Hawksmaid: the untold story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian
By Kathryn Lasky
Harper, 2010. 292 pp. Chapter book.
In this unique tale of Robin Hood, Maid Marian is the star character. Introduced as a young child by the name of Matty, the book follows her as she grows and matures and becomes the Maid Marian of legend along with her childhood friend, Robin Hood, otherwise known as Fynn. The fascinating glue of the story, however, is in her involvement and ability with falconry. Spun with a magical touch, her bond with the birds goes beyond mere talent to something much deeper--something unexplainable. If you ever thought you knew the story of Robin Hood, this book will give you a whole new perspective.
I found this story interesting and engaging. Although it started out a bit rough--I thought the author's use of old language forced and unnatural--I was spelled into enjoyment after getting through the first few chapters. This story is packed with adventure and would be a great read for any boy or girl interested in the Robin Hood era. Well told and another wonderful pick for historical fiction buffs.