Hawksmaid by Kathryn Lasky
The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian

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Before she was Maid Marian, she was Matty. . . .

Matty has been raised to dance well, embroider exquisitely, and marry nobly. But when Matty's mother is murdered before her very eyes and her father, a nobleman, is reduced to poverty, Matty's life changes.

As the daughter of Nottingham's most famous falconer, she finds a new destiny in the hawks her father keeps. She begins to understand their thoughts and even speak their language. The beautiful merlin Marigold becomes Matty's closest winged companion and her fiercest ally.

It is a treacherous time in England. The sheriff of Nottingham is rising to power, and a true king has been kidnapped. Determined to fight, Matty's friend Fynn becomes Robin Hood. As Maid Marian, Matty joins Fynn and his Merry Men, famously robbing from the rich to give to the poor.

You thought that you knew the legend, but this is the untold story. Bestselling author Kathryn Lasky soars to magnificent new heights here, giving us a bold tale of bravery and romance.


About Kathryn Lasky

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Award-winning author Kathryn Lasky has written many fiction and nonfiction books for children, including the Newbery Honor book Sugaring Time. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Published April 20, 2010 by HarperCollins. 308 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Matty and Fynn are childhood friends, playing together when Matty is not being taught by her father, Lord William, to work with hawks.

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In this lively Robin Hood and Maid Marian origin story, tragedy strikes the family of young Matty Fitzwalter when her mother is murdered and her father refuses to ally with the corrupt Prince John.

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Fynn becomes Robin Hood, and Matty is now Maid Marian, going undercover at Prince John’s castle to spy on the enemy.

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Readers will get a new perspective on the Robin Hood legend, and may learn some things about the true history of the time.

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