Forest by Janet Taylor Lisle

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War is coming, and it will take two very unusual friends to avert a showdown in the town of Forest

Upper Forest is the kingdom of an ancient clan of squirrels. For years they have lived and died in the trees, building an elaborate civilization high above the earth. Since man came to Forest, the trees have been thinned, but there are still enough thick groves where the squirrels can run from branch to branch, going days without touching the ground. To avoid people, their natural enemies, the squirrels make their homes higher than any human can climb—or so they think. But they haven’t met Amber Padgett. Swift, bright, and fearless, Amber has never fit in among humans. When she pokes her head into Upper Forest, she begins an unlikely friendship with a squirrel named Woodbine. As this mismatched pair grows close, the worlds of Upper and Lower Forest collide. But Amber’s father, and other people in town, think the squirrels are pests and try to get rid of them. Which will triumph: friendship or war? This ebook features a personal history by Janet Taylor Lisle including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s own collection.
 

About Janet Taylor Lisle

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Janet Taylor Lisle is the author of many novels for children, including the Newbery Honor book, AFTERNOON OF THE ELVES; THE ART OF KEEPING COOL; HIGHWAY CATS; SIRENS AND SPIES; FOREST; and A MESSAGE FROM THE MATCH GIRL (from the Investigators of the Unknown series). She lives with her family on the coast of Rhode Island.
 
Published January 29, 2013 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween. 132 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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only Woodbine and two friends, plus Amber and her brother, imagine that the other species may be worth preserving.

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White and George Selden,'' PW's starred review praised this work as ``a fanciful animal yarn that conveys universal aspects of human nature while tracing how misguided fears lead to war.'' Ages 9-12.

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The residents of Upper and Lower Forest have led parallel, relatively peaceful lives until a 12-year-old human, Amber Padgett, unknowingly trespasses on squirrel territory when building a hide-out in a tree.

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