Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, by Astrid Lungren
When you were a kid, did you ever fantasize about running away from your family and living off the land in a cave? I did. I even dreamed that I would tame wild horses and ride them every day through the beautiful woods. That is just one of the reasons why I loved this book. This is one of those books that I looked forward to reading every night at bedtime.
Astrid Lungren’s genius comes through in her sincere yet quirky characters combined with the underlying deep emotions. It is a sort of Romeo and Juliet tale of friendship that has a happy ending. If you have a child that has a strong but difficult relationship with their father, I highly recommend this book. The characters are stubborn, but deeply love each other. In the end, that is what it takes to bring a family together. Plus, in the meantime the kids get to have a wonderful adventure. This has a fifth grade reading level, but would probably only interest kids in 1st through 5th grades at the highest. It is a good one for both genders who are young readers with advanced skills.