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.