||Jan 9, 2008
The novel 'Forest Spirit' has mystery, adventure and spiritualism. It begins on a cattle range in the Northern Territory and the mysterious secret of a Tasmanian cave.
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David Laing Author
An exciting, action-packed yarn: adventure, mystery, magic, suspense, spiritualism, Aboriginal and Australian culture, and a cast of interesting characters including a wombat and a German Shepherd.
Jacinta (Jars) Kelly is orphaned when a buffalo charges her family's ute in the outback of the Northern Territory in Northern Australia, tragically killing her mother, father and brother. Befause she has no other family members in the Northern Territory she is sent to live with her uncle, aunt and cousin (Snook) in Tasmania, an island State in the south of Australia.
Snook and Jars quickly become friends and along with Quenton Quigley, the annoying but not altogether bad son of the mayor of the area, they have an adventure when they go camping in the forest with Snook's father. Jars meets the Forest Spirit - an apparition that has appeared in her dreams, and now asks for help to uncover a secret in the Tasmanian bush.
Jars, Snook and Quenton begin an adventure in the wilderness that takes many unexpected twists and turns!
Robyn Friend, Author
In his novel for young people, Forest Spirit, David Laing has created some truly delightful characters. The odyssey of Jars from the dramatic death of her parents in the Australian outback, through dream displacement and mourning, to the conclusion in the forests of Tasmania, is helped along the way by bright eyes Snook and ponderous Quenton, by bad crooks and not so bad crooks, by an ancestral spirit and by some very knowing animals of the forest itself. This story works on several levels; the resolution for Jars, finally, when it comes, is mystic and gentle. I have now read this manuscript a number of times and have always been charmed by it.
Dr. Shirley Patton
Forest Spirit links ecological and esoteric themes in a comtemporary Australian setting. Written with a deft and gentle touch, its ending will inspire and entrance young readers.
Miranda Grace, Drama Teacher, Writer
From the heart of the outback, to the remote wilderness of Tasmania, Forest Spirit is a journey of mysterious painted rocks, unexpected evil and a special secret. I invite you to join this exhilarating adventure.
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