An imaginative and engaging story retelling the Robin Hood legend from a female perspective. Like her previous novel, The Forestwife
, Child of the May
focuses on the outlaws living in Barnsdale, a secret clearing in the forest. Marian is the Forestwife, wielder of magical healing powers and guardian of Magda, a young girl whose mother was killed by the King's evil henchman, FitzRanulf.
Now 15 and longing for action and adventure, Magda can't wait to join her father, John and the Hooded One in their struggle. She finally gets her chance and finds herself in the heart of the enemy's camp during the Sheriff of Nottingham's banquet. Soon she is taking up arms to help three women imprisoned by FitzRanulf. Fast on her feet and an accomplished archer, Magda is as brave as any man or boy.
Child of the May is a compelling read for any young teenager, adding its own exciting chapter to the enduring romance of the Robin Hood myth.
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About the Author
Theresa Tomlinson was born in Sussex. The daughter of a vicar, she spent her early childhood in various places in the north of England. As a child she had no interest in writing, but she loved reading. Her main interest was drawing and painting. She attended Hull College of Art, and later trained as a teacher at Hull College of Education. She taught as an infant teacher for five years. Theresa and her husband live in Whitby, North Yorkshire, where Theresa spent her childhood. Over the years she has acquired an outstanding reputation for her historical novels, particularly those, like Wolf Girl, set on the north-east coast of England. Shortlisted twice for the Carnegie Medal and for the Sheffield Children's Book Award, Theresa takes a keen interest in the area where she lives. Recent visits to Turkey have fuelled her enthusiasm for the ancient mythology of that part of the world. Her scrupulous research has resulted in two epic stories, The Moon Riders and Voyage of the Snake Lady.