The Forest Queen, by Betsy Cornwell
When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners.
Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen. Perfect for fans of fairy tale retellings or anyone who loves a strong female lead, this gorgeously written take on the Robin Hood tale goes beyond the original's focus on economic justice to explore love, gender, the healing power of nature, and what it means to be a family.
"A fiercely female, feminist take on the traditional legend....A lush, lovely exploration of the bonds of a community as one girl learns about her own privilege, and, eventually, her strength."--Booklist, STARRED review
"This book brings to light a strong female lead who learns the meaning of caring about others in the community...a great read with parallels to current events."--School Library Journal
"The inspiring ethos, brisk pace, and genuinely thrilling climax all hold attention."—Kirkus