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About the author:
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 & the Rushing Waters

Twig Stories

Authored by Jo Marshall
Illustrated by Mr. D. W. Murray

When a melting glacier bursts through an ice dam, the Rushing Waters river is set loose on an old growth forest. The flood surrounds an ancient tree, where impish, stick creatures - the Old Seeder Twigs - are stranded. Their fate is tied to an enormous, sinister beaver named Slapper - the chomper colony leader. A young Twig named Leaf and his fearless friend Rustle fly on a gigantic leaf over dangerous grasslands seeking help from the fearsome Slapper. Unexpectedly, jittery chipmunks and a mysterious Twig stranger join the perilous mission, and offer protection. Still, the journey proves far more treacherous than imagined, and their chance to rescue Leaf's tree home fades.

Time is growing very short. The Old Seeder is drowning. A goliath beaver must build a mighty dam, but will he even try?

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 nature conservancy nonprofits that protect wildlife and forests.

Twig stories are illustrated by D.W. Murray, a 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:
1461135788 / 9781461135784
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White with Bleed
Related Categories:
Juvenile Fiction / Nature & the Natural World / Environment

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