Beyond the Birch + Giveaway
Long ago, faeries were banished from the land after a legendary battle. So long ago that many wonder if faeries really exist or if the battle was just a tall tale. But one mysterious night, Macy’s mother is attacked, and ever since, unusual things start happening. Missing items, changing moods, and most strange of all, the family’s sheep, Slip, takes an unnerving interest in Macy.
This feeling was deeper than her usual love and concern for animals--she [Macy] knew Slip was acting strangely for a reason. She just needed to figure out why.
Her mother is suddenly determined to get rid of the sheep, and Macy suspects that the reason may be sinister. When Macy meets a boy her age, the aloof and sarcastic Jay, they embark on a journey to discover the truth and save her mother. In this twist on The Wonderful Birch, you won’t find kings, queens, or evil stepmothers. Instead, you’ll find two courageous pre-teens from the outskirts, ready to defend Odele from the magical forces that threaten it.
Author Torina Kingsley masterfully creates a world where things aren’t always as they seem. Beyond the Birch is an imaginative spin on an old folktale that reminds us all to hold our loved ones close and always believe in own our capabilities.
While, these books may be geared towards the younger readers, they can be enjoyed by the adult audience as well. What I love the most about Torina is that she creates magical twists on forklore stories. For example, this one is based on The Wonderful Birch, a Finnish/Russian forklore tale.
I instantly liked Macy. She has a warm personality and it showed when she and Jay bonded quickly. Jay had no choice but to open up. These two make a good pair. Which was good as they needed to work together if they were going to defend their hometown from the fairies. Come join in for a book that is sure to delight all readers on this magical reading journey filled with friendship, mayhem, and intrigue.