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After their beloved, nature-loving grandmother passes away, 13-year old Ben, his younger sister, Sara, and their parents have the opportunity to spend a year living in her countryside home, which is located at the edge of a sprawling wilderness filled with beauty, wisdom, marvels...and a deranged hermit.
Cat Bordhi's debut novel -- a narrative adaptation of sorts involving the teachings of spiritual guru Eckhart Tolle (author of The Power of Now) -- is an all-ages contemporary fantasy with some very deep themes: the importance of love and the extended family, living a nature-based life, existing in the moment, transcendentalism, etc. After moving into their grandmother's house, Ben and Sara begin to uncover some of her mystical secrets. After each receives a letter of farewell from their revered grandmother, they begin their own journeys of self-discovery and spiritual awakening. Ben's involves a Zen-like riddle regarding a still pond, and Sara is introduced to a mysterious woman who teaches her about the powers of meditation. But when a hermit named Daggett abducts Sara, Ben must use everything he has learned to find his sister -- and Sara must use her knowledge to remain safe…
An unusual blend of pastoral coming-of-age tale à la Wilson Rawls's Where the Red Fern Grows and the esoteric wisdom of Lao Tsu's Tao Te Ching, Bordhi's novel raises deeply introspective spiritual questions (How can you retrieve a treasure from the bottom of a pond without disturbing the water?) that may be lost on some younger readers; but those who can wrap their heads around the profoundly moving story line will be forever changed. Paul Goat Allen