Review! Leaf and Echo Peak by Jo Marshall

leaf#4Leaf and Echo Peak
Series: Twig Stories #4 (#1, 2, 3)
Written by Jo Marshall
Illustrated by D.W. Murray
258 pages – ages 8+
Published by CreateSpace on February 20, 2016

Synopsis- Leaf and the Twigs are back! Twigs are creatures made from living wood that take care of their birth tree, and are gentle, peace-loving “people”. When their entire homeland is threatened by a force that they had never even heard of, it is a desperate dash to get all of the Twigs and animals out of the forest before Echo Peak explodes and erupts with lava. Will they all make it out in time?

What I Thought- The story was good, and kept me wanting to finish the book. The characters are all realistic, and have you cheering them on as their world erupts around them (quite literally). It’s great that there are actual animals represented in the book, with Twigs being the only “unproven” existing creature. There are really neat black-and-white drawings at the beginning of each chapter that really add another dimension to the book. This is a fun story with a unique and subtle way to teach kids about environmental issues. It is able to do so without sounding preachy. It’s important for kids to be able to learn without being pushed away, and Ms. Marshall does a great job of accomplishing this. One thing that threw me off my reading rate was editing mistakes scattered throughout the book. I didn’t see this with Marshall previous books. Errors aside, the Twig Story series is a worthwhile read for kids of any age because of the book’s fun story-lines and environmental message. The book is a nice continuation of the series, and I highly recommend this book!

I give this book four out of five bookworms.fourbooks

Categories: Age 6-9

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6 replies

  1. I love books that are about ecology and climate changes or conservation. This one sounds like it would qualify. But, I do so hate sloppy editing. It’s a shame when the story is so good that the editing, or lack thereof, downgrades the book. Nice review, Erik! 🙂

  2. Thanks for the kind review, Erik! I’m glad you enjoyed the story, and more importantly considered the message important for children, especially in today’s ‘climate of change’. Best wishes. Jo

  3. Okay, this is just fabulous! I love the sound of it. Thank you so much for highlighting it!

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