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3.5Continuing the Rowan Hood series, I was a bit reticent to pick up this installment. I've been a bit meh about this series overall, and haven't really gotten into the whole 'each book being about the backstory of a different character' thing.Added to that the fact that Rook, while an interesting character, has always been on the periphery, and I didn't really know what to expect from this book.That said - it ended up being one of my, if not thee, favorites of the series. Rook's story is touchi...
There's a whole lot of teenage angst and melodrama going on in this series.
Probably the most enjoyable of these books so far...I mean again we sort of have the third book in a row where the villain is the abusive father of one of the characters thing, but at least this time it's a little bit different with the twist of Rook having to deal with his feelings about his father's death at the hands of another character's father...I think what really makes this book standout is that there's an incredible amount of character growth for Rook in this story. With "Lionclaw" and
I just have to say, I'm not much of a reader, but I liked this book. I would recommend it to people who are like me. This book is about the back story of one of Robin Hood's fellow out-laws and the sheriff of Nottinham's son. In the story it talks about how they live in the woods. Everything is going fine and dandy, until one day a boy rides though the woods. The out-laws kidnap the boy to question him, and find out he is the sheriff of Nottingham's son. He snuck out and stole a horse to go to t...
With the fourth installment in the tales of Rowan Hood's outlaw band, we learn the truth about their unkempt, unsmiling, untamed member. Wild boys and wild boars. Freckled noses and matted hair. Bruised ribs and battered hopes. Resurfacing memories and brave boys. In this volume, we have Rook's story, which neatly unfolds alongside Tod's (a runaway from Nottingham). Ah, my heart ached for them. With Robin Hood's help, both boys find some measure of comfort and resolve where their respective fath...
I’ve always loved the Rowan hood serious and honestly, this book just falls in with the others I’ve enjoyed. My only complaint overall is the length of the books isn’t enough to really get to know the characters. Or maybe that it’s more narrative heavy and you get inside their heads less. Either way, I don’t connect with the characters on a personal level. But you know? That’s okay. Not every series has to do that. Sometimes you come across a series that you don’t necessarily connect with, but y...
I was excited to read this book about Rook because he intrigued me. His story was difficult because unlike the others he wouldn't let himself trust and that led to him fighting until the very end. Even after he accepted that he could be open with the others he still had to fight the habits that he had formed. Now of course there was still the fun adventure of the story but it showed the pervasiveness of the root of bitterness.
The biggest part of this story for me were the descriptions of fathers and sons, living and dead. Springer weaves a loving story of Outlaws and those who hunt them, as well as lost sons and those who want them, or simply tolerate them. This is Rook’s story and it’s a good one - rebellion, grief, acceptance, survival. I feel as if I’m in the story, so I feel it deeply. CoVid isolation? Good storytelling? Whatever it is, 5 stars!
The fourth installment of Springer's Rowan Hood series focusing on Rook, the wild forest boy. We learn his father was caught in a man trap and killed by the Sheriff of Nottingham. Rook learns about forgiveness, humility, and compassion as he grapples with the sheriff's son who was similarly wounded in a mantrap. This was a nice addition to the series as it explores difficult themes we all need to learn about.
An unsatisfying back story about Rook; I was disappointed at the lack of believability and nuance.And yes, I know this is juvenile literature but as a fourth in the series, it was better not written.
See the first book in the series for a full review.
Spoilers if you've not read the first books.A short but poignant addition to the Rowan Hood series. We finally hear Rook’s tale, why he is who he is. His story isn’t entirely surprising if you’ve read the other books (it’s a tad predictable), but it’s still well written. This would definitely be my second favorite book.Springer keeps the world solidly consistent with what happened in the other books. There was also a nice, though never said in the exact same words, message that the son of the fa...
Followers of the series will be glad to finally hear Rook's story: who is he and why is he living wild in the forest? Young readers will thrill to the adventure, feel the sorrow of loss, and be glad that Rook learns to forgive and move on.For me, however, this series started feeling repetitive: * possible spoilers* Lionel is extremely tall and strong (like Little John) and a minstrel (like Allan-a-Dale). Rowan AND Tod And Rook's father are all caught in man-traps. Rowan and Beau both disguise th...
WIld Boy by Springer brought the boys into the mind of this hurting boy whose father was killed by the Sheriff of Nottingham. Now the sheriff's son is caught in a man's trap and asks, not begs, for help, in spite of the pain of the trap. Wild Boy learns that the wild can and do feel and express pain. The events make him realize the pain that he has hidden and denied, in order to survive. Robin Hood presents a gentle father who strives to make him and the sheriff's son do what is right, in spite
I was a little worried because this story is darker than the others in the Rowan Hood series. It focuses on Rook, the nearly-naked, aloof boy who doesn't speak much, but is loyal to Rowan in his own way. Rook lost his beloved father to a man-trap and turned his grief inward. A new character is brought in to contrast and compare Rook to, a boy with a vicious father, a boy who wants to prove himself. Rook begins to realize it might be better to have a father who loved him but died than a live fath...
I really liked this book because Rook is so unknown, a mystery. And in this book we find out about him. I think it's interesting that he thinks of himself as a wild animal, but am glad that he comes to see that he isn't. I also think it's interesting that he has such hatred toward this boy who didn't have anything to do with his father's death. And that they become friends. I love how smart Rook is but that he tries to hide it behind his wildness. I liked that, it seems to others, that he has ve...
Ninja were cutting onions while I was reading this.:'(OH WAHHH, THIS BOOK HAS SUCH A TOUCHING STORY. I really liked it, and it's probably my favorite in the series now. It turned out better than I thought it would!I love how Rook's heart and courage are put to the test, and how he's ACTUALLY ABLE to show mercy and compassion to an enemy he once hated tremendously... This book has a very good message about loving and caring for your enemies! A lotta people in this world could learn a thing or two...
One of the things that is really cool about the Rowan Hood series is that Springer plays a lot with the appropriate gender roles for her characters. Not all the girls are ladies, not all the men are fearsome. . .but neither is it the other way around. Instead there is an idyllic blend of kindness, courage, wisdom, passion, and a variety of flaws in each major player (boy or girl). This is good for young folk of any gender to read.
Wonderful! I decided that "wild boy" is my fav rowan hood story. We got to learn about took, see the sheriff, and even meet his son. Also, rooks character growth seemed the most realistic out of all the characters. Tod offered a perfect way for took to realize he's NOT a wild thing. And I loved that robin hood got a bigger more heroic role in this one. Instead of just wandering around in a costme failing to be funny. :)
Another good Rowan Hood book. I liked getting to know Rook and to learn what has made him who he is. I also thought his discoveries (both self and otherwise) were very well done, particularly because everything didn't magically fall into place for him but remained a struggle until he was willing to be accepting and allow himself to change and understand.
it was a good book man this person is a guinus and i loved the book i thought is was sad because the sherif killed rooks dad but i also loved the thrilling of it i couldnt stop reading it and it was amazing i always loved the robin hoods books i read scarlet the book and it was the same as this book they were both exciting to read and thrilling.
Does Nancy Springer have father issues? Possibly? No matter, because this is my favorite of the series. Who knew that Rook, who hardly even talked in the previous books, would become my favorite character? Loved it!
Fun and compelling story of a young man's journey to move past a tragic time in his life. This is Rook's story. Whether you read this as a fan of the Rowan Hood series or just stumbled upon it, enjoy the tale.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. A short novel, this story had adventure and even brought me to tears. And made me smile as well.Very good adventure that did a very good job of explaining the wild boy of Rowan Hood's band.
My second favourite apart from the origianl. Rook was always the mysterious character that you didn't know much about. He didn't even have a name in the first novel. It was great to unveil that mystery in this novel and explore the reasoning behind the lone nature of Rook.
Fourth in series. Based on Robin Hood.
this book was weird. it probably wasn't my favorite of the series. but you gotta love the fact that robin hood is in it, eh?
i don't know what it was but this book just seemed longer to me. Mrs. Springer did do a good job when she wrote it. the details are really good.
i liked this one best out of all the books in this series. coulda been betr, but it was fairly ok.
Short but remarkably well written. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about rooks past...although it is very sad. I'm also very glad he makes the human decision(s) throughout the book