Will Shackley, a thirteen-year-old heir living in Shackley Manor, must quickly flee the very castle he grew up in because villains are trying to steal power from his father. As he’s fleeing, he stumbles upon a band of thieves in Sherwood Forest that take him prisoner. It is within this band of thieves, that Will begins seeking vengeance for the wrongs inflicted upon his family. Ironically, Robin Hood is one of the members. This is the “new” story that has carved itself out in the Robin Hood tales of how stealing from the rich to give to the poor came about. If you want to learn what happened to Will and the thieves, pick up a copy to find out.
I really enjoyed this children’s story and loved reading about a new twist to the normal Robin Hood tale. It was fun getting to meet the band of thieves and not having Robin Hood steal the spotlight this time around. The storyline was entertaining, the characters were well-written and engaging and I walked away with a good feeling about this story overall. I think children will enjoy this fast-paced story and they’ll even find some humorous parts in it as the tale unfolds before them as they turn each page. I have to truly say that as an adult, I enjoyed the story so I don’t think children will have any problem wanting to read it either. Well done!
Will Scarlet is on the run.
Once the sheltered son of nobility, Will has become an exile. While his father, Lord Shackley, has been on the Crusades with King Richard, a treacherous plot to unseat Richard has swept across England, and Shackley House has fallen.
Will flees the only home he’s ever known into neighboring Sherwood Forest, where he joins the elusive gang of bandits known as the Merry Men. Among them are Gilbert, their cruel leader; a giant named John Little; a drunkard named Rob; and Much, an orphan girl disguised as a bandit boy.
This is the story of how a band of misfit outlaws become heroes of legend - thanks to one brave 13-year-old boy."