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Will in Scarlet Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Cody, Matthew
ISBN: 0375872922     ISBN-13: 9780375872921
Publisher: Yearling Books
    OUR PRICE: $6.30  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: August 2014
Annotation: In the late 1100s, thirteen-year-old Will, the future Lord of Shackley, is exiled to Sherwood Forest, where he meets Robin Hood and the Merry Men and bands with them to try and retake Shackley Castle.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Inheritance and succession; Fiction.
Robbers and outlaws; Fiction.
Robin Hood (Legendary character); Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Legends, Myths, Fables
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2014032645
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.50" W x 0.75" (0.40 lbs) 260 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 161867
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 10.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q62005
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 16.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): MATTHEW CODY is the author of The Dead Gentleman, Powerless, Super, and the upcoming Villainous. Originally from the midwest, he now lives in New York City with his wife and young son. Besides novels, Matt has written for both DC Comics and Marvel, and is a regular moderator at the Thalia Book Club camp at Symphony Space.

From the Hardcover edition.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
Will Scarlet and Much the Miller's son join up with the outlaw Merry Men. Both have secret identities that are gradually revealed. Cody does a serviceable job slotting Will and Much in with Robin Hood, Little John, and the rest, all the while adding depth and realism to these classic characters. A cast of characters and a map are included.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2014 #1)
Will Scarlet and Much the Miller's Son are quite the unlikely pair. Their stories become intertwined when Will flees into Sherwood Forest after a botched kidnapping attempt and joins up with the outlaw Merry Men (orphaned Much has recently joined the band "because they needed someone sneaky"). Soon Will and Much are in Shackley Castle, robbing the evil lord who has seized the place. Little do Much and the rest of the motley crew know that thirteen-year-old Will is the true heir to the Shackley Lordship. But Much's own revelation is even more stunning: the Miller's "son" is actually a girl in disguise. The two join forces with John Little and Rob the Drunk (the identity of the latter will be obvious to perceptive readers early on) as they try to hide the stolen treasure, maneuver their way through Sherwood Forest without being caught by the Sheriff of Nottingham, and avoid the evil lord's attempts at vengeance. Cody does a serviceable job slotting Will and Much in with Robin Hood, Little John, and the rest, all the while adding depth and realism to these classic characters. Fans of John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series will find plenty to like here: lots of action, witty repartee, and an immediate style that will draw readers into the story. However, one of the problems with Flanagan's popular series--a tendency to overshare characters' thought processes, which hinders the pacing despite cracking action scenes--also crops up in Cody's writing from time to time. Other than the occasional slog, this should be a popular choice. A cast of characters and a map are included. sam bloom Copyright 2013 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 October)

Gr 6–8—In this gritty, complicated origin tale of Robin Hood, the exalted King Richard the Lionheart is kidnapped and his brother, Prince John, decides to make a play for the throne. He sends his mercenary captain, Sir Guy of Gisborne, to Shackley Manor to test the regent's political leanings, and the manor's heir, young Will Shackley, is tricked into injuring Sir Guy's servant. The castle regent, knowing this is a ploy to hold Will hostage and secure his support, refuses to let him be taken and is assassinated. Frightened for his life and filled with thoughts of revenge, Will flees to the haunted Sherwood Forest where he is captured by bandits. He adopts the name Will Scarlet and tempts their cruel leader into sending him and a small contingent back to Shackley Castle with promises of easy riches. The plot, full to the brim with political intrigue, scandal, and revenge, moves at a slow but steady pace. Where the story really shines is in the fully developed characters. Several well-known heroes and villains are described from a perspective different from the familiar archetypes. Robin Hood is a drunk running away from a broken heart; the Sheriff of Nottingham is a fair but weak-willed peacekeeper; and Will Scarlet discovers what life is truly like for his serfs and intends to do all he can for them. The politics and geography are mapped in great detail, which may become cumbersome to those not familiar with feudal government, barring casual or reluctant readers from truly digging into this action-packed and thoughtful adventure story.—Devin Burritt, Wells Public Library, ME

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