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Whispers of Trees Book Tour

BeachBoundbooks is pleased to be coordinating a Review Tour for the children’s adventure Whispers of Trees by Ben Woodard from April 4 – April 25, 2016.
 
Whispers of Trees

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 Whispers of Trees cover

About the Book

Title: Whispers of Trees
Author: Ben Woodard
Genre: Children’s Multicultural Adventure
Number of Pages: 57
Publisher: Miller-Martin Press
Publication Date: March 15, 2016

Synopsis: An ancient forest, a dark night, a strange woman—and whispers.

What is going on in this eerie Irish forest? Ten-year-old Declan has to find out. His brother is missing and only he can solve the mystery. But why him? He doesn’t even like his always-yelling brother who his sister says was eaten by wolves. But there are no wolves in Ireland.

Then a witch-like woman tells him the two of them have to go into the spooky woods to save his brother. But from what? The strange trees only whisper the answer and he must discover what they are trying to tell him. But he will learn much more than he ever dreamed.

Whispers of Trees is a fun, page-turning thriller hinting of myth that delivers a multicultural adventure.

This is the second book in the Mythic Adventures Collection. The first book is The Boy Who Flew With Eagles. You can preview it here:
The Boy Who Flew With Eagles

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My Review

Whispers of Trees really is a page-turner, a beautifully penned tale of fantasy, mystic folklore and thrills. I actually read it twice, to make sure to be as objective as possible for this review. I love the eerie ambiance and the descriptions of the woods of Ireland. I’ve been there, and it’s not hard to know how the idea of faeries and magical folk came about. The tale, infused with the green-magic of ancestral Celt Druids, is a very enjoyable read. However, I feel that having the entire story told from a narrator point of view takes away from the inner realizations of our lead character, Declan — a 10 year-old boy who is trying to understand himself and his family too. I also believe my main problem with the book is the fact that the main conflict doesn’t seem too dire, and its solution too easy and abrupt. A teacher of mine used to say, “Give your audience what they want, but not the way they expect it,” and this is exactly the problem with this particular story.  We have characters saying what is happening to them, but I can’t see or feel the change in them, if that makes sense.

Whispers of Trees is a good read for kids 9 to 13. I’m sure they’ll be drawn to the spooky descriptions and initial mystery of the disappearing brother, without the book ever being too scary for them to lose sleep.

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About the Author: Ben Woodard

Ben is an adventurer and storyteller who has traveled the world including climbing on Mt. Everest. He now writes adventure stories for boys and girls. Tales of lost gold and river caves, and flying with eagles. Stories of friendship that endure through adversity and danger. Adventures that inspire and educate and, most of all, entertain.

For more information about Ben, please visit BooksByBen.com.

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Blog Tour Giveaway

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 Prize: One winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card or $50 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice Giveaway ends: April 25, 2016, 11:59 pm, 2015 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author Ben Woodard and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.


About Erika

Worked in film and TV for several years before having my two wonderful children. Now I try to bring that creative input into my home to raise my kids. Hope you enjoy following this journey!
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4 Comments

  1. Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks

    Thank you for your insightful review. So happy to have you on the blog tour.

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