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One Book | One Phoenix is the first City of Phoenix community-wide reading program. 

Join your community this summer in reading one of the following books and participating in online programs.

These titles will be available for unlimited use on Greater Phoenix Digital Library from June 1 through August 31.

Check them out with your library card and read them on your device or computer. You can also request the physical book and audiobook.

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The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley

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New York Times bestselling author Robin McKinley's vivid retelling of the classic story of Robin Hood breathes contemporary life into these beloved adventures-with Marian taking a pivotal role as one of Robin's best archers.

Robin is an apprentice forester in the woods of Nottingham. The arrows he makes and sells earn barely enough extra coin to retain the title to his father's small lands. The sheriff of Nottingham's jealousy toward Robin's father is just as fierce towards his son, and the sheriff's men take every opportunity to harass the young woodsman. But when Robin defends himself by accidentally killing one of the sheriff's men, he flees to Sherwood Forest, knowing that he has not only lost his father's land and good name forever, but that he will live the rest of his days as a hunted man.

But his friends Much, the miller's son, and Lady Marian, Saxon daughter of the half-Norman lord who despises his Saxon blood, believe the disaster that has befallen Robin is also an opportunity: An opportunity for a few stubborn Saxons, cast out or outlawed in ways equally unjust, to gather together in secret under Robin's leadership and strike back against the arrogance and brutality of the Norman overlords.

​About the Author

Robin McKinley has written a variety of novels, mostly in the fantasy genre. Several of her novels are her own personal renditions of classic fairy tales with a "feminist twist". These retellings usually feature a strong female protagonist who does not wait to be rescued but instead takes an active role in determining the course of her own life. Beauty and Rose Daughter are both versions of Beauty and the Beast, Spindle's End is the story of Sleeping Beauty, and Deerskin and two of the stories in The Door in the Hedge are based on other folk-tales. Besides adapting classic fairy tales, McKinley wrote her own rendition of the Robin Hood story in her novel The Outlaws of Sherwood.

McKinley says she writes about strong heroines because she feels very strongly about the potential for girls to be "doing things", and she feels that the selection of fantasy literature featuring girls is scarce and unsatisfactory. According to biographer Marilyn H. Karrenbrock, "McKinley's females do not simper; they do not betray their own nature to win a man's approval. But neither do they take love lightly or put their own desires before anything else. In McKinley's books, the romance, like the adventure, is based upon ideals of faithfulness, duty, and honor.

Quotes by Robin McKinley

"As a compulsive reader myself, I believe that you are what you read. My books are also about hope--I hope. Much of modern literature has given up hope and deals with anti-heroes and despair. It seems to me that human beings by their very natures need heroes, real heroes, and are happier with them. I see no point in talking about how life is over and it never mattered anyway. I don't believe it."

"I don't differentiate in the way that the genre creators want differentiation to be made. I feel that I have never written children's or YA stories particularly. What I write, if you have to label it, is crossover, and I think that much of the stuff that is called children's or YA is in fact crossover and is equally valid for anyone who likes to read fantasy." 

"Writing has always been the other side of reading for me, it never occurred to me not to make up stories." 

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