Will in Scarlet

Will in Scarlet This reimagining of the Robin Hood legend tells the story of the young boy behind the bandit hero s rise to fame Will Shackley is the son of a lord and though just thirteen he s led a charmed prote

  • Title: Will in Scarlet
  • Author: MatthewCody
  • ISBN: 9780375868955
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This reimagining of the Robin Hood legend tells the story of the young boy behind the bandit hero s rise to fame Will Shackley is the son of a lord, and though just thirteen, he s led a charmed, protected life and is the heir to Shackley House, while his father is away on the Third Crusade with King Richard the Lionheart But with King Richard s absence, the winds ofThis reimagining of the Robin Hood legend tells the story of the young boy behind the bandit hero s rise to fame Will Shackley is the son of a lord, and though just thirteen, he s led a charmed, protected life and is the heir to Shackley House, while his father is away on the Third Crusade with King Richard the Lionheart But with King Richard s absence, the winds of treason are blowing across England, and soon Shackley House becomes caught up in a dangerous power struggle that drives Will out of the only home he s ever known Alone, he flees into the dangerous Sherwood Forest, where he joins an elusive gang of bandits readers will immediately recognize How Will helps a drunkard named Rob become one of the most feared and revered criminals in history is a swashbuckling ride perfect for anyone who loves heroes, villains, and adventure.

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      Originally from the Midwest, Matthew Cody now lives in New York City with his wife and son When not writing books or goofing off with his family, he teaches creative writing to kids of all ages.

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    • I enjoy fairytales and folklore retold, so of course I'm a fan of the Robin Hood legend. Luckily, people retell it all the time. (See current Robin Hood books SCARLET and LADY THIEF by A.C. Gaughen.)Matthew Cody's WILL IN SCARLET takes several liberties with the legend, to good effect. It doesn't just feel like a checking off of rote setpieces. The eponymous Will is actually William Shackley, a noble heir displaced by the machinations of Guy of Gisbourne. The first bit, about Will's backstory, g [...]


    • I'll admit off the bat that I am a Robin Hood fan. I've read quite a few different Robin Hood stories. Stories with Robin as a boy, a girl, a grown man, or just a cover story for someone else entirely. But this book comes at it from another character altogether. William Shackley is the heir to Shackley Castle and while reluctant to assume lordly duties, expects things to remain as they are until his father returns with King Richard from the Crusades. But when Richard's imprisonment becomes known [...]


    • I enjoy a tale retold from a different point of view, and lore is, by nature, fictional. I'm a little put off by this one because too much of what has traditionally been Robin's story has been given to a relatively minor character in the old tales. It's a good read and stands on its own, but I'm siding with Robin Hood.


    • What makes a person a legend? Why does the world remember some and others fade away? Is it all just collective forgetfulness and wishful thinking? Matthew Cody explores the Robin Hood character in a whole new light in Will in Scarlet: what if Robin Hood weren't actually Robin Hood at all? We had a ball reading this one; it's always fun to see old friends in a new way.


    • I adored absolutely everything about Will in Scarlet. That, my friends, is getting harder and harder for me to say. It's not often anymore that a book completely sweeps me off my feet. That it enchants me so wholly, that I'm saddened when it ends. Matthew Cody's brilliant reimagining of Robin Hood did just that, and I'm thrilled! Let the gushing commence.First off, this is a much different take on the Robin Hood tale. While all the essential elements are there, the reader is taken on a new journ [...]


    • ARC via NetGalleySolid and ultimately relatively* satisfying retelling of how Robin Hood came to be. Robin Hood isn’t a new topic for YA or adult fiction and, unsurprisingly, nothing new is created here. There’s the trope of the boy-on-the-verge-of-manhood, the well-trod trope of the girl-pretending-to-be-a-boy-in-Robin’s-band (this time it’s Much), and of course the noble-who-discovers-his-privilege-is-built-on-the-backs-of –the-starving-poor. All these common themes are carried off r [...]


    • Will in Scarlet is an imaginative retelling of the Robin Hood legend from a new perspective--that of the young Will Scarlet, a boy of fourteen who's growing up as merry old England is falling apart under the rule of Prince John Lackland.Like all Matthew Cody's books, this one is smart and funny. It's an accessible middle-grade read that's both action-packed and meaningful. Beneath all the goofy fun, there's a very serious undercurrent about the nature of identity and how we define ourselves. Mos [...]


    • The 13 year old heir of Shackley Manor, William isn't eager to leave his days of mischief and play behind. But one fateful night, when December's cold is so deep that wolves are pushed to desperation, Will Scarlet becomes Lord William, Wolf-slayer. Leading the entire serfdom doesn't seem so terrible, eve ig it is a bit boring. As questions come to the castle from a pretender testing his uncle Lord Geoffrey for his loyalty. Will knows that King Richard and his father will be home soon, putting an [...]


    • so good, althought i think some more work could have gone into the cover art. its not eye grabbing enough. i know, i know, one should never judge a book by its cover, but that is pretty much impossible and we all know it. i loved will he was realistic and much was so awesome. she reminded me of scarlet from the Scarlet buts but much less . . . .well, bitchy. it was a nice spin on the story, if a common one. all hood stories now a days seem to contain a girl disguising her self as a boy. heres a [...]


    • Middle grade readers can hitch a ride back in time to merry old England, filled with medieval castles, sword fights and thieves who rob from the rich and give to the poor! Sound familiar? Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody is filled with adventure, danger and larger than life action as a thirteen-year-old boy must flee for his life from his father’s castle as it is overrun by treacherous and scheming villains looking to gain power, wealth and favor in the eyes of the crown. Young William is captu [...]


    • There are so many Robin Hood tales that have been written over the years. Will in Scarlet stands out as a great book for middle graders. The books tells the story of Will Scarlet like you have never seen him before a rich noble. His story is the main focus of the book in this coming of age Robin Hood tale. Told in more of a historical fiction fashion, we get a glimpse of life for both Nobles and peasants during the crusade. While King Richard is off fighting an almost endless war his people are [...]


    • Matthew Cody has created a new Robin Hood tale. This story about William Shackley, who comes to be known as Will Scarlett, is presented with a new perspective. There is little of the romantic notion we hold about Robin Hood to be found in this tale. Instead this is a story about how England might have been during those feudal times, and the brutality of life is quite clear. A band of Merry Men living in a forest is not exactly the picture Cody paints in his story.We meet Will while his is still [...]


    • I really enjoy books about famous fictional heroes that aren't actually about the famous fictional heroes.Will in Scarlet is a Robin Hood story told first and foremost through the eyes of the young lord, William Shackley. Later, the voice of Much, the miller's daughter turned son, is added. Their stories and the paths that lead them to the Merry Men of Sherwood Forest shape the lore around the infamous Robin Hood. But while we get a glimpse into the wanted bandit, it's Will and Much who the read [...]


    • I enjoyed this book. I like to read middle grade fantasy as it is some of the most imaginative reading material there is. This book is certainly no exception. I was impressed with this for a couple of main reasons: I didn't feel that the author spoke down to the intended audience. The story has a very traditional Robin Hood feel when it comes to the way the dialogue is written and I thought it was intelligent enough for an adult to keep entertained with. That was a nice change.Secondly, the book [...]


    • Will Shackley is the son of Lord Shackley. Will's father is accompanying King Richard. Will's uncle has a nickname for Will. It is Will Scarlet. Because whenever Will was in trouble he would turn crimson. So his nickname is a play on his troublemaking ways and his name. Sir Guy of Gisborne is King John's main man. He visits the Shackley house. An attack takes place and Will's uncle is killed. Will escapes into the woods. There he meets the Merry Men. This book still had all my favorite character [...]


    • In this retelling of the Robin Hood legend, Matthew Cody focuses on Will Shackley, the protected son and heir of a wealthy lord. Will's father is away with King Richard the Lionheart, fighting in the Third Crusade, and with the cat -- I mean king -- away, the mice are beginning to play. Whispers of treason are heard throughout England. Will's charmed life has not prepared him for the power struggles and machinations erupting in King Richard's absence -- including in his own Shackley House. Will [...]


    • Everything I know about Robin Hood I learned from Loony Tunes, Men In Tights, and Disney. So I was reluctant to read this historical fiction title based off of a character that I couldn’t readily recall from one of my three Robin Hood sources. Will is a little lordling, reluctantly learning what it means for him to be a lord of a house. His father is off in foreign lands with King Richard, and Prince John and his lackeys are trying to take advantage of this fact. They come to kill his family a [...]


    • I got my Robin Hood fix in the others I read recently and don't need more now. That being said, the first part of this did make it seem like a good story, well-written, and if I were reading for a group I would continue. I definitely recommend it MG readers.



    • This is a very satisfying re-imagining of the Robin Hood legend, an origin story. I really enjoyed the audio book. It's read by the star of Grease 2, but don't judge! He is excellent at voices.


    • The story: One moment, Will is the son of a nobleman and heir to the castle. The next, his uncle is murdered, his mother flees into hiding, and Will is nearly killed in an ambush. He survives to swear revenge on the man responsible for all these misfortunes: Sir Guy of Gisborne, traitor to the crown and his uncle's killer. Surprisingly, when Will finds himself hiding out with a band of outlaws, he finds there may be more honor among thieves than among the nobles of his own class. Take Rob the Dr [...]


    • Not "the boy behind the Robin Hood stories" (I would have enjoyed reading that book), but "the boy whose life crucially intersected with that of Robin Hood, changing both their lives"less snappy as a phrase but interesting to read about.Mostly it's the story of a young lord, Will Shackleton, who loses everything at the hands of a first-class villain. He even ends up a prisoner of a band of outlaws led by the ruthless Gilbert Whitehand. At first he lives for revenge, then he struggles just for su [...]


    • "Will in Scarlet" reimagines how the great Robin Hood and his merry men came to be. While all readers will probably be quite familiar with the iconic figure and his particular role during this period of history, it does not lessen the enjoyment of the story. It is intriguing, entertaining, suspenseful, and surprising. On top of that, the audio edition is performed by actor Maxwell Caulfield, who has a great natural voice for narrating, and is also able to create distinctive voices for each chara [...]


    • Well, I was expecting werewolves and action. I got no werewolves and very little action. Will in Scarlet featured medieval politics a bit too much for my liking, but I think that it would be good for children who might become Game of Thrones readers as adults. Biggest disappointment: no Maid Marian. Some parts moved extremely slowly (but that might have been my aversion to medieval politics) which surprised me because children and teen books usually move quickly. Others flew by. Overall, it was [...]


    • So apparently everyone really liked this book and I have the unpopular opinion of not liking it. I couldn’t even get through the first chapter. I didn’t feel connected to any character and it honestly bored me from the get-go. So I dumped it to move on. Sorry not sorry.


    • Will in Scarlet is a Robin Hood story, but instead of focusing on Robin, this one focuses on Will Scarlet. It’s an interesting twist on the typical stories. I found that I was totally drawn into the story. The character development was excellent. I highly recommend reading this book!


    • Read this book because it hadn't circulated in two years. I enjoyed it as an adult; but i have an interest in Robin Hood and the time "he lived" Not really sure how much children will enjoy this, could bump it to YA but again not sure of the audience. Very realistic, well told story





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