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Southcrop Forest [Kindle Edition]

Lorne Rothman
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"The trees of Southcrop have made a striking discovery-one that could change the world for all their kind. But they are trapped in a forest fragment and face destruction from human sprawl. They cannot spread their new-found gift across the land.

Then Auja, a young oak, finds little Fur amongst her branches. Fur is a legendary creature not seen for a thousand years, a single intelligent being emerged from a colony of caterpillars. Fur is small and meek and slow, but can travel through the forest and talk with trees. Auja persuades the reluctant Fur to help.

Fur embarks on a desperate quest to find the source of all tree power-the mysterious Riverside Farm. Here he must gather the trees' great treasure and carry it across Oak River to the forests of Deep Sky.

Fur's long trek is fraught with peril as he races to reach Riverside Farm before it is destroyed. Ghoulish enemies hunt him while machines wreak their deadly havoc. Yet Fur's journey is one of enlightenment as he learns about the ecology of his world, the threat of the human species, and finally, the secret of his existence."

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About the Author

Lorne Rothman holds a PhD in zoology and studied ecology at the Universities of Toronto, British Columbia, and Alberta. He lives in mid-town Toronto with his wife, two daughters, and two cats under the canopy of one of the finest stands of old growth oak in the city.

Product Details

  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: iUniverse (June 25, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BJU9KY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,017,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STORY, WELL WRITTEN AND VERY INFORMATIVE! August 15, 2008
This is one of the most unique works for young people I have read for sometime now. It is a bit difficult to place a tag on this one as it incorporates several genres into one work. First it is an epic fantasy; a quest, if you will. Second, it is a very well written work addressing ecology, or as we use to call it, "natural history." There is adventure and quite fast moving adventure to be sure. The method the author uses is what I refer to as mythological story telling, much as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used in his epic poem Hiawatha. I am also reminded a bit of Tad Williams' wonderful book, Tailchaser's Song. This is the neat hook the author uses to catch the reader. While engrossed in a delightful tale of adventure, danger, "monsters" and mayhem, the reader is being completely filled with wonderful scientific facts, being taught wonderful facts concerning our environment and facts concerning a plethora of plants, animals, birds, insects and the like. So much knowledge here... and it goes down so easy! This is quite impressive.

The basic premise of the story has already been outlined in other reviews quite well, but briefly, there is a small forest in the northland that is in trouble. It has been cut off from the vast aboriginal forest that once covered most of North America. Survival is slim. At rather young oak tree, Auja, finds living amongst her branches a strange creature, a creature that has not been seen for over a thousand years. Surprisingly, Auja is able to communicate with this strange being. This information is passed to the other trees in Auja's forest and since the trees cannot move, but the creature, whose name is Fur by the way, can.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Every once in a while a new book comes along that resets the compass of writing. Lorne Rothman's tale, Southcrop Forest, sets a new standard for ecological literature.

An exciting tale about Auja, a young red oak, and Fur-- a collective conscience from a colony of tent caterpillars--Rothman has created an eco-fable as magical as a Tolkien adventure even as he teaches forest ecology. We learn about the imperiled state of the forests at the hands of "hewmans."

Auja lives in Southcrop Forest where trees retain the ability to communicate across the land through their roots, soil, and leaves--Southcrop Vision. Forests were once connected across the world and could communicate by feeling each others sensations. That was before the hewmans cut down the trees, separating forests by false rock (roads or highways) and their rapacious machines chewed down ancient trees and killed the farms that had kept them alive for eons.

As the story opens, we learn that Southcrop Forest is on the verge of destruction. Auja awakes full of hope and joy, glorying in the sunlight, when the remembrance of their doomed future makes her boughs droop. She is watching a group of fuzzy caterpillars nibbling away in her canopy when suddenly a voice speaks to her! At first Auja thinks it is her fellow trees who whisper continuously but then she realizes the voice is coming from the colony of tent caterpillars. Fur introduces herself to Auja and explains that her colony is a Rune--an ancient being that arose at a Gathering of trees and people a thousand years before.

Guide Oak, a wise being, guides Auja to engage Fur to travel to the Dark Forest (Boreal Forest) to obtain a special gift and take it to Deep Sky where it will save the forests to the north of Southcrop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting "ecofantasy" adventure August 15, 2008
If you are an environmentalist, an animal lover, or a fantasy fanatic, then Southcrop Forest is for you. Set in a forest in southern Ontario that is threatened by human sprawl, it reflects the pressure of human pollution and habitat destruction on ecosystems and, at the same time, is a very original fantasy about a legendary creature. In fact, it has created its own literary genre: ecofantasy!
In the story, trees have the ability to communicate within their forest and have emotions. However, the once-great forest of North America has been broken into fragments by human roads and cities and only the huge forest of Northern Canada remains whole. In one particular forest called Southcrop, the trees have discovered a new way of communicating they call Southcrop Vision, which allows them to share visions and emotions as well as words. Then a legendary creature, not seen in a thousand years, is rediscovered. The trees convince it to travel north so that their Southcrop Vision can improve the lives of trees everywhere. There are many hazards along the way, and the creature's life-span is about a year, making Southcrop Forest a riveting adventure and a race against time.
Extensive and detailed author's notes are included in the back of the book. They explain everything not found in the story, including modern place names, background information, historical references, his sources of information, and, above all, information about the various creatures encountered by the main characters of the story, especially about the life cycles, diets, and classifications.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and timely tale for all ages
A delightful tale with a strong message. Cycles of life in the forest told in a friendly way. How every species on earth depends on another and what that means. Read more
Published on April 4, 2010 by Betty Gelean
5.0 out of 5 stars Southcrop Forest is a winner in my book
Plants and animals have means of communicating with each other. Animals express themselves through a form of language within their own species. Read more
Published on February 25, 2010 by JeniO
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-done gem of a story
This novel is about the trees of Southcrop Forest, a forest in crisis. Reduced to little more than a forest fragment, they are hemmed in on all sides by human sprawl. Read more
Published on January 19, 2010 by Paul Lappen
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story that also educates
This book is presented as a novel but is in fact a good introduction to the interdependence of various life systems in our world. Read more
Published on November 5, 2009 by S V SWAMY
5.0 out of 5 stars Ecological Fantasy for Young and Old Alike
Auja, a young red oak tree, has discovered an amazing creature nibbling on her broadleaves - a collective of tent caterpillars that can actually speak to her! Read more
Published on August 28, 2009 by Donna Aviles
5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting little story of a young oak tree and her fight to save...
In "Southcrop Forest", we enter into a magical mythical place in which the trees can feel, see, sense, and talk. Read more
Published on August 28, 2009 by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
This is one of those books that is too short, and it is sad when you finish it. The story line is intriguing, the characters are charming, and the emotions are just right. Read more
Published on August 27, 2008 by Biology teacher
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More About the Author

Lorne Rothman was born in 1964 in Montreal, Canada. He spent most of his childhood in Toronto, back in the day when you could live in a big city, and explore fields and farmlands just beyond your front door.

It was there that his life-long interest in nature took hold, and years later carried him through the savannah and rain forests of East Africa and Madagascar, and the striking landscapes of Western Canada where he earned a Ph.D. in Ecology.

Lorne returned to Toronto where he now lives with his wife and two children. He works as a statistician most days, and writes ecological fantasy (eco-fantasy) on the side. His writing spans both fiction and non-fiction genres and reflects his desire for a full and varied life, and a more unified vision of the world--grounded in both art and science.


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