Article Title

The Forest Queen


Meagan Andrus


Significant Shortcomings, Young Adult, Robin Hood, medieval, romance, folk tale

Document Type

Book Review


Sylvie is a noblewoman who loves the forest of Woodshire near her home and spending time in it with her best friend, Bird. When her older brother, John, becomes the sheriff of Woodshire, he plots to marry Sylvie off to some other faraway nobleman so he can maintain control of their estate at Loughsley. But Sylvie decides instead to run away to the forest with Bird and make her own destiny. Soon, they are joined by Little Jane, a girl with a tragic past and an unpromising future, a midwife named Mae Tuck, and a few prisoners who couldn't afford to pay the high taxes that John has imposed. In their forest home, Sylvie and her new family are happy. But John is willing to go to extreme lengths to capture Sylvie and put an end to her plundering of wealthy estates and homes in order to feed the poor of Woodshire and her forest community. It's up to Sylvie and her friends to right the wrongs her brother has done and see to it that justice is finally served.