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Forest Born

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Rin has always been a quiet, helpful girl, but a secret has been eating away at her, and the solace Rin once could find among the tall trees surrounding her forest home has vanished. When she leaves home to join her older brother in the city, she finds intriguing answers to her questions, an adventure she doesn't expect, and a sense of self she never thought she would find.

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Overview

Rin has always been a quiet, helpful girl, but a secret has been eating away at her, and the solace Rin once could find among the tall trees surrounding her forest home has vanished. When she leaves home to join her older brother in the city, she finds intriguing answers to her questions, an adventure she doesn't expect, and a sense of self she never thought she would find.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
In this fourth installment of Hale's well-loved Books of Bayern series, Razo's younger sister, Rin, has a special affinity with the trees of her beloved forest, able to "listen" for their "calming green." But the growing self-doubt of adolescence causes Rin to become estranged from her beloved trees as well as to feel homeless even within her loving home. Rin leaves the forest to follow Razo to the city, where she joins with Isi, Enna, and Dasha (heroines of the previous three books) to defend Isi's kingdom from a subversive menace — and along the way discovers her own magical gifts, which come with their own curse and blessing. Hale's reputation as a master storyteller is well deserved. Readers will ache for Rin, the overly good girl haunted by fears of her own inescapable inner badness; they will chuckle along with Razo's lighthearted banter, savor the growing friendship among the band of four brave and spirited girls, flinch at the evil adversary's truly horrific punishments of those who displease her, and cheer both for Isi's ultimate triumph and for Rin's long-overdue realization of her own wonderful self-worth. This is an empowering book for girls—and for everybody. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 7–11—In her fourth fantasy about the land of Bayern, Hale has created a strong stand-alone companion to The Goose Girl (2003), Enna Burning (2004), and River Secrets (2006, all Bloomsbury). Forest Born centers on Razo's sister, Rin, and her special abilities. The struggle that she goes through as she begins to recognize her talent of persuasion and her elemental connection to the forest brings the typical fantasy themes of good vs. evil to a place that makes them very personal. Rin discovered as a child that her words could be powerful. But that power left her feeling confused and wrong. Since that time, the wrongness has curled up like a snake inside her, making her doubt whether she can ever find peace. Rin encounters Isi, Enna, and Dasha from the previous Bayern stories and through them she finds hope; perhaps what makes her different could be a blessing, if she is able to find balance in her gifts. Lurking throughout the story is the tumultuous backdrop of diplomatic negotiations and threats of war. Everything finally comes to a head when Isi's nemesis from Goose Girl returns and kidnaps her son. All four women need to work together to defeat Selia, who has been completely corrupted and consumed by her people-speaking power of persuasion. Fans of the earlier titles as well as admirers of the genre will find Rin's journey a compelling read.—Genevieve Gallagher, Buford Middle School, Charlottesville, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Hale, like her readers, has clearly been enchanted with the characters she brought forth in her Books of Bayern (The Goose Girl, 2003, etc.). This fourth volume centers on Razo's little sister Rinna, who adores her Ma and her siblings' babies and finds peace among the trees but cannot get her words and feelings right. When Rin is 15, Razo brings her to the castle where he is guard. Rin finds a place caring for the two-year-old princeling and learns from Isi, the queen who can control the wind. Isi, Enna, who wields fire, and Razo's own Dasha, who hears water, are immediately called upon to save a fragile peace. Rin's inner demons-connected to powers she does not yet grasp-are fascinatingly explored. An evil nemesis rises again from an earlier tale, and while she is not as fully drawn as the other characters she will be recognized. One doesn't need to have read the earlier books to become enraptured by this one, but doing so adds to the richness of these very satisfying tales. (Fantasy. 12 & up)
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“One doesn’t need to have read the earlier books to become enraptured by this one, but doing so adds to the richness of these very satisfying tales.”—Kirkus Reviews

“ Fans of the earlier titles as well as admirers of the genre will find Rin’s journey a compelling read.”–School Library Journal

“All is told in Hale’s assured voice, drawing the details of her invented countries with precision and depth. Strong characters define the series: commanding Isi, passionate Enna, wily Razo, and now shadowed Rin. Newcomers will find this book an easy entry point, and fans will need no excuse to dive back into Hale’s fantasy world.”—The Horn Book

“Hale has once again exceeded my expectations. Forest Born blew me away from page one, drawing me back into the world of Bayern.” – Chick Lit Teens (Online)

“One of the best things about this book is that all of Hale's heroines have a chance to shine... They're feminine, caring, supportive, and yet, when the need arises, fierce and powerful. Yet, put them all together and they are truly forces to be reckoned with. The best parts of the book are when Isi, Enna, and Dasha work together, and then when they realize what Rin has to offer them, they include Rin in their ring of power, where Rin is least comfortable, yet most needed.” – Book Nut (Online)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599906928
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Series: Books of Bayern Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 145,417
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Shannon Hale

SHANON HALE is the Newbery Honor-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Princess Academy, the Books of Bayern, and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack. She is currently working on her third novel for adults. She and her husband, author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah.

www.shannonhale.com

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted August 18, 2009

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    Talk To Me Trees!

    Sorry if its a little jumbled but their is just so many things going on in this book. I couldn't put this down while I was reading it. Ever since Rin was little she has had a connection with the forest but after an incident with a neighborhood boy they have drawn away from her. Now when she touches them she can fill this worm of evil inside of her. Razo, her brother comes to visit and he suggests she come to the city with him. At the city she becomes a lady in waiting for the Queen of Bayern. Listening to the other ladies babble and watching over Tusken, the little prince. Cecile another lady in waiting comes back and Rin can tell she means Tusken harm. An attack is made on a village so the king and his guards including Razo go out to help. Once there they are attacked by Fire-speakers. Rin listens while the Queen talks with her friends but something is strange in the way they are talking. Saying that her, Enna, and Dasha are riding out alone. What is so strange about these girls and why does Rin feel so compelled to be with them.

    I haven't read any of the other Books of Bayern and this is the fourth one but I still loved it. The only time it was confusing is that all the characters from the other books are in it and it would have made the book even better if I had read their stories also. Forest Born is more on the adventurous-finding-yourself theme while I can tell that romance played a major part in the other books. Rin is so self conscious of herself. Always wanting to be a good person that it makes you really admire and relate to her. The book is very descriptive and I felt like I was standing right beside the characters the whole time. If you like books like Graceling then you'll love this series.

    The only complaint I have is at times days would pass in a sentence and I wish at those times that she would have kept the story going. I probably wouldn't have picked this book up on my own because I don't like the cover very much. Other than that this book is a must read and I'm going to read the rest of Shannon Hale's books as soon as I can. I can just image Enna's tale is going to be great because she is such a descriptive character.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    What's goin' on?

    Whats going on with all these cat refrences? Seriously people? Warrior cats and whatever else do not belong on Shannon Hale's RATE AND REVIEW page. Get a life and stop talking about cats on this page. Please. Just create a chat website or something. Some of us here want to read about Forest Born.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    The Very Best Book Ever

    The only book I ever read that was better was the first book in the series, and it was close. This one has incorporated a brand new character,Rin, and is filled with action,evil,magic,family,comitment,love,and friendship that will leave you begging for more( I sure was).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Rorest

    All i wish is that this book would have a better enbing.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2009

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    OH MY FREAKING WORD!!

    I <3 the Books of Bayern soo much. BUt I was worried when I picked this up. I said, a new character? Can she do it?
    SHE DID!
    Rin was so amazingg, not to mention the full return of Razo, Isi, Enna, Dasha, Finn, and Geric. Plus little Tusken! Got to love him!
    Read it, my friends, you'll love it.
    But only if you've read the others first!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    I absolutely loved the three other books in the series. they were amazing. i cant wait till this next comes out.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

    Thank God Above

    I am beyond excited. I love the books of Bayern and was so sad because I thought she was down writing about them. Goose Girl is my favorite book ever. I reread it every year. I can't wait till this book comes out. I'm jumping with joy on the inside. The books are just incredible. I love the characters, especially Razo and I love the way she rights about the connection between Isi, Enna, and Dasha. It makes it seem so much more real and possible to think of the characters not as having special powers but as being able to hear and speak to the forces of nature. It's absolutely brilliant. I can't wait. I am so pre-ordering this.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2009

    I CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I absolutely LOVE the books of Bayern! I had thought River Secrets was the last one, but then I found about Forest Born! I'm sure Forest Born will be as good as the others. I cannot wait until it comes out!
    My favorite book of all time is Enna Burning (though it's almost a tie with River Secrets) The first time I read Goose Girl I completely fell in love with the series and the characters!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Bread maker

    Ok, who ever wrote the first review just gave away the whole book so know I don't have to read it thanks.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Awsome

    Well i picked up this book in 5 grade last year and this booked looked good and when i read itvwas like i foud i book that would lead me to interal hope of books. One part i rember was when rin brother said wow when did everbody stared hacing so much kid something like bur it was fuuny. I recimocened to Ny bodu

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    BEST BOOK EVER

    This book is dazzling and amazing! No book I've read in my life has had me so hooked ( except the hunger games pls. Read). I feel like crying every time I can't read it. This is an amazing book that would be stupid to not read. Wish i could give it ten million stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    AMAZING! I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!!!!! Shanon Hale is one of THE BEST authors ever.

    This is the BEST out of all of Shanon Hale's books, in my opinion! I could NOT put it down!!!!! One thing about it is that if you haven't read the other previous books, it might be a bit confusing; so i would recomend reading them first (If not all of them, even just reading the Goose Girl would be helpful, just to let you get to know the characters). All in all, it is a GREAT book, i would recomend it to anyone! An awesome read from beginning to end :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Fantastic but.....

    This is an amazing book, but all the errors make it hard to read, like the random capital letters or the spaces in the middle of the words.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Q?

    I have read the goose girl, enna burning and river secrets. Ihope that this book will be just as good as the others. Knowing shannon hale it will be a fantastic book for sure!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    Shannon Hale is one of the best young adult fiction writers ever! She carefully crafts her stories and hooks you right from the start.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2009

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    Forest Born

    It took me a while to read this book. I had really thought it would be just as good as River Secrets, which I just finished reading. But it was dry in some places, and I don't really like Rin very much. When a book has a character that I like to read about, or that I can connect with, it's just a lot more enjoyable for me to read. But I was slightly disappointed with this book. Out of all of the Bayern Books, this was my least favorite. I think it had SOME good parts, which is why I gave it a three. Also, if you've read the other Books of Bayern, you shouldn't overlook this one. I still think you should read it, just be kind of prepared. It might get boring.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

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    OH my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    holy crap i can't wait! i thought Shannon Hale had finished with the series! oh i am so excited! She captured my heart and made me fall in love with the characters in the first book and it only gets better from there!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 yay!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2014

    Armageddon

    "Sure. When we get home." With that he padded home to bloodclan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2014

    River

    She snarled "let me go"( next you post at aeneid)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    D

    Ssits worried that she wasn't there any more.

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