Nov 5, 2013

Recent Reads: Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody + Audio Excerpt

Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody
Publisher: Random House Audio/ Knopf Books for Young Readers 
Available: Now!! October 8th, 2013


Format: Audiobook
Source: Random House Audio for review

My rating: 

Review: Going into this book I knew it was a story involving Robin Hood, thus the hat and arrow on the cover. I did not expect that it would also be a remarkable tale of a young boy coming to find the Merry Men and the adventure that ensues. Will Shackley is noble born, he has lived in a castle, his father is a Lord and knight, and his mother a Lady. When his father does not return from the Crusades with King Richard all things go awry and this leaves Will without a castle or his parents.

Left to fend for himself he joins the Merry Men out of necessity and to take revenge on the crazy man that has torn his home apart; little does he know he will befriend them.

I really enjoyed this story. It was full of adventure and living each day to its fullest and is an interesting take on how Robin Hood came about and became the legend that he is known as today. Will is smart, resourceful, and a wonderful male character many boys would love to read about. Rob and John are full of depth in this tale from start to finishing making the reader laugh the whole way through. Much was an interesting addition to this tale as well, she disguises herself as a boy and for many months has been seen as such by the Merry Men. She is just trying to keep herself out of trouble and keep her secret.

The plot was a bit slow at first with accounts of Will in his home before all the craziness begins. If you are expecting Robin Hood right off the bat, you are not going to get it so be forewarned. There is a good amount of build up until you realize who and where Robin is … it is a funny realization too.

The dynamic of these characters working together and against one another was a wonderful read. They are witty and engaging and I think any Middle Grade reader would be happy to read this book, or listen to the audiobook as I have. 

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  1. I really like the concept of this book, sounds like a great MG book!

  2. It was very good and it has been one of my favorite MG so far this year.