July 06, 2018

#BookReview of Forest Secrets: A Magical Mystery Novel by @woodward_laurie

Forest Secrets
Reviewed By: Rachael
Publisher: Create Space
Recommended Age: Middle Grade
Genre: Fantasy
About the Book: 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.

About the Author: 
“I want children to see the magic inside them,” says author and long-time educator Laurie Woodward. “I want to empower them. I would like them to learn that by becoming effective communicators and helping other children resolve conflicts peacefully they are making the world a better place They learn that giving to others builds self-esteem and creates memories they can be proud of for a lifetime.”
As a Creativia author, her published works include The Artania Chronicles, Forest Secrets and co-writing The Dolphin Legacy. Laurie was also a collaborator on the Dean and JoJo anti-bullying DVD, Resolutions. Every book contains a lasting message of hope showing the reader that when one is true to him/herself bullies can be defeated in both real and fantasy worlds. She uses her role as author to inspire a new generation of writers. 
In Forest Secrets children learn about the necessity of care for nature and the forest and apply it to other environments. The message is about teaching children to care for the environment and its inhabitants. When an eleven-year-old girl befriends a tree creature, she uncovers a plot to illegally log in a protected forest. She then sets off on an adventure to save all tree people and an endangered species from destruction.

Do I Recommend this book? Yes!!

Notes and Opinions: This has to be my favorite middle grade book!! It took a little bit for me to get into it but once I did, I didn't put it down for anything (including much needed sleep for work). Daisy is such a brave girl and is willing to help anyone in need. She's a smart girl who needs to help her new friend. She faces some almost impossible tasks and we learn an important lesson on deforestation. It's a fun and exciting read with some sad moments. I recommend this to anyone and everyone!!


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