Forest Secrets

Forest Secrets

by Laurie Woodward


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The half-tree, half-human beings lived a secret existence deep in the old growth forest.
Until now.
When 11-year old Daisy Castillo discovers a plot to destroy the forest, she tries to halt the approaching evil while keeping these magical creatures from being discovered.
But danger waits in every shadow. For if these corrupt men succeed, the Forest People will die. A few surprises are in store, as some unknown and undiscovered friendships hold the key to her success. Fate hangs in the balance as Daisy faces her deepest fears, including heartbreak from the past, to rise up against all odds.
Suspenseful, mysterious, and full of danger, Forest Secrets captures the enchantment of nature and the power of friendship in this classic tale of good vs. evil.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692510995
Publisher: Laurie Woodward
Publication date: 10/09/2015
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

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Forest Secrets 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Frank_Scozzari More than 1 year ago
FOREST SECRETS is a whimsical tale of adventure, loss, friendship, and triumph. I opened this book, started reading, and before I knew it, day had turned to night and night had turned to midnight. Eleven-year-old Daisy Castillo befriends Callandrai, a magical tree-human living in an ancient forest. They both have something in common—the loss of family; Daisy's parents recently divorced and Callandrai parents are nowhere to be found. Together they embark on a search for Callandrai's parents only to discover that the entire forest is in jeopardy of destruction at the hands of a greedy logging company. As with all great children stories, Forest Secrets is filled with important life lessons and morals. It examines the issues of man verses nature and good verses evil, and instills a sense of oneness with the earth and all its natural creatures. The writing is superb, the characters are believable, and the plot is full of interesting twists. The author, Laurie Woodward, has created an original fantasy world here, a true classic; one that is certain to spark the imagination of any child. It is an entertaining read for adults as well.
Yvonne_M More than 1 year ago
Do you ever get that feeling that you are being watched while walking through the forest? Eleven-year-old Daisy does and she is…by a young forest girl (Calliandra). Daisy has just moved to Sylvan Fork with her mother after her father left the family for a more adventurous life. While exploring a nearby forest she encounters a forest girl who has been separated from her parents (Mama Maple and Daddy Dogwood) because of a logging company moving through the forest. Daisy, along with her friend Albert, are determined to reunite Calliandra with her parents. Along the way they discover additional secrets and must face their fears to save the forest and their newfound friends. I love that the characters in this book are the same ages as readers. It is often hard to find quality books that are appropriate for readers in intermediate grades. The characters are well developed and through their actions students can determine character traits and roles. Finally I appreciate the modern social issues the characters need to work through (bullies, divorce, death of a parent, deforesting, etc.) without being over the top. Forest Secrets is perfect for students to read independently in grades 4-8. Teachers could easily use this book as an interactive read aloud to encourage predicting and inferring. There are endless opportunities for students to expand their thinking, opinions and beliefs during book club discussions. Readers that enjoy a combination of realistic fiction and a bit of fantasy will love this book.