Friday, March 9, 2012
Secrets Carry a Price
Searching for one's roots can be a scary experience, particularly for an orphan. Nine-year-old Rowanna (or just Anna) discovers that the mystery of what happened to her parents--and herself--is like stumbling through a dark forest infested by ghouls. But there are secrets to be disclosed, and the High Willow, distant and foreboding, whispers tantalizingly to Anna. She must know the truth, but is she prepared for the price that must be paid to learn it?
Tree Girl, by T. A. Barron, is a mystical adventure for young readers ages 9 through 12. Like the author's other magical fables, this novel explores mythic encounters counterpointed against children's real-life worries and questions about themselves and their lives. It has been published in a variety of formats since it appeared a decade ago, but Evergreen Indiana has you covered. There are several copies available in the online E.I. catalog. Your copy awaits your online hold, if you have an E.I. library card.
Willow Trees Are Fun to Climb,
Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Young Readers' Advisory News Beat
P.S. "The Trees," by Rush, seemed like an obvious musical closer for this posting. The song was featured on the album Hemispheres (1978).