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Springer, Nancy. Wild boy: A Tale of Rowan Hood.

SPRINGER, Nancy. Wild boy. (A Tale of Rowan Hood), Penguin Putnam, Philomel. 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, in this fourth tale, following Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest, Lionclaw, and Outlaw Princess of Sherwood. Young Rook has run wild in Sherwood Forest ever since the Sheriff of Nottingham 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. 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
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Author:Rohrlick, Paula
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Date:May 1, 2004
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