. In spite of the fact that she has lived in Brooklyn her whole life, she ha ...more
Alrighty! A Robin Hood novel! Probably my favorite type of book to review, as I freaking adore all things Robin Hood. :)

"Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwod St." Also published under "Stealing from the Rich" has been rated PG-12 by the Nerd Association of Lanie. Contains some mild language and issues best left to slightly older kids like child abuse, arson, and the attempted murders and/or mugging of kids.

It's a light, quick, fun read, definitely for younger readers, but if you a fan of
Christina Powell
I didnbt like it as much as I liked the other ones ive read
Diana Renn
Jan 05, 2012 Diana Renn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystery meets magical realism in this captivating new children's book by bestselling mystery/suspense novelist Peter Abrahams. 12-year-old Robbie Forester receives a silver charm bracelet from a homeless woman. The charm comes with tremendous powers, which extend to Robbie's three friends and her dog. Figuring out the charm's powers -- how and when it works, and for whom -- is a big part of the mystery. But even more mystery and intrigue is in store for Robbie and her friends. The charm seems to ...more
Aug 11, 2011 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
well, this is interesting though I just realized this news two years late...

I interviewed this guy for his first two books in his Chet and Bernie series but at that point his real identity wasn't known yet. I'll be interviewing him in December by email about his two new books, one of which is the latest in the series (which has the fun angle of a dog as a narrator - his human companion is a private eyes so it's private detective work from the dog's perspective leading to fun word play like when
Oct 21, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Abrahams' Echo Falls series so I was eager to read this one, which I hope is the first book in a new series. The book takes place in New York City. Robbie (short for Robyn) finds a magic bracelet. With friends it enables the group of four kids to even up a few things Robin Hood style, mainly by ruining the plans of a crooked developer. I thought that the power of the bracelet was a bit bizarre and never consistent, but it worked for the story. I also thought that the kids, who are only 12 ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 04, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Expected publication 1/19. ARC received from Baker and Taylor.
Robbie lives with her writer father and lawyer mother in NYC. She has recently moved from public to private school, and while she is on the basketball team, she's not making a lot of other frien. When she finds that a client of her mother's is doubling the rent for the soup kitchen where she volunteers, she wants to help. Luckily, a charm bracelet she got from a homeless women makes odd things happen. She lucks into $3,100 in cash fal
Pamela Kramer
Jan 23, 2012 Pamela Kramer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter Abrahams (aka Spencer Quinn) has done it again. He has proven the breadth of his writing abilities and his creativity with his latest release, Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood St.

His main character, Robbie (short for Robyn), is an only child. The various characters in the story exemplify diversity, and her own family is no different. Her family is "different" in that her mother is the breadwinner, an attorney who works long hours, and her father is a writer who has published two
Mar 19, 2013 Ali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, series
Is it odd to say that it was the magic that ruined it for me? Here we have a ragtag group of kids who are thrown together by fate and on a quest for community justice. Sounds good right? Robin Hood meets Scooby-Doo it could have been, but alas not so much. I came across this novel on my annual internet search for news on the next in the Echo Falls series, but this seemed like it would be a welcome substitute. Again, not so much. The good - the kids acted like kids. They weren't self-aware adults ...more
Ann Haefele
12 year old Robbie finds a magical bracelet which allows her to have super powers when needed to right social injustices. This mystery which uses magical realism tells a story of several misfit middle schoolers who combine their talents to figure out who is the crooked developer who is closing down small companies within a neighborhood. While I really wanted to like this book because of the premise of kids righting wrongs, it fell flat. Not only are many 5th-8th graders not going to understand o ...more
Robbie Forester comes in possession of a special bracelet that seems to grant magic powers when justice needs to be served. When a rich real estate investor begins buying up (and strong arming) local businesses out Robbie and her mismatched group of friends fight back, Robin Hood style. A quick read, this story does ask the reader to suspend a great deal of belief. I liked how Robbie is a not necessarily rich but sees the issues of poverty and inequity in her neighborhood and with her friends. A ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Jeanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I ended up being disappointed by this one. The action seemed drawn out to me--lost in description much of the time. Plus, I'm not sure that I like that the overall moral of this story that it's okay to lie and steal as long as you give the money to the poor. The magic bracelet started as a decent premise, but I just didn't get into the characters--and the portrayal of Robbie's parents is dreadful. I'm assuming that this is just setting up a sequel because there was no sense of closure.
Anne Beardsley
Much less exciting than the cover and title promised.

Robin Hood is a dashing, clever, reckless, charming trickster, right? Do I want to read a modern day female teenaged version? Yes! Is this what that was?
Oh golly, no.

Robbie is quiet, compassionate, thoughtful, and will probably grow up to be like her erudite, deep, and pensive father who writes meaningful novels. Nice and all, but I wanted Robin Hood. It's a slower, rather more preachy story.

Ah, well.
Lisa Shafer
Dec 15, 2015 Lisa Shafer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not choke down more than a third of this book, which characterizes ALL panhandlers as good (there are no drug addicts, shysters, or criminals among them) and ALL successful business people as evil (there are no honest, hard-working, fair people among them).
I tend to lean a bit to the left politically, but this book was a Socialist fairy tale. I'm surprised it's legal to sell it in a Republican-dominated state like Utah.
Thematically, this is a bit all over the place but Robbie's voice (a touch of the Red Blazer Girls?) holds it together. As this is the start of a series, there's quite a lot of getting to know the characters and the set-up, and the conclusion to this story seems a little far-fetched. However, I like the very diverse cast and the basic premise so I'm hoping subsequent books will be a little less erratic and little more credible.
Erin (work)
Jul 25, 2012 Erin (work) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this four stars because I loved the main character (Abrahams does such an amazing job with middle school girls!) and her friends felt like real kids. The concept is cool--their super powers were awesome and strangely believable. But . . . the last third of the book was too much--too crazy, too extreme. And, that said, I can't wait for a sequel and I'll definitely recommend it.
Feb 29, 2012 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
I always dread reading the juvenile fiction that comes in the big box of review books, and I put this off until the last minute. However, this wasn't too bad. It has a great plot and characters that were believable and real. It is a series - too many unanswered questions at the end of the book. I think 5-8 graders will enjoy it.
Dec 31, 2012 Brenda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
I read this book because this author is popular with the Middle School students. The story was interesting, but very unbelievable. The author stretched the reader's imagination. I can see why preteen and early teens do enjoy this author's stories. I might read another book written by this author with my guys, but I won't be reading this author for my entertainment.
Annie Oosterwyk
There was a lot to like in this story, a magic bracelet which empowers four kids and brings them together to right injustice in their Brooklyn neighborhood. The depiction of New York life is great, with the parents engaged in their professional lives and the kids pretty independent- taking taxis and eating out. The magic aspect was inconsistent and confusing, but I enjoyed the characters a lot.
Feb 17, 2012 Margie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Giving a new twist to the Robin Hood legend set in Brooklyn, New York, Peter Abrahams delivers a suspensful adventure with likable characters, believable villians and four teens, astounded by their new found powers, bonding to prevail against injustice. Read my full review at:
This book had a lot of promise. The premise of the book is a modern day kid Robin Hood.
It just didn't live up to my expectations. The plot lines didn't feel fully explored, and I really wanted to know more about the characters. I think that kids might enjoy it, but it wouldn't be my top recommendation.
Jan 20, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In this modern take on the all-too familiar Robin Hood tale, Peter Abrahams creates a truly charming heroine who unexpectedly begins on an adventure of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor."

See full review at:
I normally really like this author's books but this one was disappointingly so-so. The characters were loveable, some of the dialogue great, and the bad guys VERY bad guys but I hated the magic element..maybe kids, who are the intended audience, will like that. I'll try the next one in the series...
Aug 31, 2016 Nisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aug-16
The grocery store parking lot will hold 1,000 vehicles (so we were not in Brooklyn; I knew that right away,), and 2/5 of the parking spaces are for cars. When you go to buy groceries (Hey! Would I own a car one day? Would that be a good choice? I realized I knew practically nothing about cars.)
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Peter Abrahams is the author of numerous novels, including End of Story, Oblivion, and Lights Out, which was nominated for an Edgar best novel award. He also writes the best-selling Echo Falls series for younger readers. He lives on Cape Cod.

Peter Abrahams is also writing under the pseudonym Spencer Quinn (Chet
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