In Forest Shadows we again meet Jars Kelly and her cousin Snook, as well as a host of other characters that appeared in David's first book. Once again David skilfully blends his knowledge of aboriginal
culture with an adventure that readers won't forget. In this book there's an element of science fiction introduced together with eastern philosophy. It's a great read that had me glued until I'd finished it, in fact I read it in one sitting. And I can reveal
- without giving too much away - that the ending is not what you'd expect.
By Linda Parkinson-Hardman (Dorset, UK)
Margaret Muir Author
I just finished reading your latest book, David and really enjoyed it.
In this easy-to-read young adult novel with some paranormal elements, Jars and Snook unravel the mystery surrounding a
sackful of rocks and an ancient Chinaman.
Forest Shadows is the second book in a series about a group of school kids whose inquisitive and adventurous spirits get them
into all kinds of fixes. A real page-turner. Recommended.
forward to reading number 3.
‘Forest Shadows’ by David Laing, a children’s adventure story.
‘Forest Shadows’ picks up the story twelve months after the conclusion of ‘Forest Spirit’. In the
first book Jars, a thirteen year old girl of Aboriginal/Scottish heritage, after losing her parents in a fatal car accident near her home in Australia’s Northern Territory, moves to Tasmania to live with relatives she’s never met, from her Scottish
lineage. Together with her cousin, Snook, his friend, Quenton, and Shadow, a very smart German Shepard, they embarked on an exciting, if somewhat hazardous, adventure.
At the beginning of book two, ‘Forest Shadows’ (one year on) we find Jars and Snook accused of a crime of which they are, of course, innocent. To prove their innocence, with the help of Shadow, who is
now Jars’ dog, and a reluctant Quenton, they embark on another exciting adventure. A continuity of characters from book one, with the mystical theme also enduring, and with a hint of another kind of celestial visitor, will please readers of ‘Forest
Spirit’. ‘Forest Shadows’ however, like ‘Forest Spirit’, will also stand on its own as a children’s adventure that I’m sure will stand the test of time.
Once more David Laing’s agile imagination, as he adds to an established cast of characters, together with his ability
to convey an authentic feel to settings and possessing a moral voice that is tuned to a young audience, paints a very colourful children’s thriller/adventure, which I highly recommend.
Review by T.D.McKinnon, a Goodreads author/reviewer and the author of:
· ‘Surviving the Battleground of Childhood’
· ‘I Was A Teenage
Devil - But I’m Alright Now!’
· ‘John Farrell Is Utrinque Paratus’
· ‘Heather Skye Wilson Is The Psychic Warrior’
· ‘Terra Nullius’
· Contributing author to ‘A Tumble In Time’, a children’s story book.