Ronia, the Robber's Daughter

Ronia, the Robber's Daughter


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Read the book that inspired Studio Ghibli's series, Ronja the Robber’s Daughter! A thrilling adventure crafted by the author of Pippi Longstocking

On the night Ronia was born, a thunderstorm raged over the mountain, but in Matt's castle and among his band of robbers there was only joy - for Matt now had a spirited little black-haired daughter. Soon Ronia learns to dance and yell with the robbers, but it is alone in the forest that she feels truly at home. Then one day Ronia meets Birk, the son of Matt's arch-enemy. Soon after Ronia and Birk become friends the worst quarrel ever between the rival bands erupts, and Ronia and Berk are right in the middle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140317206
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/28/1985
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 128,006
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) was born in Sweden. After college, she worked in a newspaper office and a Swedish publishing house. Her most famous and beloved book, Pippi Longstocking, was originally published in Swedish in 1950, and was later translated into many other languages. It was followed by two sequels, Pippi Goes on Board and Pippi in the South Sea. Ms. Lindgren had a long, prolific career, writing more than 100 picture books, poems, short stories, plays, screenplays, and novels. In 1958, she won the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the highest international award in children's literature.

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Ronia, the Robber's Daughter 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ncgraham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren is famous mostly as the creator of Pippi Longstocking; her fans, however, know that she wrote many other great children¿s books. I read The Brothers Lionheart years ago, but while I appreciated the world-building, I was disturbed by her almost cavalier attitude towards the child mortality. I might never have picked up this book if a friend and fellow LT-er had not assigned it as part of a mutual YA challenge—and now I must say, I am thrilled that she did!Ronia, the Robber¿s Daughter is a deceptively simple tale, about the daughter of robber chieftain Matt. She was born on the stormiest night that anyone can remember, when a lightning bolt rent Matt¿s Fort in two. She becomes the pride and boast of the entire robber clan, but remains in the dark as to what robbers really do. Her passion is for the forest itself, and throughout spring, summer, and fall she whiles her time away happily there. Then one day she discovers that a rival robber band, driven out of their former hideaway, has moved into the part of Matt's Fort that now lies on the other side of Hell¿s Gap. At this discovery, the enmity between Matt's men and Borka¿s escalates; meanwhile, Ronia forges a shaky and unlikely friendship with Borka¿s son, Birk. Can the fondness between these two children overcome their parents¿ hate?I¿ve often read that a children¿s book is the hardest thing to write, and reading Ronia, I began to have an inkling as to why: a great children¿s author has to master the art of saying a lot with a very little. Take the character of Ronia¿s mother, Lovis. There are not many of words spent describing her, and she speaks little, but she is central to the story and to the life of the robber band. And there is a simple beauty to Lindgren¿s descriptions, as translated by Patricia Crampton. One in particular stuck out to me, of the change that the smell of chicken soup wrought on the robbers, after they had eaten salted meat all winter. Scenes like seem all the warmer and more jovial when one considers how dark and dangerous the world Lindgren creates really is.Moreover, this book invests its child characters with dignity and innocent wisdom, without trying to broadcast a message that adults are all evil or stupid. That is unusual for YA fiction, and very much welcome.Astrid Lindgren crafted a lovely little book in Ronia. This is one I can see myself returning to, and reading to my own children someday. Recommended.
athene on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book of all time.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a splendid combination of Robin Hood, Lord of the Rings, The Hatfields and McCoys and a touch of King Arthur. Yet it's different since the hero is a heroine. Therefor, Ronia is also like Joan of Arc, Catwoman and a character from Dungeons and Dragons. She's the kind of character girls wish to be and boys wish to be with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't recall how old I was when I first read this book, but it became my favorite, and still is. I saw a lot of myself in Ronia, and I still do. I recomend it to all girls, young and old. It is a great adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ronia has stayed with me throughout my childhood and adolescence, and even now inspires me everytime I read it. She is an ideal and likable role model, her life is blissfully idyllic and everything in the book breathes of magic. i would recommend it to anyone who wants to travel into another world for an hour or so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book should get 10 stars. Not only was this an excellent book, but it taught me to be more independent. Rhonia is a true heroine. Not only is this a fantasy type book, but it is also a bit romantic. If you like any good book then this is the book for you. After reading this book I feel as if my life has changed for the better. Before reading this book I hated reading. When I bought it at a book store though some how I knew that this was the book for me. After reading it I have become an avid reader. So to all those people out there who don't like to read, give this book a chance. I love this book