FICTION

Hood

Disney-Hyperion. Jun. 2020. 320p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781368047456.
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Gr 7-10–An action-packed, plot-driven, reworked legend starring the daughter of Robin and Marien, Isabelle of Kirklees. Isabelle has known a quiet life inside the priory walls where she resides with her mother, the Prioress, until she is arrested by King John’s royal soldiers for defending innocent villagers against his cruel laws. After Isabelle is rescued from confinement she is thrust into the world of ruthless mercenaries, sneaky thieves, and handsome wanted outlaws, where she becomes the target of Sir Rodger of Doncaster, aka the Wolf, hired by King John. While in hiding, Isabelle joins the Merry Men of Sherwood on a mission through the English countryside in search of her father, Robin Hood, former Earl of Huntingdon. With her mother’s life hanging in the balance, she is forced to either betray her family, or stand up to the Wolf’s treachery. Isabelle is a strong heroine, in the company of secondary characters—Adam of Locksley, Sir Rodger, Little John, and Helena—who enhance the emotional impact of her journey. Overall, the text is accessible, laden with adventure, heartfelt moments, and high humor. Robin Hood is a model hero with wit, cunning, and bravery. The ending leaves readers wanting more, and there is room for a sequel. Pair with Meagan Spooner’s Sherwood, Brigid Kemmerer’s Call It What You Want, and Betsy Cornwell’s The Forest Queen.
VERDICT A twisty, fast-paced adventure that will be an excellent addition to every collection, but especially where mythology, legend, and historical fiction are in demand.

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