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Hawksmaid: the Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Marian stars in somewhat dark Robin Hood retelling. Just OK.

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Female readers may especially enjoy the story of a girl being so much smarter than all the boys, and being the mastermind behind a gang as well known as Robin Hood and his merry men. For fans of the legend, the disbelief may be too great, and the element of fantasy that is contrived so that Matty not only becomes a world class falconer, but also speaks in "hawk" and inhabits hawk bodies, may be jarring. The frequent torturing and the evil behind Prince John and members of the Catholic clergy may be too dark for younger readers. The detailed explanations of the art of falconry, including a glossary, are a bonus in this medieval fantasy.

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