Cody, Matthew Will in Scarlet, 184 p. Knopf (Random), 2013. $17. Violence: PG (similar to Robin Hood).
Will’s father has left him charge of the castle and the family as Father leaves with King Richard to conquer the Holy Land for England. Unfortunately, that means that young Will must defend his people and his property from the greedy hands of Prince John, who will use any excuse to attack and conquer. After a major disaster, Will is forced into the forest, where he becomes part of a band of young people who have also been John’s victims and they try to first stay alive, but second, make John’s life miserable.
I am not really sure how popular Robin Hood retellings are at the moment. While my items about knights and such do circulate, my students are not clamoring for them. Good swashbuckling stuff, just a small audience.
MS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher.