An ancient forest, a dark night, a strange woman—and whispers.
What is going on in this eerie Irish forest? Ten-year-old Declan has to find out. His brother is missing and only he can solve the mystery. But why him? He doesn’t even like his always-yelling brother who his sister says was eaten by wolves. But there are no wolves in Ireland.
Then a witch-like woman tells him the two of them have to go into the spooky woods to save his brother. But from what? The strange trees only whisper the answer and he must go and discover what they are trying to tell him. But he will learn much more than he ever dreamed.
Whispers of Trees is a fun, page-turning thriller hinting of myth that delivers a multicultural adventure.
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|Age Range:||5 - 11 Years|
About the Author
Ben’s imagination has led to adventures around the world. Trekking Tibet and Mt Everest. Studying in Austria. Hiking in Scotland. Bicycling rail trails. House building in Guatemala And now, imagining original children stories told through Spellbinders and through his books. Imagination fired by adventure and experiences. Ben is active in SCBWI and a member of a local children’s writing critique group. He is a former Marketing Manager for a major corporation and ran his own marketing consulting business. He started writing children’s stories in 2008 and has completed over twenty books including picture books, middle grade and young adult. He lives with his wife in Lexington, Kentucky.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
During a family camping trip in the forests of Ireland, boisterous eight-year-old Colin O'Shea goes missing. Colin claimed to have seen a wolf the day before, and now his little sister Bridget says she saw a wolf eat him! But wolves haven't roamed these woods for 300 years. His ten-year-old brother Declan has another idea about what might have happened to him. Could his disappearance have something to do with the mysterious trees in the forest, the ones that appear almost human and seem to be whispering to him? What strange, old Mrs O'Leary has to say only reinforces his suspicions. Declan and Mrs O'Leary embark on a dangerous mission to rescue Colin - and to try and save the whole O'Shea family in the process. This is a magical, mystical tale of witches, dryads, and family. Mrs O'Leary, the tech-savvy "witch" is a hoot. Stark black-and-white images of trees illustrate the book and add to the atmosphere created by the author's words; I only wish they were bigger. The story is similar in feel to the first book in this series ("The Boy Who Flew With Eagles")- a tale of nature, with an underlying message of preservation. Once again, the author's notes at the end give us a further insight into the truth behind the fiction. A great story for readers ages 7 to 12, especially boys. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (25 April): http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/whispers-of-trees-by-ben-woodard.html
This review first appeared on my blog, Christy's Cozy Corners. I really enjoyed Whispers of Trees. When it started I thought that I had maybe missed something from the first book, but that wasn’t the case. It just begins in the middle of an adventure. Declan’s family has been vacationing when his brother goes missing. His sister insists he was eaten by a wolf though no wolves are in Ireland. Where is he? Declan is determined to find his brother and his search leads him to a woman he’s not sure he can trust. For one, she may be a witch. For another, she’s got all of this crazy technology. Who is she? What she tells Declan leads him on an adventure through the woods where the trees lead him along the way. This is a book your middle grade child will enjoy if they like reading about myths and legends. It is a very quick read, yet it will make them feel as if they’ve journeyed to another realm. I definitely recommend it for this age group.
Ireland. Home of leprechauns, fairies, and magic. What better place for ancient trees who talk? As a young reader, I would have fallen in love with this story of a young boy caught in the midst of a troubled family. Reveled in the adventure deep into the lush green forest even with a million eyes following me. Shivered at the strange presence I sensed lurking all around me. Drawn to the mysterious woman living within the forest’s shadow. Afraid of what might have happened to my younger brother. As a mature reader, I wanted more. And that’s what makes a great story! I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
A wonderful story, listen to the forest, —things are not always what they seem. Always listen to your heart and keep listening to the trees. You have the blood of Ireland in your veins. Now who could it be? A name like Declan, no wait . . . Fuamnach, no wait . . . O’Leary, no wait . . . O’Shea. Someone goes missing he waited for the tree spirits to tell him something, but heard only the rhythm of the wind in the trees. A witch? A witch in electronics? “There are no wolves in Ireland,” now who said that? Yell he does, disturbing the forest of trees, shh . . . watch for dryads. Is she a witch? Who might it be? Few humans will ever be quiet enough to learn the ways of the forest. So this story took me to a of whispers and dreariness but it held me captive to it's tale. Declan need to find his brother and Mrs. O’Leary will teach him a thing or two about the forest. However not only Declan but the rest of the O’Shea clan will reap what Mrs. O’Leary sought for them to understand. I was mesmerized with the expressive writing, every detail jumped out at me and made me wonder page after page of jubilance. Short story kept me focus on the adventure of the thrill of quite a children book. I received a free digital download in exchange for a review. Thank you, Darlene Cruz aka Liela