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Forest Born

by Shannon Hale

Bloomsbury USA | August 25, 2009 | Hardcover

Forest Born is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.

Rin is sure that something is wrong with her.something really bad. Something that is keeping her from feeling at home in the Forest homestead where she's lived all her life. Something that is keeping her from trusting herself with anyone at all. When her brother Razo returns from the city for a visit, she accompanies him to the palace, hoping that she can find peace away from home. But war has come to Bayern again, and Rin is compelled to join the queen and her closest allies--magical girls Rin thinks of as the Fire Sisters--as they venture into the Forest toward Kel, the land where someone seems to want them all dead. Many beloved Bayern characters reappear in this story, but it is Rin's own journey of discovering how to balance the good and the bad in herself that drives this compelling adventure.

Once again, Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale brings readers to a world where great friendships, unexpected plot twists, and a little dose of magic make for incredible storytelling.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.1 in

Published: August 25, 2009

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1599901676

ISBN - 13: 9781599901671

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as the others, but still really enjoyed it. 3.75 stars This is the 4th book in Hale's Bayern series of books (beginning with The Goose Girl). Forest Born focuses on Razo's little sister, Rin. Rin was born and grew up in the forest and seems to have an affinity for trees. But, when she's 15, she does something to change that and suddenly she doesn't feel like she fits in in the forest anymore. Razo suggests she come to live in the city with him and the queen of Bayern for a while, as one of the queen's waiting women. Unfortunately, there is something wrong in Bayern and a bunch of them must go find out what is going on and fix it before it's too late. This was still enjoyable, although I don't think I liked this one as much as the others in the series. It is fun to revisit the characters, though, and I am still hoping there will be another book focusing on Conrad, although I'm not sure if she is done the series or if she is planning to do more on other characters or not.
Date published: 2011-12-15

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Forest Born

Forest Born

by Shannon Hale

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.1 in

Published: August 25, 2009

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1599901676

ISBN - 13: 9781599901671

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Rin is sure that something is wrong with her.something really bad. Something that is keeping her from feeling at home in the Forest homestead where she's lived all her life. Something that is keeping her from trusting herself with anyone at all. When her brother Razo returns from the city for a visit, she accompanies him to the palace, hoping that she can find peace away from home. But war has come to Bayern again, and Rin is compelled to join the queen and her closest allies--magical girls Rin thinks of as the Fire Sisters--as they venture into the Forest toward Kel, the land where someone seems to want them all dead. Many beloved Bayern characters reappear in this story, but it is Rin's own journey of discovering how to balance the good and the bad in herself that drives this compelling adventure.

Once again, Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale brings readers to a world where great friendships, unexpected plot twists, and a little dose of magic make for incredible storytelling.

About the Author

Shannon's mother says she was a storyteller from birth, jabbering endlessly in her carriage as the two strolled through the neighborhood; once she could form complete sentences, she made up stories, bribing her younger siblings to perform them in mini plays. When she was ten, she began writing books, mostly fantasy stories where she was the heroine, and she continued writing secretly for years while pursuing acting in stage and improv comedy. After detours studying in Mexico, the U. K., and Paraguay, Shannon earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Utah and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. In the interim, she submitted short stories and novels to magazines and publishers, saving all her rejection letters which she has since laminated into one continuous 60-foot roll which she proudly unfurls to audiences as a testament to her dedication and determination.

Since the publication of her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003, Shannon has become a beloved author to young readers as well as booksellers and educators. Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and is a The New York Times, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. Shannon has also written two books for adults, Austenland and The Actor and the Housewife. Shannon lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, Dean, their children, and their pet, a small plastic pig.

www.shannonhale.com

Editorial Reviews

One of the best things about this book is that all of Hale's heroines have a chance to shine... They're feminine, caring, supportive, and yet, when the need arises, fierce and powerful. Yet, put them all together and they are truly forces to be reckoned with. The best parts of the book are when Isi, Enna, and Dasha work together, and then when they realize what Rin has to offer them, they include Rin in their ring of power, where Rin is least comfortable, yet most needed.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17