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Written by Michael Morpurgo

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The Story of Robin Hood

Robin Hood is one of the most popular characters of English folk legend and Michael Morpurgo paints a suitably romantic and heroic picture of him in this lively story. Following a big storm, a young boy in the present sets out to check on the survival of his favourite tree. When he finds a mysterious skull he is swept back into the past – right into the world of Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws. Michael Morpurgo brings the life of the forest alive as Robin and his men fight for justice for the oppressed against the tyrannical Sheriff of Nottingham.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

Outlaw Synopsis

After a fierce storm, a boy discovers a human skull, buried beneath the roots of an ancient tree. A skull with a legendary story...

Tell the sheriff, tell Sir Guy of Gisbourne, tell everyone in Nottingham, that the Outlaws rule here in Sherwood, that we rule in the king's name... I am Robin Hood.

Homeless and lost in a dark, strange forest, young Robin is rescued by a motley crew of misfits. He yearns to avenge his father and seek justice against cruel oppressors, to finally defeat the Sheriff of Nottingham, once and for all. And through his friends, Robin Hood finds the courage to become a legendary hero.

Vivid re-imagining of the legendary hero Robin Hood by bestselling author of War Horse.

Outlaw Reader Reviews

A review written by Ross Dawson, age 10    This book starts in the present and then describes the life of Robin Hood as it might have been. I learnt quite a lot about history from reading this book and about how hard life could be when you were ruled by someone as greedy and cruel as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Some things about Robin Hood’s band of outlaws were familiar to me like the characters’ names, but Michael Morpurgo also made me think about other things like discrimination, injustice and revenge.

Reading this book makes me hope more than ever that someone as good as Robin Hood actually existed!

Outlaw Press Reviews

Praise for Michael Morpurgo:

'Michael Morpurgo writes brilliantly about war and animals, conveying the big emotions without preaching.' - The Guardian

'Champagne quality over a wide range of subjects.' - Daily Telegraph

'There are few children's writers as compelling as Michael Morpurgo.' - Daily Express

'Morpurgo's gift is to make this long-ago world of danger and heartbreak accessible without ever patronising his young readers.' - Sunday Mercury

'Morpurgo, as always, is subtle and skillful, and incorporates social and moral issues into his writing without being self-righteous or detracting from the quality of the narrative' - Elizabeth Reilly, British Council

'The former children's laureate has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers.' - The Guardian

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ISBN: 9780007465927
Publication date: 29/03/2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007465927
Publication date: 29th March 2012
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Historical Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo, began writing stories in the early '70's, in response to the children in his class at the primary school where he taught in Kent.  One of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers, Michael was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003, a post he helped to set up with Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours in 2018 for services to literature and charity. He has written over 150 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, ...

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