Title: Bandit’s MoonBandit's Moon
Author: Sid Fleischman
Illustrator: Jos A. Smith
Pages: 136
Recommended Ages: 9-10
Star Rating: ★★★★

From the author of The Giant Rat of Sumatra, Here Comes McBroomand Jim Ugly.

The Story.

The only thing in the world that Annyrose wants, now that her parents have died, is to be reunited with her older brother, Lank. But that’s not as simple as it sounds – her brother left her in the care of O.O. Mary, who he thought would look after her while he galloped off to the gold mines. But as soon as he left, O. O. Mary showed her true colors – cruel, criminal colors.

There’s only one chance for Annyrose to escape from O. O. Mary’s clutches – and that is to throw herself upon the mercies of Joaquin, the Robin Hood of the California hillsides. Annyrose feels nothing but antipathy for Joaquin, but if she can conceal hatred for a few weeks and ride with the bandito, she might find the opportunity to bolt…

But what is Annyrose to do when she begins to see the good in Joaquin – the principle behind the performance?

Discussion.

Joaquin is intended to play the part of a Mexican Robin Hood – and as a marauding bandito, he plays the role quite well. However, the reasons for his exploits are less respectable.

Robin Hood sought to reclaim the goods and property of the oppressed by striking against those who had stolen them – or those who supported the stealing of them. Joaquin strikes against white men because particular whites committed a wrong against his people. He makes no distinction between the good and the bad, only the race. In the end, we have hope to believe that he will come to a more reasonable view, but we aren’t completely sure.

I would be remiss not to mention that all of the frolicking around in between times is lots of fun. :)

Conclusion. A fun, adventurous, Zorro-esque romp.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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