The Forestwife by Theresa Tomlinson

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In England during the reign of King Richard I, fifteen-year-old Marian escapes from an arranged marriage to live with a community of forest folk that includes a daring young outlaw named Robert.
 

About Theresa Tomlinson

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Shortlisted twice for the Carnegie Medal, Theresa Tomlinson has an outstanding reputation for her historical novels. Visits to Turkey have sparked her imagination and allowed her to research ancient Troy--the world of the moon riders and voyage of the snake lady. Theresa Tomlinson has three grown children and lives in Whitby, England, with her husband, an architect, and her cat, Mewsli.
 
Published July 1, 1993 by Jonathan Cape. 166 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Young Mary and her canny nurse Agnes brave a purportedly haunted forest to reach the solitary hut of the witchlike Forestwife, Selina, only to find her dead.

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As it happens, the old Forestwife-a skilled healer with vague connections to pre-Christian traditions-has recently died and Agnes takes on her job, with Mary (renamed Marian) as her assistant.

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An ""ambitious, albeit flawed reworking of the Robin Hood legends,"" said PW: Maid Marian, on the run from an arranged marriage, finds a new life in the forest.

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Theresa Tomlinson’s Forestwife is a good kids’ book.

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