cover image Lizzie Silver of Sherwood Forest

Lizzie Silver of Sherwood Forest

Marilyn Singer. HarperCollins Publishers, $11.5 (181pp) ISBN 978-0-06-025621-0

In this funny, touching sequel to Tarantulas on the Brain, 10-year-old Lizzie Silver can't accept that her latest obsession, Robin Hood, is make-believe or that her best friend Tessa is leaving her for music school. Though Lizzie tries hard to learn to play the harp so she can go away with Tessa, her teacher believes ""there is no such thing as trying, Miss Silver. There is merely doingn and non-doing.'' This is an adroitly balanced and enjoyable tale about a naive and eager girl. The pictures, too, are funny and expressive. Though only half aware of what is being said around her, Lizzie meets lots of interesting people in interesting placesmusicians, actors, and Robin Hood himself at a country fair. (9-12)