Ronia, The Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren (1981)
Review by Evalyne- Grade 10
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction,
Find it Digitally:Cloud Library audiobook
Rating: 10 out of 10
The tragic romance of "Romeo and Juliet", one of Shakespeare's most renowned stories, is a classic about two confliciting families and forbidden love. But much less tragic is "Ronia, The Robber's Daughter", a sweet story about childhood and philia. In the midst of two rivaling robber bands, Birk Borkason of Borka's Keep and Ronia of Matt's Fort find friendship in one another, going through thick and thin to stay together and end the rivalry.
Astrid Lindgren's "Ronia, The Robber's Daughter" was a fun and easy read of fantasy, family, friendship, and adventure that pulls out the reader's inner child much like the magic of the former Walt Disney's animated films. The settings feel natural and lively, whether by the warmth of the grand fire in Matt's hall which sounded of laughter and joy or the rushing water and animal calls in the vast greenery of Matt's forest under the bright sun, and the lovable characters form such a fellowship that the reader feels a part of their merry band. This book was an absolute delight for me, being a big child at heart, and will remain a favorite of mine for a very long time.
The target audience for this book is elementary but I would go as far as to say that middle school readers should try this book as well. Astrid's style of writing and choice of diction is perfect for a younger audience and the story she tells is definitely worth the time and attention.