Springer, Nancy. Wild boy: A Tale of Rowan Hood.SPRINGER, Nancy. Wild boy. (A Tale of Rowan Hood), Penguin Putnam, Philomel phil·o·mel
[Alteration (influenced by French philomèle) of Middle English phylomene, from Medieval Latin philom . 128p. c2004. 0-399-24015-2. $16.99. J*
Springer continues her lively action-adventure series about the members of a band led by Rowan Hood, the daughter of Robin Hood Robin Hood, legendary hero of 12th-century England who robbed the rich to help the poor. Chivalrous, manly, fair, and always ready for a joke, Robin Hood reflected many of the ideals of the English yeoman. , in this fourth tale, following Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest Sherwood Forest, formerly a large royal forest, mainly in Nottinghamshire, central England. Remnants of the forest exist near Mansfield and Hucknall; efforts began in the 1990s to replant and expand it. It is famous as the haunt of Robin Hood and his band. , Lionclaw, and Outlaw Princess of Sherwood. Young Rook rook, term used for a common Eurasian bird (genus Corvus) of the family Corvidae (Crow family), smaller than the American crow. The jackdaw is a European species of the genus. Rooks nest in large colonies, whence the term rookery. has run wild in Sherwood Forest ever since the Sheriff of Nottingham Sheriff of Nottingham
traditional badman; thwarted in at-tempts to capture Robin Hood. [Br. Lit.: Robin Hood]
See : Villainy let his father die, nursing his anger and desire for revenge. He has been aligned with Rowan's group but holds himself apart, rarely speaking and sleeping in the rough. When he comes across the Sheriff's son, Tod, caught in a trap in the forest, Rook sees his chance for vengeance, but despite his hatred of the boy's father he comes to his aid. Tod ran away because the Sheriff beat him, and Rook gradually comes to understand how lucky he is to have had a loving father, and to be part of the community of outlaws in the forest. When the Sheriff captures Rowan, they plan at first to exchange her for Tod, but in the end Rowan is rescued and Tod is sent to a safe haven 1. Designated area(s) to which noncombatants of the United States Government's responsibility and commercial vehicles and materiel may be evacuated during a domestic or other valid emergency.
2. . Rook's broken heart over his father's death starts to mend, and he accepts his place in Rowan's band, no longer a wild boy.
This fast-moving tale will draw readers in quickly; however, it helps to have read the others in the series. Springer is a talented writer who nicely balances action with soul-searching and eloquent descriptions of the forest setting. A fine addition to a terrific series. Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT