Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5
Genre: Historical fiction / Time travel
What did you like about the book? The awesome cover drew me to want to read this Robin Hood remake, and I was not disappointed. At an archery competition in Nottingham, Olympic hopeful Eleanor Hudson takes a wrong turn and finds herself in medieval times. She eventually encounters a whole cast of characters that she identifies from the Robin Hood legend (Little John, Will Scarlett, Much the Miller’s son, and the evil Sheriff of Nottingham). Witnessing the evils perpetrated by the sheriff, Eleanor’s sense of fair play won’t allow her to remain on the sidelines. With the help of a yew longbow she is given, Ellie finds herself re-enacting a series of events that she recognizes from Robin Hood stories. One character not in the original stories, a handsome Knight Templar named James, plays a large part in keeping headstrong Eleanor alive and provides romantic interest. Although the mechanics of how Ellie came to travel back in time travel is never explained, there is a very satisfying ending with a twist that should please readers.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The cover might make readers think it’s a Hunger Games clone, but it is not.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend to readers who would enjoy reading about a enjoy snarky female heroine in a historical setting. For a female “Robin Hood” intended for a slightly younger audience, direct readers to Nancy Springer’s Rowan Hood series.
Who should buy this book? High school libraries, middle school libraries and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve in general fiction or in historical fiction if you have genre shelving.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Top quarter.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 7/15/17