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Ronia, the Robber's Daughter (Puffin Books) Paperback – February 5, 1985


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Series: Puffin Books
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (February 5, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780140317206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140317206
  • ASIN: 0140317201
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I adored Astrid Lindgren as a child" --Francesca Simon, author of the 'Horrid Henry' books.

"I read the book both as a child and as an adult, and I feel it's one of the greatest books written for children" --Amazon reviewer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Language Notes

Text: English, Swedish (translation)

More About the Author

Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) created the character of Pippi Longstocking to entertain her daughter. Lindgren was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her contribution to international children's literature.

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This is one of the best childrens's book ever written.
Viktor
Using rich language and imagery, this book speaks at both a conscious and unconscious level without any hint of "preaching".
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Loved this book when we first read it with our daughters.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Britt Arnhild Lindland on March 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
Astrid Lindgren has written so many fantastic books, it is impossible to name them all. But Ronia, the Robber's Daughter is among the best ones.
Ronia is born among a clan of robbers, and grows up surronded by love. But as she grows up she will discover that her small world is threatened from the outside. We are taken into a tale of strong friendship and love, a world where you are strong only because people love you, and you love other people. This is not a sweet love story, but a story where every child and grown up can learn important things about life. About forgiveness. About fright. And most of all about love.
Ronia, and her friend Birk are strong children. But at the same time they can cry and they can show their weakness. Lindgren is a master in showing the whole specter of human feelings. And it is very easy to believe in her characters, believe that they are real, cause they show real human feelings.
Many children must go through hard times, and feelings can be almost impossible to talk about. Lindgren's books are of great help. And best and most important of all, Ronia is a book about love, love as the strongest feeling. With love you can overcome.
Britt Arnhild Lindland
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By just me on July 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
I don't know if it's the fact that I don't exactely like being an adult - always expected to "be realistic, reasonable and responsible", but I still dive into the books of my childhood when I need to "get away" for a while. For me personally, there isn't a question that Astrid Lindgren's stories are some of best ones out there. Ronia's story is full of fantasy, fun, imagination, danger and adventure, but it also gently reminds us of the importance to be determined, to stand your ground, to love, to forgive and just to never give up.

Any book that combines great story telling with a good message without being preachy about it...that's what I call a great book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
The last time I read this book was when I was nine, but the images have stayed with me all this time. I got my copy of RONIA a couple of days ago from Amazon.com, and it is better than I remembered. The aching loving relationship between parents and children, and the pain of making choices that come against that (called 'growing up') is beautifully brought out in this brilliant tale, set against a landscape of a forest with dark stands of trees, populated by beasts of the earth, and harpies and dwarves, and a lighting-riven castle. Although not quite so explicit, it is a Romeo and Juliet type story, with the charm and appeal of innocence. Ronia is a headstrong heroine who will capture your imagination instantly!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
"A robber's daughter, joy and gladness!" shouted Matt the stormy night that his daughter, Ronia, was born. Ronia grew up in Matt's Fort with her parents and her father's band of robbers. When she was old enough her parents let her walk through the woods by herself. While she was exploring she met Birk, the son of her father's arch enemy, Borka. Birk along with his parents and their band of robbers move into a section of Matt's Forest which they called Borka's Keep. At first Ronia and Birk despised each other but, they soon became best friends. One day, Matt captured Birk and wanted to use him to get Borka off his land. Ronia was extremely upset. Matt was furious and said that he no longer had a child. Birk and Ronia ran away into the woods where they lived all spring and summer long. Awhile later, Ronia came across Matt, who begged her to come home. After a few difficult decisions and challenges, Borka and Matt joined forces and Ronia and Birk were allowed to see each other anytime without worrying about their fathers' feud. This book was a very good adventure story.

I liked that the author threw in some scenes that were a little suspenseful. Bumper, one of Matt's robbers, was shot in the neck with an arrow by one of Borka's men. He survived, thanks to the nursing skills of Ronia's mother. When Ronia found a spot to meet Birk under Matt's Fort she heard someone coming but, the person did not come all the way down to see Birk. There were several times throughout the book when Birk and Ronia were almost attacked by wild harpies and other creatures. While Ronia and Birk were trying to train and ride wild horses they lost control and the horses went galloping as fast as they could through the forest to get them off.

I also liked how the characters developed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JJ on January 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am 29 years old now. I found this book in a library when I was 7. I fell in love with this book and would look at the cover over and over! I read that library book until age 12. That was when I went to a bigger school. My library no longer exists now and that book I read so often I hope is in the hands of a young girl. The forest Ronia lives in has dangers. Her father tells her to be aware of these places and animals. Ronia goes to each of these dangers and practices not being afraid. This is just one of the lessons Ronia can share with you. I will never forget the lessons learned in this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gemmy on February 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
Growing up, this was my favorite of the Astrid Lindgren stories, with the number two spot held by "Mio my Mio". I hadn't read it in translation before, and while I still think the original Swedish was better, this translation keeps the wonders of the book intact. Great and interesting creatures, fantastic characters, and a great and complex story. A lot of fun to read and highly recommended.
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