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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-It has been nearly a year since Princess Ettarde escaped from a fancy carriage to the cover of Sherwood Forest to avoid an arranged marriage. She has been happy living as Etty, one of the band of Rowan Hood, until her father and his troops arrive and place her thinly clad mother in a gilded cage to lure Etty back to her regal life. The teen dearly loves her mother, and resists the urge to flee. With her friends in the Rowan band as well as the help of Robin Hood and some of his men, she works through a clever plan to resolve this crisis. King Solon has given his daughter a good education in Greek philosophy, which she puts to use in confronting him, and applies her skills as a logician in many situations in the story. There is conflict and action from cover to cover as characters ply their varied skills to achieve goals and live life on their own terms, in a beautifully depicted forest setting. Fans of the series will enjoy this third installment; while new readers may be puzzled by references to past events, and will not fully understand the characters, they should still find the story satisfying.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.