Publishers Weekly Review
Olympics-bound archer Ellie Hudson is in Nottingham, England, for a tournament when a detour into off-limits caves transports her back in time. Emerging in the Middle Ages, with Richard the Lionheart reigning and Prince John vying for the throne, Ellie immediately finds herself on the wrong side of the law, pursued by the sheriff of Nottingham and his forest rangers. Disguised as a boy, she teams up with Sir James, a Templar knight turned cleric; a gangly boy named Much; and two rogues, Will Scarlett and Little John. In the role of Robin Hood, Ellie finds her modern idealism leading her to challenge the rich and powerful in the name of the poor and disenfranchised. Debut author Connolly's historic Nottingham is richly imagined and described, and she cleverly incorporates differences in the English language, law, and gender roles into this fresh take on the Robin Hood mythology. Ellie's newfound allies' lack of concern over her modern clothes and speech requires some suspension of disbelief, but this historical caper is well worth it. Ages 14-up. Agent: Lucienne Diver, Knight Agency. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
Gr 7 Up-While competing in the Olympics, held in England, archer Ellie Hudson notices a mysterious monk. She follows him into the tunnels under Nottingham Castle and finds herself in medieval England, during the reign of King John. The 21st-century teen quickly butts heads with nasty Shire Reeves and the armed Knights Templar. Hurling insults and an arrow or two, sarcastic Ellie is soon mistaken for one of the most notorious vigilantes in history. The protagonist is fully developed, and Connolly's attention to historical detail is strong. Robin Hood fans will enjoy Ellie's escapades as she runs around Sherwood Forest, bumping into bad guys, and teens interested in historical fiction with a generous mix of action/adventure will appreciate this page-turner. Read-alikes include fairy-tale and myth retellings such as Renée Ahdieh's "The Wrath & the Dawn" series, David Almond's A Song for Ella Grey, and Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora. VERDICT A general purchase for public or school libraries seeking additional historical fiction for teens.-Meaghan Nichols, Archaeological Research Associates, Ont. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Ellie Hudson is a top U.S. archer, and she's heading to Nottingham for the Olympic qualifying trials. Her brother should be with her, but Robert gave up archery when he joined the Peace Corps in an effort to make a difference. In between being angry at him and worrying about him he isn't based in the safest part of the world Ellie explores Nottingham, until a wrong turn somehow transports her to the Middle Ages. After a close encounter with the castle's guard, Ellie borrows her brother's name and joins forces with a knight just back from the Crusades. The people of Nottingham are facing a dark age indeed; what else can Ellie do but assume the mantle of a certain legendary archer? As long as she finds a way back home without changing history, everything should be fine. This cheeky take on the Robin Hood legend is pure fun. Connolly's swashbuckling debut will satisfy any adventure fans, and Ellie's struggle to come to terms with her brother's decision gives added depth.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2017 Booklist