Forest [NOOK Book]

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War is coming, and it will take two very unusual friends to avert a showdown in the town of Forest

Upper Forest is the kingdom of an ancient clan of squirrels. For years they have lived and died in the trees, building an elaborate civilization high above the earth. Since man came to Forest, the trees have been thinned, but there are still enough thick groves where the squirrels can run from branch to branch, going days without touching the ...
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Overview

War is coming, and it will take two very unusual friends to avert a showdown in the town of Forest

Upper Forest is the kingdom of an ancient clan of squirrels. For years they have lived and died in the trees, building an elaborate civilization high above the earth. Since man came to Forest, the trees have been thinned, but there are still enough thick groves where the squirrels can run from branch to branch, going days without touching the ground. To avoid people, their natural enemies, the squirrels make their homes higher than any human can climb—or so they think. But they haven’t met Amber Padgett. Swift, bright, and fearless, Amber has never fit in among humans. When she pokes her head into Upper Forest, she begins an unlikely friendship with a squirrel named Woodbine. As this mismatched pair grows close, the worlds of Upper and Lower Forest collide. But Amber’s father, and other people in town, think the squirrels are pests and try to get rid of them. Which will triumph: friendship or war? This ebook features a personal history by Janet Taylor Lisle including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s own collection.

When twelve-year-old Amber accidentally triggers a war between humans and a community of squirrels, she finds out how similar the two species can be.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Placing Lisle ``in the tradition of E.B. White and George Selden,'' PW's starred review praised this work as ``a fanciful animal yarn that conveys universal aspects of human nature while tracing how misguided fears lead to war.'' Ages 9-12. (July)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Furious with her father, Amber Padgett, 12, climbs a giant white oak to think about things and sees a squirrel in what the creature would call the ``Upper Forest.'' Woodbine is intelligent, but sadly, is as vulnerable to the same fears and power-seeking types as the humans in Lower Forest. Bellicose Barker leads most of his fellow mink-tailed squirrels into a war by showing that people are too dangerous to be ignored. Amber's father, an impossibly stupid man, does everything he can to show that Barker is right. People line up to shoot squirrels and squirrels rise in giant numbers to attack them. Only Amber, her younger brother, and a dreamy, curious squirrel named Woodbine, plus his sister and best friend, are clearheaded enough to seek a new understanding. This is an unusual, witty, and thought-provoking satire, with children proving far more intelligent than most adults-a little like all of those students now being raised in ecologically oriented classrooms who must face adult compromise and backsliding-but with one unusual scientist who's willing to listen. The clear-eyed Amber, though a wee bit too adolescent and sure of herself, and her intuitive brother provide a dauntless pair of heroes well matched by Woodbine. Quick repartee, genuinely interesting details about an unknown species, and clear and infuriating guidelines to letting fear lead us into battle add up to a great read-aloud and discussion starter.-Sara Miller, Rye County Day School, NY
Janice Del Negro
The humans of Lower Forest and the squirrels of Upper Forest are at war. In the midst of the fear and jingoism propelling them toward carnage are the human Amber Padgett and the squirrel Woodbine. They alone are willing to meet halfway to avoid destruction--but Woodbine is considered a traitor, and Amber is only 12 years old. Nonetheless, both are creatures of action. Amber enlists the aid of a professor of wildlife, and Woodbine and his friends force an audience with the Elders, just in time to stop what would surely be a massacre on both sides. Lisle is dealing with big issues here--war, blind fealty, and humankind's taste for violence, to name a few--and they occasionally overwhelm the story. But Amber and Woodbine are distinct characters with an urgent sense of justice that contributes to the forward motion of the plot. With Amber's younger brother, Wendell, providing comic relief, the story is still stronger than the message.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453271803
  • Publisher: Open Road Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 971,454
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Janet Taylor Lisle (b. 1947) is an author of children’s fiction. After growing up in Connecticut, Lisle graduated from Smith College and spent a year working for the volunteer group VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) before becoming a journalist. She found that she loved writing human interest and “slice of life” stories, and honed the skills for observation and dialogue that would later serve her in her fiction. Lisle took a fiction writing course in 1981, and then submitted a manuscript to Richard Jackson, a children’s book editor at Bradbury Press who was impressed with her storytelling. Working with Jackson, Lisle published her first novel, The Dancing Cats of Applesap, in 1984. Since then she has written more than a dozen books for young readers, including The Great Dimpole Oak (1987) and Afternoon of the Elves (1989), which won a Newbery Honor. Her most recent novel is Highway Cats (2008).

Janet Taylor Lisle (b. 1947) is an author of children’s fiction. After growing up in Connecticut, Lisle graduated from Smith College and spent a year working for the volunteer group VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) before becoming a journalist. She found that she loved writing human interest and “slice of life” stories, and honed the skills for observation and dialogue that would later serve her in her fiction. Lisle took a fiction writing course in 1981, and then submitted a manuscript to Richard Jackson, a children’s book editor at Bradbury Press who was impressed with her storytelling. Working with Jackson, Lisle published her first novel, The Dancing Cats of Applesap, in 1984. Since then she has written more than a dozen books for young readers, including The Great Dimpole Oak (1987) and Afternoon of the Elves (1989), which won a Newbery Honor. Her most recent novel is Highway Cats (2008). 

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    A sexy she-cat pads in. Is nightmask here? She says, laying down and streching into the mating position. She is in heat and hungry for sex." Please tell him I'm here."

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    Zach

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    Ravenfrost

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    Silverstorm

    She pads in, looking at the two cats "yes, this is Sandclan territory. Can i ask you who you are and why youre here?" Her eyes narrowed and her tail lashed from side to side
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    Posted December 30, 2013

    This is sandclan too

    All the way to res 10

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    Dawnpelt

    Pads in..."may i join your clan?" The sun falls on my fur making me look amber.

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