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Lady Thief: A Scarlet Novel
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In this second instalment in the Scarlet series, Scar, who has been masquerading as a lad, unfortunately, finds herself very much in the role of a lady. Guy Gisbourne is demanding his spousal rights—at least in appearance. If Scar will assume the role of his wife while Prince John and Eleanor of Aquitaine visit, he will annul the marriage when they depart. Despite plenty of doubts, Scar feels that going forward with Guy's plan is her only chance to marry her beloved, Robin. But their relationship has its own problems. Robin suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, Crusades version, and has pummelling her as he hovers between wakefulness and sleep. This is only one instance of violence against Scarlet and perhaps the least dramatic. Gaughen may be trying to show the plight of women in the Middle Ages, even a woman adept with a knife, but the beatings and brutality do get a bit repetitive. Better is the revelation of family history that shows Scarlet's true lineage. There's plenty of action here, as well as romance, and it appears that there's even more to come as Scar's situation at book's end is worse than at its beginning. Grades 9-12. --Ilene Cooper

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About the Author

A. C. Gaughen is the author of Scarlet. She serves as the Director of Girls' Leadership for Boston GLOW, a non-profit organization that creates opportunities to encourage and engage teen girls in the greater Boston area. She holds a masters degree in Creative Writing from St. Andrews University in Scotland and currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where she is pursuing her Masters in Education from Harvard University.

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"The second volume of the Scarlet series plunges readers happily into the world of Sherwood Forest and does not end with any resolution, but its spirited action and rich voices hold." --"Kirkus Reviews""" "A must for secondary and public libraries that purchased the first book, this sequel will capture teen interest, and could also serve as a high-energy read-aloud . . . A welcome addition for libraries wishing to promote strong female protagonists." --"School Library Journal" "Gaughen prepares her readers well for volume two by filling in the backstory from the first entry and entices them to read the next entry with a cliff-hanging ending." --"VOYA" "There's plenty of action here, as well as romance, and it appears that there's even more to come." --"Booklist" "Debut novelist Gaughen does more than offer a rip-roaring tale, though it is that. The story, told in Scar's distinctive first-person voice, captivates and gets readers as deeply into the heart of a troubled girl . . . has plenty for both the romantic and the adventure lover." --"Booklist," starred review, on "Scarlet" "The second volume of the Scarlet series plunges readers happily into the world of Sherwood Forest and does not end with any resolution, but its spirited action and rich voices hold." --Kirkus Reviews"A must for secondary and public libraries that purchased the first book, this sequel will capture teen interest, and could also serve as a high-energy read-aloud . . . A welcome addition for libraries wishing to promote strong female protagonists." --School Library Journal"Gaughen prepares her readers well for volume two by filling in the backstory from the first entry and entices them to read the next entry with a cliff-hanging ending." --VOYA"There's plenty of action here, as well as romance, and it appears that there's even more to come." --Booklist"Debut novelist Gaughen does more than offer a rip-roaring tale, though it is that. The story, told in Scar's distinctive first-person voice, captivates and gets readers as deeply into the heart of a troubled girl . . . has plenty for both the romantic and the adventure lover." --Booklist, starred review, on Scarlet The second volume of the Scarlet series plunges readers happily into the world of Sherwood Forest and does not end with any resolution, but its spirited action and rich voices hold. "Kirkus Reviews" A must for secondary and public libraries that purchased the first book, this sequel will capture teen interest, and could also serve as a high-energy read-aloud . . . A welcome addition for libraries wishing to promote strong female protagonists. "School Library Journal" Gaughen prepares her readers well for volume two by filling in the backstory from the first entry and entices them to read the next entry with a cliff-hanging ending. "VOYA" There's plenty of action here, as well as romance, and it appears that there's even more to come. "Booklist" Debut novelist Gaughen does more than offer a rip-roaring tale, though it is that. The story, told in Scar's distinctive first-person voice, captivates and gets readers as deeply into the heart of a troubled girl . . . has plenty for both the romantic and the adventure lover. "Booklist, starred review, on Scarlet""

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