Forest

Author Lisle, Janet Taylor.
Language English
Publisher
New York: Puffin Books, 2001




Annotation:

When twelve-year-old Amber accidentally triggers a war between humans and a community of squirrels, she finds out how similar the two species can be.



Subjects :

  • Brothers and sisters
  • Fiction
  • Dictators
  • War
  • Fantasy
  • Squirrels
  • Prejudices

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Kirkus Book Review Stars, 1993
  • A Few Good Books, 1993 Book Links
  • Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 1997 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 H.W. Wilson
  • Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, August 1993 Cahners
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 1993 Cahners

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Iowa Children's Choice Award, 1996-1997; Nominee Iowa
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award, 1995-1996; Master List Kansas

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Reading Measurement Programs:


999999
Scholastic (New York:) 1993.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 4.7
Accelerated Reader Points 5

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 9

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 700
Accelerated Reader Points


0141310952
Puffin Books (New York:) 2001.

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 9

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Reviews :

Janice Del Negro (Booklist, Oct. 15, 1993 (Vol. 90, No. 4))
The humans of Lower Forest and the squirrels of Upper Forest are at war. In the midst of the fear and jingoism propelling them toward carnage are the human Amber Padgett and the squirrel Woodbine. They alone are willing to meet halfway to avoid destruction--but Woodbine is considered a traitor, and Amber is only 12 years old. Nonetheless, both are creatures of action. Amber enlists the aid of a professor of wildlife, and Woodbine and his friends force an audience with the Elders, just in time to stop what would surely be a massacre on both sides. Lisle is dealing with big issues here--war, blind fealty, and humankind's taste for violence, to name a few--and they occasionally overwhelm the story. But Amber and Woodbine are distinct characters with an urgent sense of justice that contributes to the forward motion of the plot. With Amber's younger brother, Wendell, providing comic relief, the story is still stronger than the message. Category: Middle Readers. 1993, Orchard/Richard Jackson, $15.95 and $15.99. Gr. 4-6.
(PUBLISHER: Orchard Bks. (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1993)
From a Newbery Honor winner, the chronicle of a narrowly averted war between a society of usually peaceable squirrels and the humans who live nearby. Normally oblivious to each other, the two intersect when Amber, a spirited 12-year-old who's run away because her father smacked her for being upset at TV violence, takes refuge in a tree. She's fascinated by the squirrels' evident intelligence and chittering language; the squirrel Woodbine returns her interest, but others panic at the sight of the alien "invader" and flock to evict her. Noticing the uproar, Amber's pugnacious dad fires into it; horrified that he's almost shot his daughter, he urges neighbors to help exterminate the "mangy little pests." Meanwhile, the squirrels' elders are supplanted by a militaristic demagogue who vows to destroy the menacing humans; only Woodbine and two friends, plus Amber and her brother, imagine that the other species may be worth preserving. In separate, overlapping adventures told in alternating chapters, each brings their side back to sanity just as the conflict is escalating; and Woodbine and Amber--unbeknownst to each other--resolve to learn more about their different species. The message is delivered more directly than in The Lampfish of Twill, while the beautifully crafted language is less lyrical, more humorous here. A deftly plotted fantasy with amusing characterizations; a telling allegory of the roots of violence in ignorance. 1993, Orchard, $15.95; PLB $15.99. Starred Review. © 1993 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Orchard Bks. (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Carol Fox (The Bulletin of the Center for ChildrenÂ’s Books, January 1994 (Vol. 47, No. 5))
For generations, two towns exist, top by bottom, and no one in either town knows anything about the inhabitants of the other until Amber, a human child from Lower Forest, spends the night in a treetop inhabited by mink-tailed squirrels of the Upper Forest. Considering the child an alien and an invader, the alarmed squirrels devise a plan to harass Amber. Meanwhile, her family, particularly her father, try to figure out why she has run away again. "Amber says people have started to like killing each other. . . . She says she can hardly stand it anymore," notes her younger brother Wendell. "That's a wonderful reason to run away at five-thirty on Sunday morning," answers Mr. Padgett. The town goes out looking for her, Mr. Padgett notices a lot of squirrels and gets his shotgun, and the battle is on. The incidents of escalating violence based upon misunderstanding, mistakes, and misinformation are chronicled in alternating chapters from the point of view of the peacemakers in each society: young Woodbine of Upper Forest and Amber and her brother from Lower Forest. The plot careens from event to event and carries the young peacemakers, the addlepated adults of both societies, and the reader to an exciting ending. Lisle has created a world of innocence marked with heartache, truth infused with absurdity, and wisdom relinquished to recklessness-all in the guise of animal fantasy. R--Recommended. (c) Copyright 1994, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1993, Jackson/Orchard, 150p, $15.99 and $15.95. Grades 4-6.
(PUBLISHER: Orchard Bks. (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Janice Del Negro (Booklist, Oct. 15, 1993 (Vol. 90, No. 4))
The humans of Lower Forest and the squirrels of Upper Forest are at war. In the midst of the fear and jingoism propelling them toward carnage are the human Amber Padgett and the squirrel Woodbine. They alone are willing to meet halfway to avoid destruction--but Woodbine is considered a traitor, and Amber is only 12 years old. Nonetheless, both are creatures of action. Amber enlists the aid of a professor of wildlife, and Woodbine and his friends force an audience with the Elders, just in time to stop what would surely be a massacre on both sides. Lisle is dealing with big issues here--war, blind fealty, and humankind's taste for violence, to name a few--and they occasionally overwhelm the story. But Amber and Woodbine are distinct characters with an urgent sense of justice that contributes to the forward motion of the plot. With Amber's younger brother, Wendell, providing comic relief, the story is still stronger than the message. Category: Middle Readers. 1993, Orchard/Richard Jackson, $15.95 and $15.99. Gr. 4-6.
(PUBLISHER: Orchard Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1993)
From a Newbery Honor winner, the chronicle of a narrowly averted war between a society of usually peaceable squirrels and the humans who live nearby. Normally oblivious to each other, the two intersect when Amber, a spirited 12-year-old who's run away because her father smacked her for being upset at TV violence, takes refuge in a tree. She's fascinated by the squirrels' evident intelligence and chittering language; the squirrel Woodbine returns her interest, but others panic at the sight of the alien "invader" and flock to evict her. Noticing the uproar, Amber's pugnacious dad fires into it; horrified that he's almost shot his daughter, he urges neighbors to help exterminate the "mangy little pests." Meanwhile, the squirrels' elders are supplanted by a militaristic demagogue who vows to destroy the menacing humans; only Woodbine and two friends, plus Amber and her brother, imagine that the other species may be worth preserving. In separate, overlapping adventures told in alternating chapters, each brings their side back to sanity just as the conflict is escalating; and Woodbine and Amber--unbeknownst to each other--resolve to learn more about their different species. The message is delivered more directly than in The Lampfish of Twill, while the beautifully crafted language is less lyrical, more humorous here. A deftly plotted fantasy with amusing characterizations; a telling allegory of the roots of violence in ignorance. 1993, Orchard, $15.95; PLB $15.99. Starred Review. © 1993 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Orchard Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
In the tradition of E. B. White and George Selden, the author of Afternoon of the Elves and The Lampfish of Twill spins a fanciful animal yarn that conveys universal aspects of human nature while tracing how misguided fears lead to war. The residents of Upper and Lower Forest have led parallel, relatively peaceful lives until a 12-year-old human, Amber Padgett, unknowingly trespasses on squirrel territory when building a hide-out in a tree. As the ``mink-tails'' congregate to discuss the threat of invasion, Amber's father launches an untimely ``search-and-destroy'' mission against the squirrels. Caught in the middle of this territorial battle are Amber, her younger brother Wendell (both of whose sympathies lie with the squirrels) and two young mink-tails they have befriended. Lisle's mink-tails are as well developed as her human characters; the common frailties, vulnerabilities and strengths of the two dissimilar societies are effectively conveyed. This expertly crafted promotion of open-mindedness and tolerance is sure to hold its audience's attention. Ages 10-up. (Oct.)
(PUBLISHER: Orchard Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Carol Fox (The Bulletin of the Center for ChildrenÂ’s Books, January 1994 (Vol. 47, No. 5))
For generations, two towns exist, top by bottom, and no one in either town knows anything about the inhabitants of the other until Amber, a human child from Lower Forest, spends the night in a treetop inhabited by mink-tailed squirrels of the Upper Forest. Considering the child an alien and an invader, the alarmed squirrels devise a plan to harass Amber. Meanwhile, her family, particularly her father, try to figure out why she has run away again. "Amber says people have started to like killing each other. . . . She says she can hardly stand it anymore," notes her younger brother Wendell. "That's a wonderful reason to run away at five-thirty on Sunday morning," answers Mr. Padgett. The town goes out looking for her, Mr. Padgett notices a lot of squirrels and gets his shotgun, and the battle is on. The incidents of escalating violence based upon misunderstanding, mistakes, and misinformation are chronicled in alternating chapters from the point of view of the peacemakers in each society: young Woodbine of Upper Forest and Amber and her brother from Lower Forest. The plot careens from event to event and carries the young peacemakers, the addlepated adults of both societies, and the reader to an exciting ending. Lisle has created a world of innocence marked with heartache, truth infused with absurdity, and wisdom relinquished to recklessness-all in the guise of animal fantasy. R--Recommended. (c) Copyright 1994, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1993, Jackson/Orchard, 150p, $15.99 and $15.95. Grades 4-6.
(PUBLISHER: Orchard Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Placing Lisle ``in the tradition of E.B. White and George Selden,'' PW's starred review praised this work as ``a fanciful animal yarn that conveys universal aspects of human nature while tracing how misguided fears lead to war.'' Ages 9-12. (July)
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York: Puffin Books, 2001

Media Type: Language Material
p. cm.
PZ7.L6912 ([Fic])
0141310952
9780141310954
New York: Scholastic, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
150p.
([Fic])
0590486802
9780590486804
New York: Orchard Bks., 1993

Media Type: Language Material
176p.
([Fic])
0531086534
9780531086537
New York: Orchard Books, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
150 p. ;
PZ7.L6912 ([Fic])
053106803X
9780531068038
"A Richard Jackson book."

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