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Jo Marshall lives in the Pacific Northwest near active volcanoes and old growth rainforests. She enjoys learning about climate change, reading mysteries, working puzzles, and listening to NPR. In 1986, while living in West Berlin, she earned a B.A. in German Language and Literature, and for many years, lived in the D.C. area, working as the legal assistant for two nonprofits' General Counsels at their national headquarters. She is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and Read A Book Make A Difference. She shares her royalties with conservation nonprofits. Jo resides in Snohomish, Washington.

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Leaf and the Sky of Fire

Twig Stories

Authored by Jo Marshall
Illustrated by D.W. Murray

Far to the north of a lush, ancient forest, another forest is dying - infested by swarms of bark beetles. There, a family of impish, stick creatures called Twigs are forced to hide in a cave, or be devoured by the ravenous barkbiters. In the South Forest, a young Twig named Leaf hears of their plight, and attempts a foolhardy rescue. But instead, Leaf leads them into even greater danger. Now they are pursued by barkbiters and fire! Still, the desperate Twigs have courageous companions. Three loyal salamanders and a fearless, misplaced chameleon guard the Twigs during their escape over a barren ridge. In their darkest moments, a spirit bear stalks them. And the barkbiters are relentless as they swarm after the Twigs. Soon the firestorm panics all the forest creatures! But there is one passage south, if only the Twigs discover it in time!

Twigs live in a fragile world of old forests and magnificent glaciers threatened by climate change, yet Twigs stick together to survive!

Royalties are shared with wildlife protection and climate change research nonprofits.

Twig stories are illustrated by D.W. Murray, an award-winning Disney artist. His credits include Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, and Curious George. He is a recipient of the New York Society of Illustrators Gallery and the 2004 Gold Aurora Award.

Publication Date:
145630092X / 9781456300920
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Juvenile Fiction / Nature & the Natural World / Environment

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