by Theresa Tomlinson
read aloud 4, readability 7
In the time of Knights and Ladies fifteen year old Mary escapes her noble lifestyle to the forest. She seeks freedom from an arranged marriage with an elderly man, the only type of man who would marry an orphan. In the deep forests, she meets up with the poor citizens of the kingdom, a healing woman, and some outlaws. This unusual mix of characters provide the basis for an exciting and suspenseful story that explores the classic Robin Hood tale through the eyes of Maid Marion.