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Alida's Song by Gary Paulsen
The Arrival
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Bird by Rita Murphy
Border Town (边城) by Shen Congwen
Catwings Return by Ursula K. LeGuin
Circus by Lois Ehlert
Flanimals by Ricky Gervais
Good Morning, Gorillas (Magic Tree House #26) by Mary Pope Osborne
Guy Wire by Sarah Weeks
Harold's ABC by Crocket Johnson
High Tide in Hawaii (Magic Tree House #28) by Mary Pope Osborne
Horns by Joe Hill
Jane on Her Own by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Kids' Guide to Digital Photography by Jenni Bidner
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Mary Modern by Camille Deangelis
The Octonauts and the Great Ghost Reef by Meomi
Ottoline Goes to School by Chris Riddell
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee
A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander
Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House #4) by Mary Pope Osborne
Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
Receive Me Falling by Erika Robuck
Science Fiction and Alternate History by David Scholes
Size Eight in a Size Zero World by Meredith Cagen
The Tarot Cafe Volume 2 by Sang-Sun Park
Tea for Ruby
by Sarah Ferguson
Uncle Andy's Cats by James Warhola
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Un Lun Dun by China Mié
Walter Wick's Optical Tricks by Walter Wick
When Teachers Talk by Rosalyn Susanne Schnall


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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8




Comments for Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood

Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood: 08/30/10

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)When I was about twelve, I got bitten hard by a literary crush on Robin Hood. I spent my summer vacation reading every single Robin Hood book my library had and renting every single Robin Hood film the local video store had. So when Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee was short listed for the Cybils this year I was thrilled.

Outlaw re-imagines the Robin Hood legend and tries to take the swashbuckling camp out for a grittier and more realistic version. Unfortunately the monotone illustrations don't couldn't carry the story. Every page was so dark that the line work was hard to see.

Thinking back to when I was the age this book is intended for, I would have been disappointed. Sure, I would have read it, but I would have been wanting more swashbuckling and more romance and less grit.

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