A rhotosaurus, a phantom kid, a ghost mountain and a Bushman Extraordinaire, called Reginald Blowhard, all come together to form David Laing’s latest tale, ‘Forest Secrets’,the third book of his trilogy for young adults.
The protagonist is a young Aboriginal girl called Jars, who, along with her faithful dog, Shadow and her tearaway cousin,
Snook, embark on an adventure neither will forget. On an impulse, they enter the Cray Bay photographic competition, which takes them to the Gorge Camping Ground. And that’s when their plans are shattered – by an eerie and sudden darkness
that come over the gorge.
But that’s not all – they are visited by a cheeky possum called Charlie,
their bothersome camping companion, Reginald Blowhard finds himself in strife in lots of ways and, along the way, our heroes just happen to discover The Find of the Century.
Laing’s new novel, like his other books in the ‘Forest’ trilogy, stands on its own but is a perfect companion, not to be missed, lovely
but spooky adventure story for young readers.