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Outlaw princess of Sherwood : a tale of Rowan Hood
Springer, Nancy.
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Publication Information:
New York : Philomel Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
122 pages ; 22 cm
King Solon the Red attempts to capture his runaway daughter Ettarde and force her into marriage with a rival king who has been threatening his reign.
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Sequel to: Lionclaw, a tale of Rowan Hood.
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Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.2 4.0 73784.
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Her father is determined to make her pay. It was just over a year ago that Princess Ettarde-her hand promised in marriage by her father to the power-hungry Lord Basil-escaped to the shroud of Sherwood Forest. There, Ettarde joined up with Rowan Hood's band of misfit teens, an outlaw-in-the-making and a princess no more. But now her father is determined to recapture her. He will do anything, even use his own wife-Ettarde's mother-as bait. In a cage. In the middle of Sherwood Forest. Ettarde will not stand for it, and neither will Rowan Hood. Nancy Springer delivers a stirring battle of wit and courage in this, the third in her Tales of Rowan Hood.

Author Notes

Nancy Springer was born in Montclair, New Jersey on July 5, 1948. She received a degree in English literature from Gettysburg College in 1970. She has written about 40 books for children, young adults, and adults including the Sea King Trilogy, the Tales of Rowan Hood series, the Book of Isle Trilogy, and the Enola Holmes Mystery series. She has won numerous awards including the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, the Joan Fassler Memorial Book Award, and two Edgar Allen Poe Awards.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. In this third installment of Springer's Tales of Rowan Hood, a series that imagines the merry men sharing Sherwood Forest with an offshoot band led by Robin Hood's daughter, the past of another of Rowan's outlaws rears its ugly head. The runaway princess Ettarde finds herself baited into a renewed battle of wills with her father, King Solon, who has placed a cage deep in the woods and locked the queen inside. Knowing he means to lure her to her mother's aid, then push her into a dreaded marriage, Etty concocts a plot that forces her father to deal with her on her own terms. Backstory is gracefully interwoven, but there's enough continuity with the previous books to satisfy old hands (Lionel still incenses Etty by calling her dear lady ), even as Springer introduces another gender-bending subplot. The ending brings Etty back to the threshold of courtly life, but tantalizing loose ends suggest that future visits with Springer's eccentric, appealing outlaws may be imminent. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Nancy Springer's third volume of Tales of Rowan Hood, Outlaw Princess of Sherwood, follows the band of teenage outlaws led by the daughter of Robin Hood, as they take in a new member-a princess who has fled the prospect of a horrible arranged marriage. Now the king will do anything to get his daughter back-even put her mother in a cage in the forest, as bait. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-Focusing on a different character from her Rowan Hood tales extended from Robin Hood legends of old, Nancy Springer develops another female protagonist trying to find her way in a world in which there are severe limitations for girls (Philomel, 2003). Princess Ettarde, called Etty by her forest companions, had defied her father by refusing to marry the suitor of his choice. Now she faces his willingness to publicly cage and torment her mother in order to draw Etty back into his fold. In spite of internal battles over her role in life, her difficulties in sticking to outlaw status, her bravery and survival skills, Etty manages to mount a rescue and determines to find a way to live on her own terms. One more new character joins Rowan's bandAa young woman disguised as a boy in order to evade a court life not to her liking. Robin Hood makes his appearance in the scheme to defeat Etty's father, King Solon. Well read by Emily Gray, all the characters are clearly differentiated. Gray does an excellent job of conveying Princess Ettarde's uncertainly, indecision, and ultimate success in making her father deal with her on her own terms. The novel is strong on character growth and will interest young teen girls. The almost-familiar Sherwood Forest setting and events will attract listeners already acquainted with other Springer titles, both in this series and in her Camelot series. The ending, which leaves the princess and her rescued mother just approaching a relative's home, invites a sequel. Although it is not necessary to have read the previous two novels in the series to follow this one, those who have will be better able to understand some of the references. Teens who enjoy medieval settings and new twists on old stories should be very pleased to find this in school and public library collections.-Jane P. Fenn, Corning-Painted Post West High School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.