Juvenile Monica Furlong Robin's Country

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Robin's Country

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Dummy, a mute servant boy, flees his cruel master, stumbles upon Robin Hood's secret hideaway, proceeds to unravel the mysteries of his own origins, and finds the opportunity to prove his bravery and worth. By the author of Wise Child.

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Known in her homeland of England in many roles—journalist, biographer, novelist, feminist, and activist—Monica Furlong was best known in the United States for her award-winning novels, Juniper and Wise Child. Monica Furlong died of cancer in January 2003 at the age of 72. Colman is her last work.
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Gr. 4^-6. Dummy, who is mute, is an abused servant on a small farm near Sherwood Forest. When a chance to run away presents itself, he escapes into the forest, where he falls, literally, into the home of Robin Hood and his men. Two very different plots are thus entwined--one involves the return of King Richard; the other, the return of Dummy's speech and the discovery of Dummy's true identity (he's really the godson of the King, who incredibly recognizes him after many years). What will keep children reading are the descriptions of "playing house" in the forest; mastering bows; and being a guy among guys, with even Marian fitting in. Portrayed as tomboyish and happy in men's clothing, she's not at all the stereotypical nurturing woman. In fact, she's cool toward Dummy until she learns to trust him. Robin's fascination with trickery and danger is also distinctive, with Dummy eventually recognizing that Robin thrives on recklessness. There aren't any surprises here, and the resolution comes too quickly, but the book is filled with adventure and swagger that will attract readers. Mary Harris Veeder

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