Forest Shadows written by David Laing
Published by JoJo Publishing
Forest Shadows is about a weekend like no other in the lives of Snook Kelly and his cousin, Jars (Jacinta) Kelly, and slightly estranged friend, Quenton Quigley. Just before the weekend begins, Snook and Jars are accused of stealing crystals from a shop they had visited for school research. Then, while they’re trying to work out what to do about that, Quenton arrives at their house with a piece of paper that had fallen out of a book and that bears a riddle suggesting a treasure hunt. The book belongs to Quenton’s father who is in jail and is about to be released.
A shortage of lobster in the local waters is one reason the three suddenly end up in a shack in the bush near Strahan. They are accompanied by Reg, a friend who used to be the local ranger.
They also are accompanied by two shadows who have the potential to be aliens. And, surprisingly, they are secretly followed by Quenton’s father and his not-so-trusty criminal friends.
The story keeps moving nicely, jumping from one situation to another and progressing forward in such a way that the reader will not want to put it down. There were a few areas that are a little untidy in regards to editing but Forest Shadows has a great storyline and brilliant development of characters.
Forest Shadows has a main theme. It is that everyone has a strength, a gift, regardless of heritage or history and this gift often only shows itself when tough circumstances strike.
This book would appeal to kids from middle grade upwards who’ve read books like Carole Wilkinson’s Dragon Keeper series.
CKT Book Reviewer