Will loves life in the castle. He and his friends get into mischief whenever they can, and Will has a nose for when Cook replenishes the molasses in the pantry. He just wishes his father were there – and chafes under his mother’s worry.
Then his uncle, the current lord of the castle, hosts an usual array of guests – the Sheriff of Nottingham, and old friend, and a stranger named Guy of Guisborne.
The next day changes his life. He witnesses Guy murdering his uncle in a melee, and his father’s steward whisks him and his mother out of the castle to safety.
But Will doesn’t want safety. He wants his father – and revenge for his uncle.
If you haven’t guess by now, Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody is Cody’s take on the famous Merry Men of Sherwood Forest, particularly from Will Scarlett’s perspective.
Will learns he needs to consider others and the importance of loyalty as he makes his way through Sherwood.
Highly recommended for ages 10 and up.