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Diary of a 5th Grade Outlaw

(Diary of a 5th Grade Outlaw #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Robin Loxley, the 5th grade outlaw of Nottingham Elementary, tells all! From Epic! Originals comes a comic-inspired illustrated novel series that treats growing up as an adventure.

Fifth grade has just started, and the school bully, Nadia, already rules recess with an unfair Playground Tax. Robin refuses to be pushed around, but all she can think about is winning back her b
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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sukhmanjot hans
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
this is the story of robin loxley, the best basketball player of Nottingham Elementary. the fifth grade had just just started and the school bully, Nadia claim unfair playground taxes from children and so she plans to expose Nadia with help of some of her friends and will she exceed? read this book to know more

talking about the book, this book was really so cute and the illustrations were so pretty. I give this to my cousin sister as she is 9 yrs old and loves to read story books. she finds it s
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In the halls of Nottingham Elementary there is a fifth grader named Robin Loxley. She is a lover of all things basketball and a believer in fairness. So when playground bully Nadia starts charging kids to play on the playground equipment, Robin wants to step in and do something.

Nadia takes Bonus Bucks as her playground tax. Bonus Bucks are rewards that students at Nottingham can earn by getting good grades, helping out in the classroom, or getting caught by a teacher doing something nice for so
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is quite a clever young read; the large and easy font makes it look like a volume for reluctant readers, but the spirit, drive and inventiveness of it should appeal elsewhere. Robin Loxley is a young basketball nut, who has a goal – get enough credit notes in school to give the-girl-who-was-her-BFF-but-isn't-any-more the prize reward of principal for the day. The only thing is that there is a nemesis for her – and pretty much everyone else in school, who is taxing every break time in any wa ...more
Michele Jennifer
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: div1, div2, netgalley
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My brother and I watched the old Disney Robin Hood (the one with the fox) on a loop on VHS when we were little. The whole "rob the rich to feed the poor" concept really appealed to little Michele, who was always making sure that everything was fair and who would get really upset if people were breaking the rules. (Wow, she sounds like a fun time, eh?) This book was a great throwback to the original material.

Kids have a really strong sense of justice, and I think that this story
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
My thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

This book, for some reason, just didn't work for me. I wasn't fond of the MC's voice and the storyline seemed a tad off to me. I recognize that this was a modern day retelling of Robin Hood and I thought that the concept was clever, but it didn't do much for me.

Not a bad book, but only 2 stars because two means "it was ok" and three means "I liked it", but I just didn't, so 2 stars it is. More
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A clever and captivating tale that rises above the simple illustrations. Robin and her struggles with Nadia the bully will capture your heart. Her quirky band of friends were faithful and loyal as Robin Hood's Merry Men. Allana and Dale were always ready to provide a situation-appropriate rap. I don't expect them to be cutting any albums soon, though. Of course, Robin feels best wearing her hood and makes a new friend in Little Joan on the basketball court.

A shout out to Andrews McMeel (beloved
T Olsen
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good children's story about standing up for what's right, even for outlaws. The characters are very good and the story is easy to read. The comic panels won't win many prizes, but they fit the story very well.
Sherie Munday
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book about friendships, bullying, school and it is told with a great sense of humor. I highly recommend it!!
Ona Shepherd
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Diary of a 5th grade outlaw was an interesting book. I think this because it’s about this girl who loses her bff and does a bunch of crazy things to get her back. But there are some bad things about this book number one you can only find this series of book on the app epic. Number two there are only two chapters in a book so you have to read the whole series to get the full story. Even though there are some bad things about this book I would still strongly recommend this book!📚📖📘📗📙📕📰🗞
Steff Pasciuti
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Diary of a 5th Grade Outlaw by Gina Loveless and illustrated by Andrea Bell was actually an incredibly cute Robin Hood retelling. I've always been a huge fan of our favorite green hooded outlaw and so it comes as no surprise that I felt an instant need to read this one when I saw it. Robin Loxley in this one is a young girl who loves basketball and has noticed a serious problem with the playground tax the school bully, Nadia, has put to steal everyone's bonus bucks--a pri
J.L. Slipak
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Can we say Robin Hood re-telling?

This book addresses issues like friendship, facing fears and dealing with bullying. Fitting in is also covered. I love the MC, she is fearless, brazen, flawed and fun!

I also got a “Harriet the Spy” vibe while reading this. The two MCs seemed cut from the same cloth.

There’s a problem at Robin’s school with a school bully and Robin and her merry gang of umm kids, need to find a way of defeating her a
Ms. Yingling
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Copy provided by the publisher

First published on the Epic!Originals web site, this paper-over-boards book is meant to appeal to readers of comics like Big Nate. Even though Robin is in fifth grade, the font is I Can Read size-- about 20 point. This makes it a better fit for first and second graders who are good readers than 6th graders who struggle, so I think this copy will find its way to the elementary school. I found the idea of a Playground Tax to be a bit hard to believe, and Robin didn't
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Diary of a 5th Grade Outlaw is a clever modern-day version of Robin Hood. It's the story of Robin, a basketball-loving kid, who just wants the playground bully to stop charging a tax on fun. It's a story of friendship, forgiveness, and redemption that kids will enjoy (and I also appreciate as an adult!)
Ashley Sosa
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Diary of a 5th grade outlaw #1 by Gina Loveless is about a 5th grade girl and the book is her diary and talking about a small moment that matter in 5th grade. I record this book to 5th to 6th grade because they would understand the wording and the experience
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Took me less than an hour to read, read it on epic, but a good fast story
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for my 9 year old son and he devoured it. He said he really enjoyed it and it is difficult to find books he will read. Thank you #netgalley for an ARC.
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
Sam Wedelich
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fun and funny retelling of Robin Hood!

I thought this book was funny and clever. The characters were cute and the drama that unfolds felt both realistic and fantastical (in a good way) for middle school kids.

I think this is a great option for reluctant readers/kids who gravitate toward graphic novels, but who are looking to expand to chapter books.

Give it a go!
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clever and cute, DIARY OF A 5TH GRADE OUTLAW by Gina Loveless introduces readers to a young, hooded crusader Robin Loxley, a student at Nottingham Elementary. In this delightful retelling of Robin Hood, you’ll read of the adventures of the sharp-shooter basketball star as she tries to win back her best friend through a noble cause—stopping the unnecessary tax collection of “bonus bucks” on the playground by Nadia the bully. Robin is resilient and relatable with a witty voice who makes some mista ...more
First of all, I love the names used in this book--Nottingham Elementary for the school and Robin Loxley for the protagonist. Those conjure up images of Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest in my mind, aided by the illustrations and text depicting Robin in her ever-present green hoodie. Robin has started fifth grade with a lot of worries. She's somehow offended her best friend, Mary Ann, and hopes to give her the best birthday present of all, courtesy of her Bonus Bucks. But when she and her new friend ...more
Jill Jemmett
This story is a retelling of Robin Hood, in a middle school setting.

A lot of the elements in the story were exaggerated to reinforce the story of Robin Hood. The main character was a girl named Robin who was literally wearing a hoodie all the time. The school had a currency that students could earn when they did well on assignments. However, a mean girl named Nadia ended up creating a playground tax so she could steal everyone’s money. It was a silly way of giving Robin a way to “steal” from the
Diary of a 5th Grade Outlaw is a revamp of the Robin Hood story. While it is a middle-grade book, older readers who know the original Robin Hood story will enjoy all of the sneaky mentions of the original.

My biggest issue with the book was the lack of character development. Most of the characters were one dimensional and were difficult to relate to.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Gina Loveless
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Jennifer Muller
I  received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

This is a modern day telling of Robin Hood. I can see why this would appeal to kids. I thought it would be in diary format since it's in the title. The prologue is in diary format but drops it.

Having read younger books that didn't read as young, I was a little disappointed that this book definitely read as young. Not a bad book. I'd give it 3 stars.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute book that revolves around a fifth-grader named Robin. The story follows her adventures in school. Fun characters. Would recommend.

Thank you to Gina Loveless, NetGalley, and the publisher for an ARC of this book.
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