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"[A] clever girl-power take on the Robin Hood legend."-The Buffalo NewsFans of Meagan Spooner's Hunted and CJ Redwine will love this reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood. Girl power rules supreme...
"[A] clever girl-power take on the Robin Hood legend."-The Buffalo NewsFans of Meagan Spooner's Hunted and CJ Redwine will love this reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood. Girl power rules supreme...
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  • "[A] clever girl-power take on the Robin Hood legend."-The Buffalo News
    Fans of Meagan Spooner's Hunted and CJ Redwine will love this reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood. Girl power rules supreme when a modern girl finds herself in the middle of a medieval mess with only her smart mouth and her Olympic-archer aim to get her home.

    Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the road to gold for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in jolly old England. When Ellie makes some kind of crazy wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle—yes, that Nottingham—she ends up in medieval England.
    Ellie doesn't care how she got to the Middle Ages; she just wants to go home before she gets the plague. But people are suffering in Nottingham, and Ellie has the skills to make it better. What's an ace archer to do while she's stuck in Sherwood Forest but make like Robin Hood?
    Pulled into a past life as an outlaw, Ellie feels her present fading away next to daring do-gooding and a devilishly handsome knight. Only, Ellie is on the brink of rewriting history, and when she picks up her bow and arrow, her next shot could save her past—or doom civilization's future.
    "A rollicking time travel adventure that will sweep you away to the forest of Nottingham. Be prepared for surprises around every corner and a stubborn, strong-willed heroine you'll root for from the moment she picks up her bow!"-Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of the Reawakened series and the Tiger's Curse series
    "This cheeky take on the Robin Hood legend is pure fun. Connolly's swashbuckling debut will satisfy any adventure fans."-Booklist
    "This fresh take on the Robin Hood mythology...is well worth it."-Publishers Weekly
    "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....[Hand to readers of] 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."-SLJ
    "An appealing mix of tough and vulnerable...humor and complexity...make this absorbing time travel tale a refreshing change of pace."-Bulletin

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  • From the book Chapter One

    Time stretched with the draw of my bow. Ancient ages whispered in the slide of the arrow on the rest, and all possibilities collected in that suspended instant when my breath slowed, my knuckle kissed the corner of my mouth, I loosed the shot—­

    And someone's cell phone went off in the spectator stands.

    I got the shot off, but the bowstring smacked my arm above the guard. The sting ran all the way up to behind my eyes. I did a little it-­hurts-­but-­I-­can't-curse dance but recovered quickly because, one, I did the same thing a couple of times a week, and two, Dr. Hudson's Third Law of Competition Dynamics was "Never let them see you lose your cool."

    Maybe Dad didn't put it quite that way, but it was what he meant. So I put my game face on and ignored the troubling fact that I'd let a cell phone distract me amid all the general tweeting and pinging and hubbub.

    God, Ellie. Just because everyone's watching to see when you crack . . .

    Even before I peered through the scope set up beside me, I knew it was a poor shot. But it was good enough that I could recover with a high-­scoring arrow and make it to the medal round.

    Hudson's Second Law of Competition Dynamics was "There is no such thing as good enough." There's ten points and there's try harder.

    With the Olympic qualifying trials coming up, and as the second-­highest-­ranked woman in the United States, fifth or sixth internationally, it was time to make my move up the rungs of the competitive ladder. That was what I was supposed to be doing in Nottingham. Not shooting like a reasonably accomplished summer camp counselor.

    But then, Rob was supposed to be here, not his alternate.

    Focus.

    That was Dr. Hudson's First Law. Its corollary was "Stay in the moment." Don't think about the last shot, or the next shot, only about this shot.

    One arrow left in my quiver and two minutes on the clock. I took my time fitting the nock to the string, trying to narrow the prismatic scatter of my thoughts. I visualized myself on the podium, the way the team sports psychiatrist had suggested. But what my brain called up was Rob and me on the stand, the way the U.S. Archery Team had run our picture after my first national medal.

    Crap. Instead of slowing its roll, my head game was about to go off the rails. I mentally swiped the image of Rob and me off the screen and zoomed in on the ten-­point X in the middle of the target. Just that. No flags and no nations, no babel of languages from officials and spectators. I focused until everything blurred except me and the target—­

    And the bizarrely dressed man between us.

    "Hold!" I shouted, lowering my bow and slacking the string. Years of safety standards kicked in before I fully processed what I'd seen. "Man downrange!"

    The firing captain echoed my shout in three languages, and all the archers on the shooting line immediately complied. A confused murmur rippled through the spectators, and when I blinked myself back to the larger picture, I saw why. There was nothing between me and the targets, stretched out like a row of unblinking eyes.

    The officials conferred on their headsets, checking that the range was clear. The delay wasn't long, but I could feel the murmur of annoyance trickling through the shooters.

    Finally the firing captain gestured for me to come off the line to talk to him—­pretty much the equivalent of getting called into the principal's office. As I stepped away from my spot, the North Korean girl shooting next to me—­my major competition for the podium—­made a...

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  • Kara Connolly loves history, though she has never time traveled. She lives and writes in Arlington, Texas.
    To learn more about Kara and her books, visit karaconnolly.wordpress.com or follow @karaconnolly4 on Twitter and @readkaraconnolly on Instagram.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 15, 2017
    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.

  • Kirkus

    May 15, 2017
    A modern-day white teen travels through time and becomes Robin Hood.Ellie Hudson is a privileged elite archer with Olympic aspirations from present-day America. While competing in Nottingham, England, Ellie follows a strangely dressed man in white into a cave and emerges (inexplicably) in the Middle Ages. The clunkiness starts here: Ellie is nearly apprehended! She escapes! She's nearly apprehended again! She escapes again! Then Ellie, who is passing for a boy, turns herself in to protect others and manipulates the notorious (but blandly drawn) sheriff of Nottingham into releasing her if she can shoot well enough. Ellie's talent shines through...and then the awkward pacing takes hold again with occurrences that feel either arbitrary or like filler. Ellie's aware that her purpose in the past may be to become Robin Hood, but she doesn't seem particularly interested in assisting the people of Nottingham. Then a plot to assassinate Prince John emerges, threatening the eventual king's ability to sign the Magna Carta. Connolly avoids the trap of offering a limp, unconvincing rationale for the time travel, but, unexplained, the device is still pretty slim. Couple it with an uneven plot and unconvincing premise, and even a gender-bending, butt-kicking, time-traveling heroine may not be enough to satisfy exacting readers, even if she is Robin Hood. Off target. (Historical fantasy. 12-16)

    COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    June 1, 2017

    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 Renee 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 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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