Jackaroo

A quick review: This book, by Cynthia Voigt, is one that I can credit my obsession with youth fiction to. I was given it by an old friend about 10 years ago, and was hooked. I finally went out and bought myself a copy (and discovered that Voigt has turned it into a series, need to read the other two —On Fortune’s Wheel and Elske). I’m not sure if I liked it as much as I remembered, but I still was thoroughly captivated by the story. In short — Gwyn, a peasant, loathes the inequity among the people (and between the people and the Lords) and discovers the costume of Jackaroo, a folk legend among the people. She decides to become Jackaroo, to help those in need. Yes, it is a female Robin Hood character. It’s not an action-adventure book, though. It’s much more thoughtful and introspective, dealing with issues of class and worth and deserving. It’s a good read, though.

6 thoughts on “Jackaroo

  1. Can I comment again?I’ve read On Fortune’s Wheel, but I didn’t like it as much as Jackroo. I didn’t like it quite as much when I reread it as an adult. I’ve always preferred the first part of the book anyway.

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  2. Oh good, you weren’t trying to cut me from your reading list!! I’ve liked all of her books, although I don’t think I’ve read Elske. But I preferred her Homecoming series, especially Dicey’s song. I read Jackaroo as a teenager but rediscovered her last year as I tried to start reading YA lit again, and fell in love. Know who else I love? Robin McKinley. ESPECIALLY Deerskin. And I want to read her new one, Sunshine. Do you like McKinley?

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  3. Actually, Laura, I <>do<> love Robin McKinley. Though I haven’t loved all of her books equally… and no, I haven’t read her latest, though it’s on my to-read list.

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  4. Hi Melissa, how about editing your Cynthia Voight’s name ie without the ‘h” 😉fantastic book of course, still being pushed out by us gals to new generations of readers.B

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