Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, Orphan, Magic, Fairy Tale
Goldeline by Jimmy Cajoleas is best described as a fairy tale cross between Robin Hood and The Scarlet Letter. Goldeline, the orphaned daughter of a witch, lives out in the woods with a group of bandits. Gruff, the leader, has adopted her and raised her to help him rob people. Goldeline is constantly plagued by fears of The Preacher, the man who had her mother burned as a witch. Everything changes when Goldeline discovers a boy about her age hidden in the coach while on a job. On an impulse, she decides to keep him hidden and save him. Everything goes wrong though when he discovers she is a bandit and reports them to the townspeople nearby. The Preacher and his men raid the hideout, and Goldie barely escapes, taking the boy, Tommy with her. The two become close as they struggle through the forest trying to find a safe place. Goldeline also begins to learn about the magic that is inside of her. In a final showdown with The Preacher, she harnesses her magic to save the people who have helped her.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39:
1, Article 31.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss1/31