Juniper Sawfeather seems to have a talent for finding mythological creatures. Or maybe the creatures are finding her.
The mermaids she saved from the oil spill are long gone. There’s no evidence of them, and she’s been branded as a liar and a fake in the media and at school. Her environmental activist parents have moved on to a protest to save Old Growth trees from being chopped down. June isn’t particularly concerned with this cause until after falling asleep at the base of a giant tree she wakes to find herself 40 feet in the air on one of its branches!
From this point on she becomes obsessed with the tree, and it appears the tree is becoming obsessed with her too. Soon, she is trapped 170 feet above the ground, and the magical spirit that resides in the tree isn’t interested in letting her go free or allowing anyone else to save her. Is the tree spirit good or evil? Will Juniper’s feet ever touch the ground again?
This was a great sequel to “Cry Of The Sea”. Juniper has found herself entangled with yet another mythical creature/spirit.
The woods come alive (literally) in this novel. This thousand year old tree has a mind of it’s own and has decided it likes Juniper and plans to keep her.
The premise for this story is interesting. There are thousands upon thousands of fables about trees coming alive or people’s spirits getting trapped in a tree. It’s a fascinating and terrifying idea. Really makes you see trees in a different light.
Juniper, as always, is a bit of a brat. The story really gets going with her throwing a fit because Carter brought her to a protest on their first night back together. I think this part of her personality gives her a bit of depth. No teenager is immune to mood swings. No teenager sees the bigger picture every time. Sometimes, they’re a bit selfish. That’s real life. I like that Mrs. Driver wrote Juniper this way. Like I said, it really gives her some depth.
The descriptions of the tree are beautiful. I would love to see one of these trees for myself. How impressive and imposing a 200+ ft tree would be.
I was happy to see Juniper and her mom come together in this book. It resolved some issues that I had from the first book. I’ll be honest, I really didn’t like June’s mom in the first book. It felt like Juniper’s parents neglected her a bit. In this book both Juniper’s mother and father are given a bit more depth and I felt like I got to know them a bit better. The story about how Juniper’s last name came about is beautiful. I literally “awe’d” out loud.
I LOVE how this story ties in with “Cry Of The Sea”. It takes the mermaid premise to a whole new plane. Including the Native American myth was perfect. It took the whole series to a whole new place. I am super excited to see where it goes.
I look forward to continuing my journey with Juniper Sawfeather.
Definite 5 star book.
The Technical Data:
Title: Whisper Of The Woods | Author(s): D. G. Driver |
Publisher: Fire and Ice Young Adult Books / Publication Date: 11-21-2015 |Pages: 235 (Print) | ISBN: B017V3F53K | Genre(s): Fantasy / Young Adult |Language:English | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 2-10-2016 | Source: Copy from Author