ROBIN AND HER MISFITS by Kelly Ann Jacobson



“Most Anticipated Young Adult Books 2023” LGBTQ Reads

“Most Anticipated LBGTQIA+ Young Adult Literature” —Lambda Literary

Robin and Her Misfits revisits a classic story about breaking the law, turning it into a poignant, exciting novel about queer love, homecomings, and hope.” —Foreword Reviews

In this complete reimagining of the Robin Hood legend, the “merry men” are a roving gang of fiercely unique queer female bikers, street racers, and thieves, whose leader, Robin, drives them from a life of greed to a pledge to “steal from the rich” and give back to queer girls in need of help.

Robin and her four Misfits—Little John, White Rabbit, Daisy Chain, and Skillet—have run away from their families in order to live off the grid on their own terms. For a while, they’re hidden, safe, and happy as they commit petty crimes that provide enough to get by. All that matters is keeping their small clan alive. Then, one mission proposed by an unfriendly associate from their past reminds them of their former lives and motivates the group to a new purpose. The five Misfits develop into a league of strong individuals united by a fresh goal: do whatever it takes to help queer girls rise above oppressive laws and attitudes.

Kelly Ann Jacobson, the author of the award-winning LGBTQ+ young adult novel Tink and Wendy, is back with another diverse twist on a popular legend.

ROBIN AND HER MISFITS by Kelly Ann Jacobson
ISBN: 978-1953103321; Trade Paper Original; 278 pages; $14; April 25, 2023



“Most Anticipated Young Adult Books 2023” —LGBTQ Reads

“Most Anticipated LBGTQIA+ Young Adult Literature” —Lambda Literary

“ROBIN HOOD MEETS THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS??? Robin and Her Misfits features a badass lady biker gang protecting the queer girls of their community, and when I read its description I near about slapped my inbox out of the cloud.” —Autostraddle

Robin and Her Misfits revisits a classic story about breaking the law, turning it into a poignant, exciting novel about queer love, homecomings, and hope.” —Foreword Reviews

“[A] rousing heist adventure . . . Jacobson’s take on the well-known tale, told through a cinematic plotline, centers themes of found family and queer love.” —Publishers Weekly

“In this modern reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood, a cast of queer girls fight to free themselves from the control of powerful crime families and their own pasts. Fast-paced action and high stakes.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A queer retelling of Robin Hood full of heists, heart, and Florida humidity . . . Captures all the nuances of each main characters’ personalities as well as the found family that made Robin Hood and his Merry Men such a beloved classic.” —The Southern Bookseller Review

Robin and Her Misfits is another superb queer young adult retelling of a favorite classic from the marvelous Kelly Ann Jacobson. Misfits, indeed! Such stunning storytelling, with vibrant characters wholly Jacobson’s own. I haven’t enjoyed the trials and tribulations of a group of misfits quite as much since watching Times Square. You don’t want to miss it.”  —Addie Tsai, author, Unwieldy Creatures and Dear Twin 

“This lightning-paced novel is addictive for any misfit who’s felt lost and angry, who hankers after a little bit – okay, a whole lot – of revenge. If you’re craving a dose of transgression in your reading, these queer gangster girls, and their madcap capers, are for you.” —Lucy Jane Bledsoe, author, No Stopping Us Now

Robin And Her Misfits reads like the action movie with all-female leads you always hoped for… A greasy, gritty adventure carved for those who need a massive flip in the script. This is one gang of master criminal misfits you wouldn’t want to mess with… A delightfully queer troop of outliers who dare to lean into all the twists and curves.” —Jessamyn Violet, author, Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar

Past Praise for Kelly Ann Jacobson’s TINK AND WENDY

“This atmospheric reimaging is rife with divided loyalties and harsh tragedies. Introspective and character-driven, it retains the misty, fairy-tale feel of impossible things and childhood yearning . . . Jacobson shines in thoughtfully rendering the classic characters as well-rounded, complex, and flawed individuals.” —School Library Journal

“A masterful reinvention of the classic. Full of teenage angst and yearning, it is poignant, relatable, and full of contemporary appeal.” —Foreword Reviews

“A modern tale that completely reinvents the characters … both beautiful and heartbreaking all in one.” —The Southern Bookseller Review

About the Author

Dr. Kelly Ann Jacobson is the author or editor of many published books, including, most recently, her young adult novel Tink and Wendy (Three Rooms Press), winner of the 2021 Foreword Indies Gold Medal for Young Adult Fiction and her contest-winning chapbook An Inventory of Abandoned Things (Split/Lip Press). Kelly’s short fiction has been published in such places as Best Small Fictions, Daily Science Fiction, Northern Virginia Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, New Plains Review, and Gargoyle. Kelly received her PhD in fiction from Florida State University. She currently lives in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she is an Assistant Professor of English at University of Lynchburg.