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Forbidden Forest: The Story Of Little John And Robin Hood

3.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  57 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
This companion book to the author's highly acclaimed "In a Dark Wood" tells the story of one of the most beloved literary legends of all time: Little John.

Michael Cadnum takes us on a journey through medieval England and deep into the heart of Sherwood Forest. From his humble beginnings as John Tannerson , son of the Tanner, we watch John Little's story unfold as he grows
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Orchard Books
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Emily Tierney
Feb 24, 2014 Emily Tierney rated it really liked it
This story of war, justice, and love is told through the eye's of Little John. With a name like Little John you'd think he was a young boy, yet surprisingly enough Little John is just Robin Hood's younger assistant. As the story begins John is left on an empty field with nothing but the earth and wind surrounding him; as time goes by the reader is told the promising story of how John and Robin are united and create a friendship of faith and trust. Later the story explains why Robin stole from th ...more
Brandon Owen
Mar 27, 2014 Brandon Owen rated it really liked it
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Forbidden Forest: The Story of Little John and Robin Hood is a fictional interpretation of the legend of Robin Hood, told shadowing the thoughts of John Little. The story begins before John had ever known Robin Hood truly existed, as he and his master try to grab a penny or two off of some rich folks on a ferry. Things go awry when a knight catches them stealing and John is forced to flee the scene, leaving his master behind, presumably to die. In the struggle he accidently kills t
Dec 29, 2013 Kara rated it really liked it
Shelves: robin-hood
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Sandra Strange
This realistic story Little John and Robin Hood parallels and explains many of the legends associated with that “outlaw.” Told mostly from Little John’s point of view, with sections told by a merchant’s daughter, the adventure appeals to both girls and boys. The book gives a realistic portrait of life in early medieval England. Although the format of the book makes it look like it is aimed at middle school/junior high audiences, this retelling is NOT for faint of heart. Mature, but not horribly ...more
Tay Mackey
Mar 25, 2008 Tay Mackey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: younger people
Recommended to Tay by: No one
This book is about a guy named Little John, and he tries to save a person in his village. The villager is getting excuted for perjury. Little John then saves the villager because he believes he is innocent. The king and his men then chase him so they can put him in jail and maybe excute him. Little John then excapes and has to find another place to live. While he is trying to find his way around he runs into Robin Hood and his crew. Robin Hood and his crew invite him to the crew and now he lives ...more
Emily Hughes
Jan 31, 2014 Emily Hughes rated it it was ok
I found this book to be fairly mediocre. There was no explanation for what I think was old English inserted randomly throughout the book. I really don't see why they were there. It was really odd and confusing, but it fits in with a lot of other odd and confusing aspects of the book. Often I felt a little whiplash. Some of the scenes consisted of only four or five sentences making it feel like the author has ADHD. It made everything feel disconnected. The scenes would skip time an dnot explain h ...more
R.M. ArceJaeger
Mar 27, 2011 R.M. ArceJaeger rated it liked it
Shelves: robin-hood
Although this book starts with John becoming an outlaw, I found it kind of dull…at first. About 1/4 of the way through the book, a certain other character was introduced (not Robin Hood) and then things started to get much more interesting. In the end, I was pleased with the book, although the ending left me dissatisfied.
Jun 09, 2008 Dominique rated it it was ok
Shelves: robin-hood, folklore
This book was geared for a young adult and the foreshadowing was quite obvious, though it might not be for the readers this book is geared for.
Jun 16, 2011 Janet rated it liked it
A good story. An easy read.
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Michael Cadnum has had a number of jobs over the course of his life, including pick-and-shoveler for the York Archaeological Trust, in York, England, and substitute teacher in Oakland, California, but his true calling is writing. He is the author of thirty-five books, including the National Book Award finalist The Book of the Lion. His Calling Home and Breaking the Fall were both nominated for the ...more
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