Whispers of Trees is an adventure for Declan and his family. As he tries to find his pesky, irritating brother, Colin he learns a lot about himself as well. This book talks about anger, shouting, empathy and just listening to the other guy. The trees are talking to us, are we listening.
A lady who looks and talks like a witch with technology, trees who seems to wake up and beckon and parent that are unsure what they should do to save their son. This book made me sit up and read nonstop. I was eager to know what actually happened to Colin? Even though they said there were no wolves but what if they were? What do the ancient trees want to tell Declan, have they harmed Colin or are they misleading the brothers? Ben has managed to maintain the mystery, suspense, and intrigue until the end in Whispers of Trees.
I found the book, Whispers of Trees a fast-paced, well-written book. I would have liked a bit more information about the parents and their relationship and why the father and Colin were so angry. He did touch upon it briefly, though. The author tied up all the different theories and the descriptions of the trees made me feel as if I was walking along with Declan. The visual imagery is very strong as well as the myth that is explored in the book.
It is a simple story, one the children will follow quite well and learn from too. Mrs. O’Leary was an interesting character eliciting the just the right blend of fear and curiosity from the family. Ben Woodard has given a voice to the loss we are suffering from our apathy towards Mother Nature. This story is a reminder of how much we have already lost.
Thriller, an air of mystery and simple lessons make this a hard to put down the book. With solid reading, good story and relevant lessons, Whispers Of Trees is a good summer read.
(I received a copy of the book from Beach Bound Books and this is my honest, unbiased review.)
About the Book
Title: Whispers of Trees
Author: Ben Woodard
Genre: Children’s Multicultural Adventure
Number of Pages: 57
Publisher: Miller-Martin Press
Publication Date: March 15, 2016
Synopsis: 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 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 a myth that delivers a multicultural adventure.
This is the second book in the Mythic Adventures Collection. The first book is The Boy Who Flew With Eagles. You can preview it here:
About the Author: Ben Woodard
Ben is an adventurer and storyteller who has traveled the world including climbing Mt. Everest. He now writes adventure stories for boys and girls. Tales of lost gold and river caves, and flying with eagles. Stories of friendship that endure through adversity and danger. Adventures that inspire and educate and, most of all, entertain.
For more information about Ben, please visit BooksByBen.com.
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