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Brigitta of the White Forest (Faerie Tales from the White Forest) Paperback – March 1, 2011

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Danika Dinsmore has been working and playing with children in a variety of settings for almost twenty years. She co-created Washington State s first youth poetry slam and developed a curriculum guide for teaching poetry in the schools. She also produced the Seattle Poetry Festival s Emerging Voice spokenword program for teens. She has worked as an artist-in-the-schools for Learning Through the Arts and has taught writing courses at Vancouver Film School, Capilano University, and Creative Writing for Children. Her awards include the Washington State Poets Association award for Performance Poetry and the Best Fresh Voice Screenwriting Award from the Female Eye Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Series: Faerie Tales from the White Forest (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: en theos press (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975404296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975404294
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,853,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brigitta is a young faery of the White Forest, a oasis of safety in a wide, threatening world. Her concerns are familiar: attempting to impress the cool older fairies; wondering what she'll be when she grows up; and trying not to let Himalette, her younger sister, drive her completely insane.

Just days before the Forest's Hourglass of Protection is reset for another cycle, Brigitta chases after the troublesome Himalette. A sprite casts a spell that tints them both blue just before a blinding light flashes through the trees. The sisters soon discover that all creatures in the White Forest, except themselves, have turned to stone. Worst of all, the sands of the Hourglass have nearly run out. If the faery Elders can't be restored in time to conduct the necessary ritual, the White Forest will cease to be.

The sisters' only hope is to traverse the dangerous Dark Forest in search of Hrathgar, a faery banished long ago for an unknown, unspeakable crime. Will the faeries learn to work together? Will their quest be completed in time? And will Brigitta figure out, not only who she is, but who she's meant to become?

No, I'm not going to tell you. You have to read the book.

First, how much do I love this cover? It is absolutely stunning, as are, I've discovered, all the works of artist Julie Fain. In full awareness that I'm a total geek, I'm seriously tempted to purchase several prints to give to my friends and/or hang in my office. This cover will sell Brigitta of the White Forest all by itself.

I was very impressed by depth of imagination represented in this book. The fairies of the White Forest have history, mythology, culture, and class structure.
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I enjoyed this, as an adult who reads YA fiction, but I did feel it's written at two very different levels. The first section is all sweet fairy world that 7yo good reader would get on with well, but then when it gets dark at the end it really gets quite dark and almost gruesome in parts. Which some 7 year olds would also love - just something to be aware of.
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Brigitta embarks on a bold journey to save her realm from the mysterious curse that has turned all the other faeries to stone. Accompanied by her sister Himalette, the only other who was spared the curse, the two leave the protection of the White Forest to seek help from a faerie banished to Dead Mountain long ago. What ensues is a grand adventure filled with menacing beasts and ominous danger. But with the help of some unlikely allies, the two might just be able to save the day.

The author does a lot of world building in this first volume, and thoughtfully included a lexicon at the end to further elaborate on the intricate details of this magical realm. It's indeed written with a young adult audience in mind, though learning the complexities of an entirely new world may be a bit intimidating to less experienced young readers.

One thing that disappointed me slightly is that I never fully connected with the main characters, even though I liked them well enough. While the author was wonderfully detailed in constructing this beautiful faerie realm, I didn't feel that same depth extended to the characters. Instead I felt more like a comrade traveling alongside them, never really experiencing the wonder of the land through their eyes, or feeling what they felt. Lacking that, I lost a level of intimacy and immersion that I often experience with other fantasy novels. I saw an Amazon reviewer mention a similar sentiment and noted that Ms. Dinsmore comes from a background in script writing, which probably explains this somewhat. In any case, I'm hoping to see the author gain her stride in later volumes and let us live this magical world more fully through her characters.
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Brigitta and her younger sister, Himalette, are the only two faeries in their entire village of White Forest that have not been affected by a mysterious curse. During the preparations for the annual festival, every living being in the White Forest is turned to stone. Brigitta suddenly finds herself faced with a great challenge. She doesn't know how to reverse the curse--or where to go for help--but she knows she must do something before the magical protection around her village is destroyed. With a great responsibility weighing on them, Brigitta and Himalette start their journey to Dead Mountain, where they hope to find help from the banished faerie, Hrathgar.

Along the way to Dead Mountain, Briggita and her sister encounter many dangers and make new friends. Together, Brigitta, Himalette, and Minq (a character that seems to resemble Jar Jar Binx from StarWars) head off to Dead Mountain. When they get there, they meet Hrathgar. Brigitta and Himalette are mesmerized by her kindness and can't seem to understand why she has always been described as evil in the stories of faerie lore. Minq is not so easily impressed by Hrathgar's innocent appearance. Through several twists and turns of events, the young faeries quickly learn that everything is not what it appears to be. Hrathgar is actually two separate people! Hrathgar Good (the faerie they first meet) and Hrathgar Evil (the faerie from the stories) are split personalities that share the curse from ancient times. Brigitta and her friends find themselves faced with an even more difficult challenge: they have to end the curse on their village and defeat Hrathgar Evil. But they aren't sure if they are capable of destroying such a powerful faerie all by themselves.

I must start off saying that this book was great!
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