The Tree of Mindala

The Tree of Mindala

by Elle Jacklee


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Miranda Moon's vivid imagination has gotten her into trouble more times than she can count. This time, she's been suspended from school. So her straight-laced younger brother, Marcus, blames her when they're relegated to their late grandparents' old cabin over Halloween weekend. But when Miranda finds a curious trinket, they're mysteriously whisked away to Wunderwood, where magic flows through the trees and everyone already knows their family name. A place even Miranda never imagined.

Just as they arrive, a sinister warlock, Thornton Crow, is freed from a long banishment. He resumes his deadly agenda to find The Tree of Mindala, the source of all the realm's magic. As Miranda and Marcus discover branches of their own family tree that they hadn't even known existed, they learn that Thornton has a score to settle with anyone in their bloodline. Especially them... Though justice has always had a way of being naturally restored in Wunderwood, Thornton's latest evil deed just may be the tipping point.

When Miranda discovers her own role in Thornton's release, she knows it's up to her to stop him from stealing not just magic, but also hope. With travel companions that could as easily be foes as friends, and only the cryptic words of a prophecy to guide her, Miranda must decide if she can carry out the task that will either save Wunderwood... or doom it forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479296613
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/30/2012
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Elle Jacklee's professional titles have included software programmer, bilingual sales rep, and proposal specialist. But her favorite title, besides wife and mother, is author! It's the only one that lets her call daydreaming "research." Her love for the outdoors is her greatest inspiration. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two young sons, none of whom are in a hurry to grow up, and that's just fine with her! You can visit her website at:

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The Tree of Mindala 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that THE TREE OF MINDALA by Elle Jacklee is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
FantasyBookLane More than 1 year ago
When twelve year old Miranda turns a snowglobe upside down, she and her brother are transported into a new world. This world is under threat from an evil sorcerer, who wishes to control all living things. The brother and sister duo must join up with a cast of interesting characters to save the world in this fairytale story. The premise for this story is actually quite fun. Not only do the kids discover something new about their own family, but they are assisted by a shape changer named Skye who was an instant favorite for me. There is a well thought out concept behind this world, and the backstory for the villain could easily be made into a novel of it’s own. Well, I say easily, but I’m not the one who would have to write it. Suffice to say, there is a lot of background information here that would also make a good book. I love that animal characters were present without the story becoming overly cute. These are brave animals who are willing to fight to defend their homes and their loved ones, not cute little mice who dance and sing. The kids are mature for their ages, but they are still believable. When danger faces them, they step up like any normal kid in a fantasy story will do. There are many characters present in this tale. I wouldn’t say too many, but there are quite a few. Luckily, most of them are likeable, and all of them seemed to have distinct personalities. Even Thornton, the bad guy, was well done. I like a good villain. Miranda, Raina, and Petal (a bird) seem to be the most noteworthy females. They are strong, intelligent, and special in their own ways. A vivid imagination has gone into the creation of this book. I think it will easily be enjoyed by young and old alike. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rooth_Jones66 More than 1 year ago
I bought the Tree of Mindala after seeing it featured on Goodreads as a giveaway. I was super disappointed that I did not win the giveaway, so I purchased it because, honestly, the cover just spoke to me. It is a fantastic cover! As a reviewer, it is not often that I have to purchase books, as I get a lot of authors interested in my feedback, but I'm glad I paid for this one because it was well worth the couple of dollars and more. I am a fantasy lover, so the aspects of high fantasy (magic, wizards, fantastical talking beasts) did not turn me off. If you don't like those things, this book may not be your cup of tea. However, the main characters, especially Marcus, Raina and Leaf, and Skye were so down to earth and flawed that I felt like they could have been my next door neighbors.  Actually, the only reason I would rate this book at a 4.5 (which would be my actual rating, if there were half stars on this site, but I could not bring myself to give it a 4, as I liked it far too much) is that I found Miranda to be too good and perfect, and I was often confused by her motives and felt that they were not genuine motives. I tend to side with screw-ups, though, and other people may not find they have that issue. I found the world of Wunderwood to be lovely, vividly placed in my mind through skilled writing and detail, and very original, even though it plays upon themes that are well established. The writing seemed to me a mesh of Rowling, L'engle, and Wynne Jones, all of whom are some of my favorite YA Fantasy authors. I can tell that Jacklee understands YA fantasy, loves it and knows what has come before, and how to use those themes without being stale. That is not to say that the world she created was a copy. It is in no way a copy of any other world I have read (and I read a lot of fantasy), but it's own, unique setting with new characters and a very cool twist on magical identity vs. inheritance. Along with the vivid, detailed landscape, I truly enjoyed the fun magical imaginings of Jacklee's mind, and could picture them in my head, playing them out as though I could tap into the magic of Wunderwood. I felt every character in the story had a background, personality and traits all their own, and could only ask for a little detail on the part of Miranda, who I simply wanted to experience more fully as a main character. Again, I probably just wanted her to be more gritty and unsure of herself. However, I LOVED Marcus and Skye, and feel like I've known them for years. I cannot wait for the second book in this installation. It is a shame that Jacklee is not yet a common household fantasy name, but I have a feeling that may change. 
FantasyFanMK More than 1 year ago
Author Elle Jacklee creates a magnificent world in the Tree of Mindala. Her prose is quite enjoyable, made so by the blending of narrative and dialogue in an interesting and equally pleasant storyline.   She weaves a tale of middle-grade fantasy that is hard to put down.  The story is classic in the respect of ‘good versus evil.’ By including talking creatures, an evil protagonist, and two children who are believable by their behavior, the story travels well and keeps the reader more than interested to turn the page. Would I recommend this book? My answer is a resounding, yes! My rating is 4.25 stars.  Will I follow Elle Jacklee and any of her upcoming work? Again, yes! I am already looking forward to the second installment.  If you have young readers, or as an adult, just enjoy reading a well-spun tale for fun, this is your book.  Final thoughts are this: Excellent job, Ms. Jacklee.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Exciting, adventurous, and heart-warming. That’s how I would describe this novel.  This novel very well written novel has a very nice flow. The pace changes with the action, but in a consistent wave like change. The passage of time is also well marked throughout so that you neither feel like the story is rushing to completion nor dragging on. Not only does Jacklee set the scene brilliantly through her vivid and larger than life descriptions and narrative, she also builds the world that the characters drop upside-down into. This is an amazing world, complete with its own awesome flora and fauna. Each piece of it is individually developed, as well as developed in its place in the world as a whole. There is also a brilliant history laid out for the audience in a very engaging way.  This novel is full of interestingly unique characters. Each one is individually developed to be themselves. Since some of the characters are still growing up, they do change throughout the course of the novel, as would anyone who faced these challenges, but they remain themselves through and through. I love how some of the characters have a vivid imagination that turns out to be the reality lived by others. This cast of characters and their adventures worm their way into your heart.  This is one of those stories that is suitable for and entertaining to those of all ages. There is nothing in it that would be inappropriate for a younger audience, yet it is written in such a captivating manner that I could barely put it down.  Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review
StarryEyedHeart More than 1 year ago
How lucky am I? I was given the opportunity to discover one of the most enchanting book released in 2012-The Tree of Mindala – provided by Elle Jacklee herself! Once I’ve read the book’s synopsis, I knew immediately that I would love it! Brave and adventurous Miranda Moon has always seen things. Things that belonged in the fairytale world-her stories are always thrilling and extraordinary, but sometimes they get a bit out of hand; and this time it’s the beginning of something that may change her life; involuntarily dragging along her younger brother, the wise-beyond-his-years Marcus. Unlike his sister, Marcus believes it’s best to stick to the ‘real-world’, where there are no half-human and half-fish creatures lurking somewhere near the pond on the way to school. Yet once again, due to Miranda’s astonishing tales, that caused a mayhem in school one day, her suspension lead them both to their grand-parent’s home, where adventures and another world with mystifying creatures are waiting on them to help take out an evil that was once banished and confined by a spell their very own grandparents has cast themselves. As I stated before, when I was contacted by Elle to see if I could check out this book, I was immediately ‘attracted’ to the synopsis and knew that I would love this read. I mean what is there not to love? The mix between the real-world, and the other, Wunderwood-the one that Elle has created-brimming with magical powers and creatures that will cast a spell on you, and the journey of two young characters in stance to defend a place that was unknown to them, all while finding themselves … brilliant! The chronicles of Narnia was and still is one of my favorite reads, and I can say that this series may become another! Those who have only read the synopsis may find the plot of the two to be similar, however once you get into the book, you’ll forget about any other book besides the one you are reading. Would I recommend it? Out of all the books I have read so far, of 2013, The Tree of Mindala is on the top list of most recommend! Although a middle-grade Fantasy, there’s no question that YA lovers will also enjoy this one! Once again thank you Elle!