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Winter Wood (Touchstone Trilogy Series #3)

Winter Wood (Touchstone Trilogy Series #3)

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by Steve Augarde

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The third and final book in the enthralling Touchstone trilogy about the Various.

In the final book of Steve Augarde’s captivating trilogy, past and present are connected and the interwoven threads lead to an astonishing series of revelations.

Midge’s discovery of the hidden tribe is like a dream to her now, their existence all but


The third and final book in the enthralling Touchstone trilogy about the Various.

In the final book of Steve Augarde’s captivating trilogy, past and present are connected and the interwoven threads lead to an astonishing series of revelations.

Midge’s discovery of the hidden tribe is like a dream to her now, their existence all but forgotten—but then a voice calls out to her in the winter darkness. The Various have returned, and their desperation has made them all the more dangerous. They must travel to Elysse or perish. The only way that Midge can help the little people is by tracing the whereabouts of her great-great-aunt Celandine. But Celandine must be long dead, surely?

A story of danger and magic, friendship and betrayals, this is fantasy writing at its very best.

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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2009
"A perfectly paced, beautifully crafted and moving end to a memorable fantasy."

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VOYA - Mary Arnold
The Touchstone Trilogy's final installment weaves together the stories of young Midge and her great-great-aunt Celandine from the first two books, united in time by their knowledge of and commitment to saving the five tribes of the Various. The secret existence of the magical wee folk is threatened from within by internecine struggles for power and from outside by human progress. Midge must coax from her aunt's memory the hiding place of the Orbis, entrusted to Celandine many years ago by the leader of the cave dwellers, so it can be reunited with the Touchstone and lead the tribes of the Various to their true home. This book exemplifies fine, old-fashioned storytelling, and readers will delight in the imaginative language and rousing adventures and cheer for the touching loyalty of friendship and secrets kept and revealed. Although the back story is completely told, familiarity with the first two books will allow readers to immediately enter into Augarde's blend of the fantastic and mundane. Reviewer: Mary Arnold
Children's Literature - Melyssa Malinowski
Time is running out for the "Various." If not returned to their homeland soon, they will cease to exist. All they do now is fight in civil wars over a pair of ancient artifacts. Thankfully Midge's family is moving to Mill Farm, near the woods where the remaining Various fight each other and for survival. Midge is the last remaining link to her great, great aunt Celandine, the last know keeper of the Orbis. She must search desperately to find it in order save the little winged people that only she can see. Will she find all of the missing pieces in time or will an entire race disappear from existence? Winter Wood should not be read in isolation in order to understand and enjoy the fullness of the story. With that in mind, the novel is a wonderful conclusion to the trilogy, (The Various (The Touchstone Trilogy Series #1), Celandine (Touchstone Trilogy Series #2)) linking story lines and character generations beautifully. This novel will be adored by children who love fantasy. While that is true, I would not recommend purchasing this book for a library collection without owning the previous books. This is dense narrative that would not be chosen by a patron looking for light reading. Reviewer: Melyssa Malinowski
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9

In this concluding volume, Midge is called upon once more by the Various, who are in difficult times and see the Orbis as the answer to their troubles. Midge's skills are needed to find her Great-Great-Aunt Celandine and learn about what happened to the Orbis so many years before. With tensions at the breaking point, finding the Orbis and reuniting it with the Touchstone is the only way the Various see for an end to their plight. Once again readers will be captivated by Augarde's wonderful descriptions of the English countryside and the emotions of the characters. Through Midge's fast-paced detective work, much of the backstory is filled in and it is easy for readers to pick up on what's happening, but familiarity with the previous two books is suggested, especially the first one, The Various (Random, 2004). All of the interconnected threads and subplots are neatly tied up in this title, and the questions raised in the previous books are answered in a satisfactory manner.-Dylan Thomarie, Johnstown High School, NY

Kirkus Reviews
In this finale to the Touchstone Trilogy, past and present magically converge when 12-year-old Midge completes the work begun by her great-great aunt Celandine decades before to rescue five ancient tribes of little people hiding from the human world in the woods of Mill Farm. Sensing their end is near, the desperate little people ask Midge to find the Orbis, an instrument entrusted to Celandine for safekeeping and crucial to their survival. Midge discovers Celandine still alive in a nursing home but with no memory of the little people. With Midge's help, Celandine gradually pieces together the past, allowing Midge to play a pivotal role in saving the little people they both love. Reminiscent of Tom's Midnight Garden, intergenerational heroines Celandine and Midge are linked across time in their ability to accept and appreciate the incredible. Behind the briars and brambles, Augarde reveals "truly another world" populated by fantastical fairy folk whose meticulously detailed lives are filled with drama and dreams. A perfectly paced, beautifully crafted and moving end to a memorable fantasy. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Touchstone Trilogy Series , #3
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

Steve Augarde has worked as an illustrator, a paper engineer, and a semipro jazz musician. He has written and illustrated more than seventy picture books for younger children, and has produced the paper engineering for many pop-up books, as well as providing the artwork and music for two animated BBC television series.

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Winter Wood (Touchstone Trilogy Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
What a great ending. This is book 3 in a trilogy and by far the best. I have never read a book about fairies, "little people" as refered to in the book, that touched me so. This story was both sad and magical. I loved all the characters and their personal stories. Wish it did not have to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He looked shocked, but happy. He nodded. Of corse! He licked her ear~Pinefall Yes...? She asked~Meadowsun He smiled. I hope he is~Infernoleaf Oh... he said~Viperstrike
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In book three of THE TOUCHSTONE TRILOGY, hard times have come upon the Various. Their lives hang in the balance as they try to find a way to survive in the human world. They decide their time here is through and they must return to Elysse. The only way to go home is to unite the Touchstone and the Orbis. But the Orbis isn't among the Various. Years ago, it was given to Celandine for safe keeping. Now Midge and Celandine's stories come together as Midge looks to Celandine's past in order to find the Orbis and return it to the Various. However, there are those among the Various who would use the Orbis for their own evil purposes. Will Midge be able to find the Orbis and return it to the right hands before the harsh winter kills the Various? Like THE VARIOUS and CELANDINE, WINTER WOOD is told from varying points of view, giving the reader a glimpse into the lives of the characters, both human and Various. I enjoyed walking into the chill WINTER WOOD and being lost in the triumphant conclusion of Augarde's trilogy. The story blazed with action and adventure despite its winter setting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago