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Woodlark's Shadow

Woodlark's Shadow

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by Dan Mishkin, Tom Mandrake
     
 

In the forest surrounding Justin’s home, something is lurking. It’s only a shadow at first, speaking to him through the rustling leaves. But Justin knows that a terrible creature is living in the woods — and that no one will believe him. Haunted by a nightmare that is all too real, he must speak up and be ridiculed, or face this ancient evil on

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In the forest surrounding Justin’s home, something is lurking. It’s only a shadow at first, speaking to him through the rustling leaves. But Justin knows that a terrible creature is living in the woods — and that no one will believe him. Haunted by a nightmare that is all too real, he must speak up and be ridiculed, or face this ancient evil on his own.

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In the first book, the forest monster is legendary among the kids in Justin's New England town, and they play a game mocking the creature. Justin, however, feels sure that there is something truly evil in the woods. He's seen the moving shadows and the yellow eyes glaring out from the trees. He wonders about the odd path of iron rods-and he believes that he is destined to confront the fiend-and whatever is behind it. In Heir, Ryan, 14, just wants to fit in, but odd things keep happening. Ice cream completely melts in his hands, and unexpected fires ignite when he is near. When his parents reveal that he was found abandoned in the desert as a baby, he begins to understand that he is not from Earth. He dreams of his home world, long ago taken over by the evil Arachnovar. His best friend becomes possessed by a weird spiderlike creature, leading Ryan to discover that extraterrestrials are hunting him. To save the town from being taken over, Ryan must recover the ancient powers of the Fire Prince-or die trying. Although written in full-text style, both books show a graphic-novel influence-episodic, action-driven plots; highly visual descriptive imagery; and dramatic dialogue. The comic-book background is also evident in the heavily shadowed illustrations and dramatic cover art. These high-energy texts and engaging characters will attract reluctant readers as well as fantasy fans.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974280356
Publisher:
Actionopolis/Komikwerks
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Series:
Forest King Ser.
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
101
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
7 - 13 Years

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Woodlark's Shadow 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Justin Woodlark is quite sure of two things: the forest surrounding his new home in a small town in the middle of nowhere is nothing like the hustle and bustle of New York City, and that same forest is home to a creature unlike anything he's ever known before.

Sure, he was scared of the forest at first, especially when he got lost. But now he's spent lots of time under the shade of the trees, in daytime and at twilight, playing games with his friends like "Old Man of the Forest." Still, though, there's something about the forest that disturbs him, and it's somehow connected to the iron poles set into the ground throughout the woods; poles that are impossible to dislodge.

Then two things happen that prove to Justin that the woods hold an ancient evil. First, there's the old man Smith, who likes to ask questions about Justin and his time in the woods, but who refuses to answer questions. When he frightens Justin, leading the young teen to push the old man, tensions escalate. And when a game of "Old Man of the Forest" goes terribly wrong, ending up in lots of aches and pains, not to mention fears, Justin knows that there's something alive and sinister in the woods surrounding his home.

When he sets out to investigate with his two best friends, Alice and Rob, the three teens find more than they bargained for--a monstrous creature with gigantic fangs and skin that resembles leaves. Can they overcome this evil with the help of the mysterious iron poles embedded in the forest floor, or is this creature simply a sign of things to come?

THE FOREST KING is an easy, quick read, perfect for younger teens, pre-teens, or older reluctant readers. The constant action and fantasy elements will appeal to young readers, who will be happy to know that this is the first book in a series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Justin Woodlark is quite sure of two things: the forest surrounding his new home in a small town in the middle of nowhere is nothing like the hustle and bustle of New York City, and that same forest is home to a creature unlike anything he's ever known before. Sure, he was scared of the forest at first, especially when he got lost. But now he's spent lots of time under the shade of the trees, in daytime and at twilight, playing games with his friends like 'Old Man of the Forest.' Still, though, there's something about the forest that disturbs him, and it's somehow connected to the iron poles set into the ground throughout the woods poles that are impossible to dislodge. Then two things happen that prove to Justin that the woods hold an ancient evil. First, there's the old man Smith, who likes to ask questions about Justin and his time in the woods, but who refuses to answer questions. When he frightens Justin, leading the young teen to push the old man, tensions escalate. And when a game of 'Old Man of the Forest' goes terribly wrong, ending up in lots of aches and pains, not to mention fears, Justin knows that there's something alive and sinister in the woods surrounding his home. When he sets out to investigate with his two best friends, Alice and Rob, the three teens find more than they bargained for--a monstrous creature with gigantic fangs and skin that resembles leaves. Can they overcome this evil with the help of the mysterious iron poles embedded in the forest floor, or is this creature simply a sign of things to come? THE FOREST KING is an easy, quick read, perfect for younger teens, pre-teens, or older reluctant readers. The constant action and fantasy elements will appeal to young readers, who will be happy to know that this is the first book in a series. **Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka 'The Genius'
harstan More than 1 year ago
John and Beth Woodlark accompanied by their preadolescent son Justin relocate from the big city to the small woodland village founded by an ancestor on the edge of the forest. Their new house in fact abuts the woods. Justin makes friends with kids his age especially athletic Alice Crane and sprouting up Rob Prichard. --- However, though he plays Hide and Seek, and Old Man of the Forest, the nearby woods scare him as he has heard shrieks and other noises and seen things that should not be. He believes that something evil, perhaps the Old Man of legend, lives in the forest and is growing. Justin fears the shadow that seems to be coalescing into to something else, but also wonders what to do as he knows no one will believe his ridiculous story including him, but if he does nothing his parents, his friends, the town and he will be engulfed by an ancient malevolence growing stronger by the nanosecond. --- This is a terrific young adult horror thriller starring a likable lead character struggling with what to do as he thinks he¿s just a kid and should not have to deal with the weight of the world (or at least his town) on his shoulders. The story line is action-packed and enhanced by terrific illustrations that add to the feel of foreboding and doom. Readers will enjoy Justin¿s adventures as the frightened lad battles an ancient evil to determine who the true Forest King is. --- Harriet Klausner