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Ronia, who lives with her father and his band of robbers in a castle in the woods, causes trouble when she befriends the son of a rival robber chieftain.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 5th 1985 by Puffin Books (first published 1981)
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Elysse Breaux The CG anime, "Sanzoku no Musume Rōnya", is done by Studio Ghibli, produced by Goro Miyazaki, son of Hayao Miyazki, and currently airing as a 26…moreThe CG anime, "Sanzoku no Musume Rōnya", is done by Studio Ghibli, produced by Goro Miyazaki, son of Hayao Miyazki, and currently airing as a 26 episode series (as of today's date 3 episodes are released). It's under the title "Sanzoku no Musume Rōnya" for anyone who wants to check it out, just Google it!

Hopefully it will be dubbed in English/Swedish in the future but in the meantime there are English subtitles!

So far it's spot on with the book (character's looks, the dialogue and events) though it will probably expand Ronia's adventures in the forest. Definitely worth checking it out, especially if you're a Studio Ghibli fan.(less)
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Sparrow
Dec 23, 2011 Sparrow rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Madeleine L'Engle fans
Recommended to Sparrow by: Heather Svensson
This was probably my favorite book I read in 2011. My friend gave it to me last year or the year before, and I always take a while to get to books that people have given me. I have to warm up to the concept of the book and get used to the cover and think about what mood would be the best for a read. I’m glad I waited so long to read it because the time/place for the read was perfect. I just enjoyed the hell out of this story. A lot of elements of the story hit my favorite things, and I loved its ...more
Kirjavaras
Apr 23, 2016 Kirjavaras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ryövärijoukko on vastustamaton, Ronja ihanan omapäinen päähenkilö ja Ronjan ja Birkin ystävyys vertaansa vailla. Harmi etten lukenut tätä lapsena.
Marylin Haidri
Sep 26, 2010 Marylin Haidri rated it it was amazing
So if I ever have a daughter, I may name her Ronia in hopes that the child will be even half as plucky, wild, and big-hearted as the heroine of this book. Set in the cold and lonesome woods of Scandinavia somewhere, two robber families feud in a sort of viking version of the Capulets and Montagues. From these families come our our fierce little Ronia and kind red-headed Birk, meant to be sworn enemies but instead become sworn brother and sister. Their loyalty to each other in the face of parenta ...more
Manny
There's this thing that happens to some children's authors who become too successful. They realise that every kid grows up reading their books, and they gradually start to feel that they ought to be, you know, telling them something important rather than just entertaining them...

So in this case we have Astrid Lindgren, who'd already written Pippi Långstrump, Emil I Lönneberga, Karlsson På Taket and several other timeless masterpieces. These books are as light as air, and any message they're impa
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Claus Maack
I honestly can't remember if I've read this book before, but I have seen the movie and I know the story.

Reading this was an experience I can only explain as the Danish word "hyggeligt". I felt so nice and cozy and nostalgic every time I picked it up. Reading about Ronja's forest and her relationship with her father Mattis and her best-friend Birk just made me so happy! This definitely won't be my last Lindgren.
Holly
Feb 03, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
When I had finished the previous book, a book translated from Swedish, J handed me this book, another book from Sweden. I was not familiar with the author until I saw she had written Pippi Longstocking - and of course I had heard of Pipi, even though I had never read any of her adventures.

I had a great time with this book. Not only was it translated literature, but also kid lit, which I adore. The author made you really love the world in which Ronia is growing up - you could practically hear the
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Constanze
Jan 02, 2008 Constanze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fathers, mothers, children (grown-up children, too)
This has been one of my favourite books ever since I first read it at around eight years of age. I hadn't re-read it in at least five years, though, and was amazed at all its subtleties: it deals gently, but without pretense, with themes of gender, politics, death, and above all growing up -- the bond between parents and children, the difficulties of letting go, and of becoming your own person. At the same time, it is a very enjoyable story of adventure and exploration; it has fantasy elements a ...more
Jan
Aug 10, 2010 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, fantasy, stars5
How I adored Ronja when I was a little kid. Tough, stubborn and so very, very cool (though I didn't use that word yet back then I believe).

And what a magical world she lived in! How I longed to be there, scary as it sometimes was!

Definitely one of my all-time favorites, and recommended for head-strong girls everywhere.
Kayli
Dec 30, 2010 Kayli rated it it was amazing
The perfect story. Really-- there are no flaws with this book. Every character, every scene, every feeling is absolutely right. I love Ronia. I love Birk. I love Matt and Lovis and Noddle-Pete and everyone. This book made me laugh out loud and even brought tears to my eye. I love the adventure and the cockiness and the love and the, well, everything! I'm so so glad I bought it for my daughter for Christmas. She loves it too. So, if you have a child aged 5-12, buy this book and read it to them. I ...more
Sigrid
Mar 07, 2016 Sigrid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boekenbingo-2016
Even terzijde:
Een klassieker. Ik heb dit boek als kind gelezen en toen ik op de PABO zat, was dit boek verplichte voorbereiding voor onze drama-week. Met mijn klasgenoten destijds hebben wij een toneelstuk van dit boek gemaakt en opgevoerd op een aantal basisscholen. Ik heb daar leuke herinneringen aan.
Verder ben ik fan van Astrid Lindgren. Mocht je ooit de kans krijgen om haar geboorteplaats Vimmerby te bezoeken...Zeker doen. Er is een prachtig museum over haar werk middenin een soort openlucht
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Dila
Looking for something, I just stumbled across an old, pretty worn copy of this book and immediately lots of memories and feelings popped up.
As a little child, this was one of my absolute favorites and I listened to it and - when I was older - read it countless times.

To me this was far better than any of the other books by Astrid Lindgren and I know almost all of them. But not having read this book in a few years now, I can't really explain why this is. Probably that's another good reason to rer
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Inger
Feb 05, 2016 Inger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boekenbingo-2016
Het enthousiasme van een leerling uit mijn groep maakte dat ik dit boek vrij positief begon te lezen, ondanks dat 'de gebroeders leeuwenhart' mij vorig jaar best tegenviel. De eerste paar hoofdstukken van het boek konden me niet echt boeien, maar vanaf het moment Ronja veranderde in de stoere roversdochter die ze de rest van het boek blijft, begon ik het boek meer te waarderen. Ronja heeft toch wel een beetje mijn hart kunnen stelen.
Desiree
Oct 23, 2008 Desiree rated it it was amazing
i have been saying "woffer dun do dat" my whole life. i adore this book. just incredible. pippi is wonderful but this story is so moving and so well-written and fascinating... it far surpasses pippi. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
E.F.B.
Nov 25, 2015 E.F.B. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children ages 8-12
Recommended to E.F.B. by: TORn Book Club
From the description on the back of my copy of the book: “On the night Ronia was born, a thunderstorm raged over the mountain, but in Matt’s castle and among his band of robbers there was only joy—for Matt now had a spirited little black-haired daughter. Soon Ronia learns to dance and yell with the robbers, but it is alone in the forest that she feels truly at home. Then one day Ronia meets Birk, the son of Matt’s arch-enemy. Soon after Ronia and Birk become friends, the worst quarrel ever betwe ...more
Alexis Neal
Aug 29, 2013 Alexis Neal rated it really liked it
Another classic from my childhood. Lindgren is a very capable Swedish author (best known for Pippi Longstocking and Mio, My Son), and this book is a great example. Lindgren presents the life of a robber's daughter quite compellingly--the day to day pleasures of life in and around the woods are told in vivid detail; the reality of robbing and other adult concerns are only vaguely addressed. In that sense, it is very like a child's view of life. Ronia, the title character, is spunky and courageous ...more
Halfempty
Oct 28, 2008 Halfempty rated it it was amazing
Best book ever! Oh, and the picture on the cover...Ronia is so hot! She's how I imagined myself to be in my ten-year-old dreams.

On a dark and stormy night, a huge bolt of lightning shot down from the sky and SPLIT Matt's Fort in two. That was the night that robber Matt's daughter, Ronia, was born. But that same night, another baby was born...Birk, son of Matt's robber rival, Borka. When Borka moves his band of robbers into the other side of Matt's fort, on the other side of the chasm caused by
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Cissa
Apr 07, 2016 Cissa rated it it was amazing
Written by the author of the Pippi Longstocking books, this more obscure novel is a lot of fun.

Ronia grows up in an enclave of professional robbers, but her interest is more in the woods around their encampment. Complications ensue when she meets the son of a rival robber clan, and they bond- making life more complex all the way around.

It's not quite as anarchic as Pippi, but has lots of action and growth arcs for most of the characters, including the adults.

Very recommended! As an adult reading
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Misti
I love this book! I've loved it ever since I read it as a child. The characters are great and the harpies scared me when I was young. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great, feelgood read.

ETA: I re-read this book in September 2012 after many years of not having read it. I still love it. Yes, as I'm much older now, it seems very simplistic, but it is a children's book. I love the robber's forest and can't help but think there is a whole world there that we only get to see a lit
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Amanda
Feb 04, 2010 Amanda rated it it was amazing
My German roommate first recommended this to me, and before I knew it she gave a copy to me as a gift. Noora my Finland friend later on also recommended this book, so I assumed it must be a classic for children in Europe.

I am not disappointed. I love all the characters: the no-nonsense of Lovis, the childlike qualities of Matt and all the other robbers. Every aspect of the book is pretty much just-right. It is light and funny but also has serious parts. Very well-balanced, I should say.
Mihail Kostov
Mar 03, 2014 Mihail Kostov rated it liked it
Астрид Линдгрен е доказателство, че детските книги могат да бъдат по-стойностни и по-зрели от тази, които се четат от „порасналите“. Тя се осмелява да разглежда теми като съзряването и смъртта, а в случая, макар никъде да не се споменава направо, става въпрос за брака и най-вече за компромисите и жертвите, които хората трябва да правят.
Въпреки това, книгата не ме впечатли толкова, колкото „Братята с лъвски сърца“ и моят фаворит „Емил от Льонеберия“
Chris
Pippi Longstockingget all the attention, but this book is better. While Pippi is wonderful, Ronia is real, and any girl can easily see herself as her. It is a wonderful story with a little more emotion than Pippi.
Heather
Feb 04, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it
2016 LBC Bingo: Book recommended to you by a book club member

This was sweet and fun. I want to read this to Riker when he's older.
Rebekka Berthold
Jun 23, 2015 Rebekka Berthold rated it really liked it
“Then she realized that there was even more to the world than she had thought. And it made her sad that the stars were there but she could never reach them, no matter how far she stretched her arms toward them.”
Jaro
Feb 23, 2016 Jaro rated it it was amazing
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Jamie
Mar 17, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it
This is a book I would have loved had I read it when I was Ronia's age. 6th grade, on the cusp of puberty, I got into a lot of arguments with my father that made me wish I could run away and live in a Bear's Cave with a hot red-headed dude too.

But reading it as a 24-year-old woman is a slightly different perspective. I read this from two points of view that helped me to appreciate the story and the writing a bit more than if I was reading this merely as an adult female with no particular lens.
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Emilia
Aug 16, 2012 Emilia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olen lukenut kolme Lindgrenin kirjaa ("Ronja Ryövärintytär", "Mio, poikani Mio", ja "Veljeni Leijonamieli"), joistan tämän sekä suomeksi, että ruotsiksi. Tästä myös pidin eniten, sillä toisin kuin kahdessa muussa yllämainitussa, tässä puuttui mustavalkoisuus-aspekti lähes tyystin. Ei ollut kaameaa pahista (kuten Mion "Kato" tai Leijonamielen "Tengil", jotka ovat niin pahoja kuin olla voi), ja hyviksetkin olivat ryöväreitä. Ronja tosin kieltäytyy jatkamasta isänsä ammattia, mutta isä ei silti ole ...more
Erik Akre
Mar 08, 2016 Erik Akre rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers of sophisticated youth fantasy/adventure
I read this out loud, tag-team, with my daughter when she was about ten years old. It's been a point of bonding ever since. It was a marker (for me) of her transition from younger reading to a more sophisticated and varied menu of books.

Lindgren creates a truly unique world, complete with two competing bands of robbers, a hard-won friendship between two robber-children, a dangerous forest of unknown mystery, and a beautiful landscape, with a real sense of place in the writing. The story of child
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Cathrin
Hach, schön das mal wieder zu lesen. Mein Lieblingskinderbuch. Ich liebe Ronja einfach! Eine schöne Geschichte über Freundschaft und Überwindung unsinniger Feindschaft und irgendwie auch eine Liebeserklärung an die Natur und den Frühling.

Was ich besonders schön finde und was das Buch gegenüber anderer Lindgren-Bücher (die ich auch (fast) alle liebe) abhebt: es ist keine episodenhafte Erzählung sondern eine einzige zusammenhängende Geschichte, die auch eine Botschaft übermittelt. Es braucht keine
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Sarah
Jan 09, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I Really enjoyed reading it. I got into it after watch Goro Miyazaki's anime series of it (if you liked the book, the anime is wonderful!). The only thing I would say against it, is that it gets into side stories and then doesn't expand on them at all. It could be much bigger of a book if the author expanded on it. So you get this feeling of everything being kind of half explained. I loved it anyway, because the story really speaks to both the difficulties growing up and with letting children gr ...more
Eskaha
Dec 12, 2015 Eskaha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book I read in Swedish. Of course I've seen the movie a bunch of times and chose the book because I felt I already knew the story, but it still surprised me and made me very happy. It's written in a very poetic, sometimes heartbreaking way that actually made me cry twice although I'm still fighting with the language. Astrid Lindgren was such a genius.
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Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, née Ericsson, was a Swedish children's book author and screenwriter, whose many titles were translated into 85 languages and published in more than 100 countries. She has sold roughly 145 million copies worldwide. Today, she is most remembered for writing the Pippi Longstocking books, as well as the Karlsson-on-the-Roof book series.
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“- Събирам лятото в себе си, тъй както дивите пчели събират мед - рече тя. - Събирам една голяма пита лято, от която да черпя живот, когато то вече е свършило. Знаеш ли какво има в нея?
И заразказва на Бирк.
- Това е неповторима пита, поела в себе си изгреви и боровинкови храсти, вътре са и луничките от твоите ръце, и лунната светлина, огряла вечер потока, и звездното небе, и гората в пладнешката жега, когато слънцето напича боровете, и ситният вечерен дъждец, и други такива работи, и катерички, лисици, зайци и елени, и всички диви коне, които познаваме, и плуването, и ездата в гората, да, виждаш ли - истинска пита, сбрала цялото лято!”
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“Instead, I ask you with all my heart, come back to Matt's fort with us now! It's not because I like you - don't think that, whatever you do! But, my daughter does - I know that now - and perhaps I can learn too.” 2 likes
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