Jackaroo False they were all of them false the stories as false as the stories of fairies dancing in moonlight glades on Midsummer Night But they served a purpose In a distant time and far off kingdom life

  • Title: Jackaroo
  • Author: Cynthia Voigt
  • ISBN: 9780001911123
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Paperback
  • False, they were all of them false, the stories as false as the stories of fairies dancing in moonlight glades on Midsummer Night But they served a purpose In a distant time and far off kingdom, life is hard People don t have enough to eat, and winter is upon them There s little that offers hope, and many turn to the legends of Jackaroo the masked outlaw hero who False, they were all of them false, the stories as false as the stories of fairies dancing in moonlight glades on Midsummer Night But they served a purpose In a distant time and far off kingdom, life is hard People don t have enough to eat, and winter is upon them There s little that offers hope, and many turn to the legends of Jackaroo the masked outlaw hero who rides at night giving aid to the helpless and coin to the destitute for solace Gwyn, the Innkeeper s daughter sensitive, industrious, and independent is too practical to believe such tales But when a snowstorm forces her and a young Lordling to seek refuge in an abandoned house, Gwyn wonders if perhaps she has been too cynical Hidden away in an old forgotten cupboard, Gwyn discovers a package a cloak, a mask, a sword.Jackaroo Could the stories be true

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    1. 3 1/2 starsNoelle mailed me the second book in this series last year for my birthday and then challenged me to actually get off my butt and read it this month for She Made Me Do It. And then, she also sent me the description for this book – the first in the series – by email like a juicy little lure. A description which contains mention of a feisty innkeeper’s daughter who’s independent and strong and doesn’t want to get married and who stumbles across a disguise for the legendary Robi [...]

    2. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I picked up this book. Even the reviews I read didn't seem to prepare me, maybe because it is not an easy book to review. Although the Jackaroo stories in this book definitely mimic Robin Hood tales, this is not a Robin Hood story. More than anything else, this is a coming of age story about Gwyn the Innkeeper's daughter. Gwyn lives in the Kingdom which could be in any European or imaginary area that has mountains, forests, a river and a coast. The feud [...]

    3. I vaguely remembering picking this off the YA shelf in the library sometime around eighth grade, but somehow my brain categorized it as "sad" a la Westmark (read around the same time) and I never revisited this until now.I'm glad I did, because it turns out that Jackaroo is a coming-of-age story. The exciting thing about it, though, is that it's only ultimately one; for most of the novel it reads as a fantasy uniquely marked by a pervasive sense of doom. Where poverty and desperation hem everyon [...]

    4. I guess so many people have this shelved as a fantasy because of the "alternate history" aspect to the story. We never really know it takes place in OUR past and no real-world names that I know of are given for places. But there isn't any magic or sorcery. The School Library Journal calls this "an intense and elegantly written historical adventure-romance ." There really isn't even much of a romantic aspect to the story unless you count the romantic, swashbuckling legend of the Jackaroo, who is [...]

    5. As I started reading this I realized I had started it before and never finished. I suppose that is what kept me at it this time. My expectations were a bit too high, I had heard this compared to Robin Hood or even Scarlet Pimpernel, so as I read I was a little disappointed in the story. I think it had a lot of promise, but it was a little lacking for me. Gwyn was a pretty good heroin, and she grows a lot throughout the story. I think Burl (her good friend, and father’s servant) was under used [...]

    6. ***2018***I'm so glad I asked a local library to order these. It's been long enough that I only slightly remember the feeling of the book, so it had the lovely experience of being new yet as comfortable as an old friend.***2009***I'm not sure what I expected, but this book both met and exceeded what I was looking for.Sigh. I hate being vague. I'm looking forward to getting the next book in the series.

    7. I came across this book in a thrift store and bought it because I enjoyed a few other books by the author. I ended up really loving it and read it several times as a young adult.

    8. A Robin Hood tale, centered on a girl named Gwyn, who one day has the injustice of the system driven home for her and decides to try to make a difference. Fast, compelling read, with well-developed characters that unfold over the course of the book, showing hidden depths. The world building is peppered throughout, woven in seamlessly, which means some areas aren't complete, but all the vital framework is explained. Looking forward to the new main character in book 2!

    9. A fascinating idea for a fairy tale with a disappointingly Tolkien-esque ending.Gwyn is the spirited daughter of the village innkeeper who dreams of something outside the mold. Her family doesn't understand her because she doesn't want to marry but instead wants to run her father's inn, which will legally go to her useless little brother instead. While traversing the mountains with the Lord and his son and the enigmatic stablehand Burl, she is separated from the party and winds up having to spen [...]

    10. I love books set in the middle ages. This book had a very medieval feel to it and the author describes life as seen through the eyes of the main character, Gwyn, very realistically. The world system is hierarchial, with the kings down to the people. There is a lot of political unrest as well as famine in the land. The people are desperate and Gwyn thinks that their tales of Jackaroo are only that--tales made by desperate people who need some hope to cling on to. Gwyn is also troubled by what she [...]

    11. I used to love this book as a middle-schooler, when I first found it. It was like Robin Hood meets all the wuxia stories I heard about as I grew up, where girls disguised themselves as guys and explored, and made differences in the world where they could. It was refreshing to read a story like this, in English. ^_^ But then I read the other Kingdom novels. And eventually, a few months ago, I reread Jackaroo. And all of a sudden, though it was still a refreshing scenario, the story, the writing, [...]

    12. This book started out a little slow, but halfway through things started to get interesting, and by the end I discovered that I had absolutely fallen in love with the book! It was thoughtful, vivid, full of unique and interesting characters, realistic and yet hopeful, portraying the hardships of life without at all diminishing the fantastic moments of adventure. And the ending! It was a legitimate, beautiful happy ending, one that leaves you grinning from ear to ear at the end. I highly recommend [...]

    13. I don't know why I just recently discovered Cynthia Voigt. I've been deprived these many years. Her writing is a little bare, but I've discovered that she is saying a lot by saying a little. Her main character is so strong and sure of her capabilities. I hoped that the love story would resolve itself just the way that it did, which made me happy! I was greatly intrigued by her "kingdom." It is a very interesting place to discover and explore.

    14. I've probably read and re-read this book a hundred times. I used to read it once a year as a child. And it's so wonderful to discover that it is still every bit as good as it ever was. I love fierce, soft-hearted Gwyn. Strong, steady Burl. Feisty Tad, who gets to grow up. And the stories and secrets and switcheroos. They are good characters in a thoughtful, well-composed world.

    15. I first read this book in jr. high and loved it. I re-read it every year or two and still find it wonderful every time. The story of a young woman who decides to make a difference in her community by taking on the persona of a folk hero. That decision changes her future in more ways than she could imagine.

    16. Imagine “Robin Hood” revisited with a twist. Throw in a soul-searching main character, a butterfly flapping its wings sort of turn of events, and watch what you think is going to be a slow book turn into one of your favorites. At least this is what happened to me…

    17. O HOW I LOVED THESE BOOKS, I CANNOT EVEN SAY.So, so high up on the list of "things I hope do not seem crappy now that I'm an adult."

    18. Jackaroo is set in a fictional medieval land. The main character, Gwyn, is the daughter of a well-off innkeeper, struggling to come to terms with the injustice in the world around her, the fact that her family and neighbours are terrible people, and that as a woman who does not want to marry the future does not hold much in store for her, even though this world does better on the women's right front than actual medieval society did. Surrounding this is the myth of Jackaroo, a Robin Hood like fig [...]

    19. I read this first when I was in middle school. I remembered liking it then, so I thought I'd read it again to figure out exactly why I liked it so much then.And I still loved it!Though the paperback had, like, size 9 font, the pages still melted away quickly, and I found myself not wanting to stop reading.It's a classic adventure--brave heroine, medieval times, lords and ladies, servants, outlaws, town fairs, running from danger, hangings, thieves, inns short, everything I love in a fantasy adve [...]

    20. Going into my second read of this book, all I could remember was that my impression of it years ago was how very much I enjoyed the book. A hundred pages in, I recalled how little I liked it at first.Approximately the first half of this book reads very much like a Jane Austen novel: the day-to-day life of a young woman of marriageable age, her impending decision on whether or not to marry, who to marry, etc. Appealing, I suppose, to fans of that particular style. However, even if--like me--that' [...]

    21. Voigt's Jackaroo and I ran into each other at my local library. It is very rare that I walk in, browse a shelf, pick up a book and love it. Most of the time, I *like* what I find, but not to the extent where I wish I had found it when I was younger, reading it when I filled the age demographic it was written for;DR:Writing: 4/5Plot: Early on, 3/5 but by the end 5/5Characters: 4/5Jackaroo is not so much a fantasy novel as it is an alternative history-historical-fiction (I think another reviewer h [...]

    22. This book made zero sense. How am I supposed to believe that a 16 yr old girl can pass herself off as a man who is at the very least in his mid-20s? How am I supposed to believe that she is able to sneak off in the middle of the night and A: not get caught and, B: not be so exhausted she can barely function the next day? Self-righteous anger is not actually a substitute for rest.Beyond that though, she's just so arrogant. She literally dehumanizes the people around her by calling them cattle at [...]

    23. This was a fun read about feudal times and a kind of Robin Hood figure whose reality is more complex than one might imagine. Great vacation read for our family trip to Whidbey Island.

    24. THE LEGEND MUST NEVER DIE!At 16 Gwyn is one determined female protagonist--a brave Innkeeper's Daughter who refuses to watch complacently while the common people--like herself--are bullied and butchered. My major confusion stemmed from the lack of a specific country or time: the novel was set in a nameless land governed by a King, three Earls and their various Lords--a palid prototype of the emerging feudal system. This was a dark and cruel world for most: the Lords kept aloof in their guarded c [...]

    25. Well-written story about Gwyn, a girl who is Not Like Other Girls, and normally that is a trope that I disdain, but the story here isn't exactly what you'd call triumphal. The happy ending is happy enough for Gwyn, but she's still living in a crapsack world, essentially, albeit one stocked with people who are far more than ciphers, which I appreciate. Voigt is careful not to let even her supporting characters fall into stereotype, and her largely sympathetic, if still realistic portrayal of a co [...]

    26. Note:  This book has been published under two titles: Jackaroo and The Tale of Gwyn.Everyone grows up with tales of Jackaroo, who rides on behalf of the people in times of greatest need, but everyone knows they're just stories As the innkeeper's daughter, Gwyn is certain of her place in the world, but being stranded during a blizzard leads to a startling discovery and Gwyn begins to see the Kingdom in a new way. When Jackaroo rides out of legends to aid the people, he will change Gwyn's life fo [...]

    27. I’ve read another one of the books in this series, Elske, a couple times. It wasn’t necessary to read the other three books in the series to understand what was going on since they’re more companion novels than direct sequels, but I figured it was time to give the other three books a try.One thing Voigt does well with these books is to draw us into the world right away. By the end of the first chapter of Jackaroo, I was fully immersed in the world of the troubled Kingdom, as seen through t [...]

    28. I've wanted to read this book for years. When I was eleven I read the first chapter, and then lost the book when I moved. I searched for it in my new town library and it was nowhere to be found. The name- Jackaroo- was so mythical and enticing. Now, sixteen years later I've finally read it. And sadly, it didn't live up to its promise. First off, I'll say that the heroine is a great role model. I would encourage children to read this book for that alone. She is disciplined, compassionate, and man [...]

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