Title: Whisper Of The Woods
Series: Juniper Sawfeather Book 2
Author: D.G. Driver
Publisher: Fire & Ice Young Adult
Published Date: November 21, 2015
Page Count: 235
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?
Like Driver's previous book, we are taken on June's journey to save the world one cause at a time. Last time we followed June as she saved mermaids from becoming extinct and now we watch as she tries to save a tree that seems to have some mythical magic. The story behind the tree is laced with Native American legends. Combining with the legends, Driver gives us a story that is entertaining and thought provoking. Driver takes a risk in writing a story that is about environmental awareness. She does a great job with it by mixing it with the entertaining storyline.
In this installment, June is working more by herself to prevent the tree from being cut down. Her dad is trying to help but June is basically working alone. She is considered an outcast, a laughing stock because of the backlash with the mermaids. As we read her story, we see her struggling even more to find her place. It's hard because she lives in her parents' shadow and is deemed a liar by everyone. She is drawn to the tree and feels that she needs to save it. The magic that surrounds the tree has plans for her and it plays on her insecurities. We watch June fight to prove that she is more than what others think.
I love seeing the evolution of a character and in each book we see that with June. She becomes more mature and comfortable in her own skin as we progress. I also like that the issues that the author addresses are not in your face, they are subtle throughout. Driver has done a fantastic job in this series. She gives us characters we want to read about and stories that entertain us. You can tell that she pours her whole heart into the book as you read it. It is a pleasure to be given a chance to read this series and i look forward to more books in the future.
5 out of 5 Stars!!
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