The Secret in the Wood by S.L. Lipson

Happy Monday! 

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Also – Wish me luck today because my teammates and I are competing in our regional K’NEX STEM Challenge!  

You can read more about it HERE.

“The Challenge is designed for students in grades 4-8, to work collaboratively to research, design & build a model using K’NEX parts to meet a specific need. “

This year we had to build a “people mover” and have it go through an obstacle course. If we make it through the regionals we get to compete at the state level.

Now on to my book review! 


The Secret in the Wood

By S.L. Lipson

91 pages – ages 7+

Published by Leba House Publisher on January 13, 2014

Sara Connor doesn’t want to move out of her house. Her dad died the year before and he loved the house, putting years of work into it. Sara loves the house and all the memories. Sara doesn’t want to leave her house behind. When she finds a tree fairy in her bedroom, stuck in a wood panel on her wall, Sara is desperate to stay.  Sadly, the day she finds Althea, the tree fairy, her mother sells the house. The home’s new owners’ son, Jonathan, also saw Althea. Luckily, Sara and Jonathan come up with a plan to help Althea get back to a tree for her home. But, will it work?

This was a well-written story with a very good message of moving on. It turns out that even though Sara is trying to help the fairy, Althea really helps Sara accept what is going on in her life.  Althea is an awesome character and I love the “lore” of the tree fairies that Althea tells Sara. Jonathan is another character that the reader cares about. I like that he’s kind and understanding. The book is short (only 91 pages) but the story never felt rushed and I think it felt complete. The writing was good and the story flowed well.  I’m not super fond of the cover, but that’s a minor point. At the end of some chapters, there is an image, with a hidden image in it, which if you flip the page or click the link, it reveals the answer. The hidden pictures are layered in color – but I’m color blind so I either saw what you were supposed to right away or didn’t see what you were supposed to. 😉 There is also a little song called “Dance of the Trees” at the back of the book. The author wrote it to go along with the book.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms! fivebooks

Categories: Age 6-9

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17 replies

  1. Sounds like an interesting book, Erik. Good luck with your K’nex Stem Challenge! Will you show us what you guys end up creating?

  2. Looks like a lovely story Erik. It is so hard to move on and leave memories behind and things we are attached to. But it is a very important thing to learn, as nothing stays the same. Good luck with you challenge! 🙂

  3. I love trees and tree fairies, Erik. I look forward to reading this. Have fun with K’NEX.

  4. Lovely story and review Erik. Death or divorce is hard on kids. Then add moving from the only home they know and love really is a challenge. This sounds like a helpful book.
    Good luck on your K’NEX challenge. Sounds like fun.

  5. Good luck – hope we get to hear more about the challenge!

  6. Best of luck with your challenge! Sounds like great fun 🙂 I was on a Knowledge Bowl team in Junior High and High School. We always had a great time with that.

  7. This is such an important message. And good luck with the challenge, Erik!

  8. Trees have f-f-f-fairies?? I’m pretty sure I’m afraid of fairies. *gulp* I hope Mom doesn’t get this book.

    Love and licks,

  9. This sounds like a book with a great message about closure and moving one. It would be great to see a picture of the tree fairy on the cover. Nice review, SuperKid Erik!
    Building with K’NEX is so much fun! I’m sure you had fun competing in the challenge!

  10. Tree faeries! Interesting. I guess I’m going to have to pay more attention to my walls. Hope you did well with your KNex. Sounds like a fun challenge!

  11. I’m getting to this late, I know. Friday often ends up being a catch-all day. 🙂 The book sounds clever. I didn’t know you were color blind. For real? My brother-in-law is too. We sometimes rib him a bit when he matches black socks with blue. But all in fun. There are much more serious problems one could have. 🙂

  12. Very nice! A book with fairies. Never grows old. 🙂

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