Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest (Rowan Hood, #1)
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Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest (Rowan Hood #1)

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In her quest to connect with Robin Hood, the father she has never met, thirteen-year-old Rosemary disguises herself as a boy, befriends a half-wolf, half-dog, a runaway princess, and an overgrown boy whose singing is hypnotic, and makes peace with her elfin heritage.
170 pages
Published 2002 by Scholastic (first published June 25th 2001)
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colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
3 1/2

From the author of the Enola Holmes stories (which, if you've been paying attention, you know I adore) - a similar type of story which follows the daughter of Robin Hood. Since I quite like Robin Hood as much as Sherlock Holmes, I just had to give them a go.

I thought the story was pretty good, and I liked the magical/fae (aelfe in the book) aspects of the story, definitely adding a fantasy element to the story.

I admit I was a bit worried that the stories would be a little too similar to th...more
Thirteen-year-old Rosemary and her mother, a healer with elfin blood and powers, have always lived alone in a small cottage in the forest. The villagers come to her mother for cures, but the lord and his men fear and distrust her, believing her to be a witch. But Rosemary never expects that they would go so far as to kill her mother. But in just a few moments on a peaceful day, they do. Rosemary knows the same men who killed her mother might now come after her, even though she lacks her mother's...more
Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest was a bit silly at times, but hey, it's in the YA section, so it's bound to have a bit of childlike fun in it. On the whole I really, really enjoyed the book, which is part Robin Hood, part My Side of the Mountain, and part The Mists of Avalon.

Reading this made me want to pick up more Nancy Springer. Upon entering this review I learned that Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest is actually part of series. This pleases me greatly, but I'm also curi...more
Boy, Logan just ate this up. Rosemary's half-Aelpha (sort of Elfen) mother is killed by the local lord's henchmen, so she has to figure out how to survive on her own. Her mother had once said that Rosemary's father was Robin Hood, so she sets out to find him, acquiring on the way a dog/wolf, an over-sized boy minstrel as a friend, and some help from her Aelpha kinsfolk. She disguises herself as a boy and takes the name Rowan. There are 4 more books in the series and although it looks like they'r...more
The first time I tried to read this book in Aug 2007, I couldn't get through it; it just didn't capture my interest at the time. This year I read the Enola Holmes series by this author and really liked them, so thought I'd give this one another go. It's not as good as the Enola series, in my opinion, but I do like the author's ability to make strong heroines without making all men dumb, brutish, and mean. Not that some aren't, but not all of them. And the women aren't completely helpless and clu...more
Jack Cheng
This was another audiobook the family enjoyed. (9 yo girl, 11 yo boy).

Rosemary's mother is a healer and knows how to find clean water. This is useful information for her daughter when she is orphaned and is left with only the note that her father is the famous outlaw Robin Hood. Rowan makes some friends, a giant boy and a wayward princess and forms her own band. This is important because Robin Hood needs saving.

The action and plot of this book is fine but the book really focuses on the relatio...more
This book might make a good movie someday, I think -- somewhat of a cross between The Lord of the Rings (for the mystical setting and forests) and The Hunger Games (for its youthful characters, especially with the main character being a spunky female and an archer), with a little dose of Mulan.

Really, the only problem I had is with the back story about how Robin Hood became the Rowan's father. It seemed weak and unbelievable. Rewrite that to something more involved and interesting, (while still...more
Rosemary has nowhere to go when her beloved mother dies. She has never met her father-the outlaw Robin Hood-and she's grown up among the woodland creatures her mother loved. So she decides to change her name to Rowan, disguise herself as a boy, and undertake a perilous journey to Sherwood Forest, in search of Robin Hood.

It was interesting, a bit magical, a tad slow and not very exciting. I can not believe that this is the same author of the Enola Holmes' witty and entertaining and sometimes dow...more
An Odd1
Rosemary 13 feels her "woodwitch" mother's spell of protection, suddenly fierce, suddenly gone, and retrieves an unharmed cool silver gimmal ring of many strands from Celandine's charred body. As Rowan, she chops off her hair, rips and ties her frock into leggings, sets off to find her father, Robin Hood. Aelfe kin (ma's ma p 22) give her flint-tipped peacock-feathered elf-bolts and fittingly small bow.

Others join, comic relief and complications. Half-wolf Tykell grabs her arrows from the air, t...more
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This is a great book that makes the legendary story of Robin Hood accessible to girls, and lets them experience similar adventures from a girl's point of view. The protagonist is a young girl named Rosemary whose mother is part aelfin, which gave her some magical powers, most especially in the art of healing. Rosemary returns home one day to find her cottage burned down, and herself newly orphaned. Her mother had always told her that her father was Robin Hood, and so she sets out to find him and...more
Lisa Rathbun
I always hem and haw over the star ratings - maybe I should give this a five. I thought it was a well-written and exciting YA book. Robin Hood is the Robin Hood of legend - both reckless and gallant. The descriptions of the woods are compelling and make me wish I were there!

The story could confuse some young readers though, because it seems to be historic fiction but is really fantasy. One thinks it is a tale set in the brutal middle ages, but then suddenly finds references not only to spirits...more
(Genre:Children's fiction/fantasy) After the death of 13 year old Rosemary's mother, Rose (soon to call herself Rowan) heads off to Sherwood forest to find the father that she never knew--Robin Hood, the famous outlaw bandit.
My sons were appalled that someone wrote a story about Robin Hood having an illegitimate child. "What?!! What about Maid Marion?" they asked. You have to understand that their favorite movie when they were young was "The Adventures of Robin Hood" starring Errol Flynn (very o...more
Sam Kabo Ashwell
I harbour the unjustified prejudice that the YA books that work best are those that continue to work for an adult audience, but I don't really know how it holds up; the numerous problems I had with this book are likely to be irrelevant for its intended audience. It's an adventure. A circle of loyal friends accrue around the brave protagonist. Gender disguise (actually plausible) and Mary-Sueism abound. Adults are threatening and difficult to talk to, but this can be overcome. It's an enjoyable r...more
I can remember liking the first book of this series. (It's been several years since I read these) The concept of a series about Robin Hood's daughter was so interesting. I also remember not liking some of the books in this series just because, it was about a tom-boy, independent minded girl living in the forest with a bunch of guys. It wasn't so much that she was with a bunch of guys as it was, some of the predicaments that came up due to the fact that she was the only girl. The boys in her band...more
Rosemary is a misplaced girl in a big forest. Shortly after her mother is murdered by the castlefolk, Rowan is forced to rename herself and the future of her life. She must go as a boy where no girl nor woman would dare to travel, for an uncertain reward: for a new life, a home... and maybe for the first time, a father. Celandine, her mother, had only mentioned Robin Hood in passing, and only went as far to tell Rowan that he was her father and that he lived far, far away, on the other side of S...more
BY complete happenstance I have recently found myself reading a lot of female empowerment for teens type books. I.e. this and the Enola Holmes Mysteries. I have enjoyed both and really found this one to be well written and rather delightful.
I read these types of books to avoid the really heavy stuff. Sometimes you just want to get lost in a book and feel all akin to the characters without having to decipher text or find hidden meanings. Sometimes (as it often isn't in life) it is nice to just be...more
Bridget R. Wilson
When Rosemary's mother is murdered because they believed she was a witch, Rosemary renounces her femininity. She becomes Rowan and sets out to find someone she's never met before--her father. Rowan's father is none other than infamous outlaw Robin Hood. Sherwood Forest is fraught with much peril. Rowan rescues a princess from a unhappy marital fate and befriends a minstrel. She, like her father before her, becomes an outlaw.

What I thought: I love the idea of giving favorite stories a fresh face...more
Althea Ann
First in a series of 5. This really is a kids’ book, but it’s fun light reading, and may also be enjoyed by those of all ages who are fans of the Robin Hood legend. Rowan (or Rosemary) has always been told by her mother that she is the daughter of the outlaw Robin Hood. When she is left alone in the world, she decides to run off to the forest, disguised as a boy, to join Robin’s band, and to find out what kind of man her absentee father might be.

There are the expected outside-the-law hijinks, as...more
VERY good story of a strong heroine, forming her own band of outlaw children to live in Sherwood Forest side-by-side with the infamous Robin Hood. Fans of Tamora Pierce's books, specifically the Song of the Lioness, will love this. Just the right mixture of physicality and magic.
Lady Knight
I love Robin Hood stories, and was really intrigued by the thought of his having a daughter and seeing what her adventures were like. This book really disappointed me. I expected so much more from it.

Rosemary knows that she's the daughter of Sherwood's most famous outlaw, Robin Hood, and after her mother's murder she decides that she will go join her father's ranks. The catch? Not only is she a girl, but her father doesn't even know she exists. So, she changes her name to Rowan and makes her app...more
Elisabeth Wheatley
This writer started out with an awesome idea...telling a story of Robin Hood from his daughter's perspective. This story had some very masterful and unique elements to it. But I didn't like the way Rowan Hood seem to resent the fact she was a girl. She wants to do boy things and I relate to that (I was and still am a bit of a Tom-Boy myself), but the impression I received was that she considered her feminity as an inconvenience. I felt that the book also lacked the amount of swash-buckling actio...more
After her greenwitch mother is killed by the local lord's men, Rosemary is left with no where to live. With just her half-wolf and a shoddy bow to protect her, Rosemary tramps to Sherwood Forest, where she hopes to find the notorious outlaw Robin Hood--her father. The beginning is particularly enchanting, with lots of earthy details about living off the land. The end is a little contrived ((view spoiler)...more
Following in the tradition of the Alanna of Tortall books, this tale of a cross-dressing pubescent moppet will widely appeal to young readers who are already fans of the Robin Hood mythology. The presence of faerie-folk notwithstanding, this is an utterly unhistoric story (one scene has a young minstrel boy singing a Tudor-era ballad), but what Springer lacks in historical accuracy, she makes up for with a realistically gritty setting; our heroine frets not only about daddy-issues, but about fin...more
A sweet book, very appropriate for young readers. I like how Rowan made her own path in life despite of having a famous father - hard to do, and very admirable.
Erin Kelley
Pretty good! the story had some plot holes now and then, but i really loved the characters and the action. :D
This book is an easy read with a great, flowing storyline. I'd read it again!
Sherilyn Lipke
Just as good as I remembered! Now I'm desperately wanting to re-read the whole series though and I have waaaay too many other books to be reading at this time. It is a very quick read. I read it in probably an hour and a half. And I will admit, I am a very fast reader, but this book just flew by. It was great to re-read this story I read when younger because it isn't stupified for the younger children. I can read it now and not gag at the simplicity of it because it's not that stupid and simple....more
An old childhood favorite; a really quick, good read.
A great young adult story for anyone who likes fantasy and/or stories about Robin Hood.
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