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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 convivial curmudgeon
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
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Rowan
Mar 14, 2016 Rowan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 12-15, robin hood fans, girl hero fans
What a strange feeling to read a book and feel like it was written with me in mind. I picked this one up on a whim. I love stories with mediaeval settings, have a soft spot for tales of Robin Hood, and the title character shares my name -- my chosen name. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much. I had never heard of the book or its author, and thought it might be nothing more than mildly diverting children's lit.

In the first chapter, the book surprised me, and I revised my estimates, both of my ex
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Jacqueline
Oct 10, 2010 Jacqueline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Lanie
I love rowan hood! This was, I think, my first exposure to robin hood outside of the Disney movie with the fox.:) I read these way back in 6th grade or so, and I'm ever so happy to be rereading them as an adult! See,THIS is a decent children's robin hood novel! This is good!

The writing is just wonderful, and Rowan's great, even if she is a bit modern (this is to be expected in a girl focused hood story, I believe.) And they actually address the fact that she WAs NOT an outlaw until the end of t
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Rebecca
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Logan
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
Jessica
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
Steven Bell
Mar 15, 2016 Steven Bell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and easy read. It's not terribly deep or complex but I appreciate the handling of magic and Rowan's gender exploration. I'm curious about the sequels and where the author might take the characters and story over time.
Cheryl
Dec 16, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, there are readers who will be delighted that this is the beginning of a series. But I only read it for something a little different, a break from my usual fare. And I did like, but not love it. I, personally, wanted more about Robin, as I've not ever yet read a good story about him.

I do have a question, though, for those of you who know horses.
"[The horses] broke their tethers and galloped in several directions. They formed herds by color, as horses will, with the gray horses taking off
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Cathy
Jun 28, 2017 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books of all time - Rowan Hood - the daughter of Robin Hood - but he doesn't know it yet! Delightful journey into Sherwood Forest as Rowan makes her own way - determined not to be married off and treated like a servant. In the meantime, she meets her father - an adventure in itself.

Highly enjoyed the audio book - filled with song and music!
Mac
Feb 17, 2017 Mac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read through it so fast and all I can think about is what happens next for the group of youth?! Such a creative story idea and written beautifully.
stillme
May 30, 2017 stillme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jfiction
Read aloud to my 9 yo daughter, and we both enjoyed this.
Isabelle Ogden
supper good lots of twists
Grace
Nov 21, 2009 Grace rated it it was ok
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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
An Odd1
Nov 27, 2013 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fan
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
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Hayley
Mar 14, 2012 Hayley rated it really liked it
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
Cathy
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
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Jessica
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
Darla
Jun 20, 2012 Darla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
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Brooke
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
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*skittles*
May 02, 2009 *skittles* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lillian
I loved this... so much! This is a fantastic new retelling of the Robin Hood stories. Rosemary (Rowan) loses her mother and home and has nowhere to go, so she disguises herself as a boy and looks for her father she's never known. She IS told however, that he is... ROBIN HOOD. (Dun dun dunnnn!) After that, I was completely hooked on the story and couldn't put it down.

As much as like and admire Rowan for being the strong girl that she is, she's one of those main characters that I wouldn't want to
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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
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Salinda

⭐⭐⭐ = It was good but I think I am too old to find it super riveting or interesting.

I read Rowan Hood because Nancy Springer wrote the Enola Holmes series and I loved that series. It's one of my favorites. However Rowan Hood, an earlier series of hers was nowhere near as good. It was a fun, fast read but Rowan Hood was aimed at a younger audience than Enola and I'm older than when I read Enola so the quality of the story sort of went down.

I like the idea of a female Robin Hood and the story was
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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
Wealhtheow
Feb 11, 2013 Wealhtheow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
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
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
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BIO -- NANCY SPRINGER


Nancy Springer has passed the fifty-book milestone, having written that many novels for adults, young adults and children, in genres including mythic fantasy, contemporary fiction, magical realism, horror, and mystery -- although she did not realize she wrote mystery until she won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America two years in succession. DARK LIE
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