Forest Secrets: A Fairy Houses Mystery

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When Kate Evans moves to a seaport town in New Hampshire, she is thrilled that her new home is located at the edge of an enchanted forest. She and her new friend and neighbor, Luke, explore the wonders of nature until they stumble upon an unsolved mystery hidden in a tree trunk. They ponder the questions What are the magical secrets of the woods? Will we discover the secrets of the fairy houses? Can those secrets help us save the land we love before it’s sold and developed? This entrancing ...

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Overview

When Kate Evans moves to a seaport town in New Hampshire, she is thrilled that her new home is located at the edge of an enchanted forest. She and her new friend and neighbor, Luke, explore the wonders of nature until they stumble upon an unsolved mystery hidden in a tree trunk. They ponder the questions What are the magical secrets of the woods? Will we discover the secrets of the fairy houses? Can those secrets help us save the land we love before it’s sold and developed? This entrancing story is a beautifully illustrated adventure—complete with a map and hidden magical delights—that is designed to engage children in the enjoyment of nature and increase environmental awareness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976628910
  • Publisher: Light Beams Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: The Fairy Houses Series
  • Pages: 126
  • Sales rank: 820,691
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracy Kane is the author and illustrator of the award-winning Fairy Houses Series® of books and videos. She lives in Lee, New Hampshire. Kelly Sanders is a literacy specialist and works with teachers and students, kindergarten through fourth grade. She lives in Unionville, Connecticut.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    real keeper for youngsters who like mysteries

    What would you think if you were walking in the woods and found a real "fairy house" built inside a tree trunk? Eleven year old Kate Evans has just moved to Portsmouth, NH, with her mom who has begun a new job with the Strawbery Banke Museum. They live in a cottage owned by an elderly woman, Mrs. Annie Lennox. Kate's dad had died when she was very young. Kate likes to build fairy houses and is thrilled to find that their new home borders a forest on the Lennox property in which she can investigate the wonders of nature. She meets a neighbor her own age, Luke Carver, who is also a nature lover. Luke helps his Uncle Rick who works to take care of Mrs. Lennox's gardens and also the grounds in nearby Prescott Park.
    Kate and Luke discover a tooth fairy's house hidden in the trunk of a tree in which they find an old stone with a mysterious clue written on it, which leads them to a gnome house, and a clue there leads them to still another miniature house built in a stump which contains one final clue about a treasure. However, Mrs. Lennox is considering selling her estate to a developer. And Luke's friend Trevor is acting strange. Can they solve the mystery and find the treasure? Will Luke and Kate be able to save the forest and also to help Trevor? Forest Secrets not only tells an interesting story that youngsters will enjoy reading but also illustrates good behavior. When Trevor tries to get Luke to do something wrong, Luke refuses and walks away. Kate tries to help Trevor deal with the fact that his parents are divorcing and he and his mom are moving away by talking about the death of her father. And I liked the way the plot connects the present with the past.
    Author Tracy Kane began by writing and illustrating The Fairy Houses Series® of children's books, consisting of Fairy Houses, Fairy Boat, and Fairy Flight. These books sparked an interest in building fairy houses which has fostered various workshops and community events, helping to bring families closer together as they explore the wonders of nature. Then when Tracy's husband, Barry Kane, photographed many of the fairy houses, two books of fairy house photographs resulted, Fairy Houses.Everywhere! and Fairy Houses and Beyond, the second of which I have previously reviewed. This sixth release in the series expands the appeal to middle grade readers with a touch of mystery and will be popular with both children and parents. By the way, the Strawbery Banke museum is a real living history museum that sounds as if it is a neat place to visit. Forest Secrets is a real keeper for youngsters who like mysteries.

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

    Adorable!

    I found Forest Secrets to be very enjoyable to read with my child. Loved the characters and their friendship. Looking forward to the next book out by Sanders.

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