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Brigitta of the White Forest

(Faerie Tales from the White Forest #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Brigitta is a young Water Faerie from the village-nest of Tiragarrow. She's confused, moody, and anxious about going through "The Change" as she doesn't see how destiny markings on her wings should determine her life's path. A few days before the annual Festival of the Elements, Brigitta is flying an errand with Himalette, her tag-a-long sister, when a mysterious curse tur ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by En Theos Press (first published May 15th 2010)
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Danika Dinsmore
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, since I'm the author of this book, I find it hard to be objective about it.

I certainly enjoyed writing it, I love spending time with my characters and in my imaginary world, and I'm tickled any time someone new reads it . . . especially if they are not a friend or family member!
Teen fairy Brigitta watches her friends “change” as their wings receive the markings of their destinies. Each fairy is born into one of the four elements, and each fairy matures to serve the forest in a way that perfectly complements their nature—destiny aligned with free-will to build a perfect society. But Brigitta doesn’t know what she wants, and her wing markings haven’t yet begun to tell her. What she doesn’t want is pretty clear to her though. She'd rather not spend her life chasing, or ra ...more
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Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-post
Danika Dinsmore has created an amazing world in Brigitta of the White Forest. It's not an easy thing to start from scratch when world building, but Dinsmore appears to do so effortlessly, giving life to brand new creatures and settings that the reader is quickly emersed in. The White Forest is home to clans of elemental faeries, including our young heroine Brigitta. Along with her young sister, Brigitta finds herself tasked with saving the Forest and her people, embarking on an adventure she nev ...more
Christina Weigand
I really enjoyed this book. It would be a great read for middle graders. The main character and her sister are delightful characters and the bond between sisters is well written. I recommend it for those young girls ages 8-12 who like fairies and a little adventure along with a little of the battle of good and evil. I'm not sure boys would find this of interest except for the array of large frogs and caterpillars add spice to the story. A thouroughly enjoyable journey for the young and the young ...more
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
A charming story of sisters and growing up and discovering the big secrets of the older generation.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is lovely. I’m not much into fantasy but loved Brigitta of the White Forest. It introduces the young faerie, Brigitta, who is the last one of her friends to receive her destiny mark, a special marking on faerie wings. Accompanied by her younger sister, Himalette, Brigitta is forced to leave protection of her home, the White Forest to seek help from a banished faerie living in Dead Mountain after a mysterious curse turns all the inhabitants of White Forest to stone. Their journey is dan ...more
Jennifer Keller
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Detailed and descriptive. The adventures of Brigitta and her sister Himalette took me on a fantastic journey.
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Brigitta and her younger sister, Himalette, are the only two faeries in their entire village of White Forest that have not been affected by a mysterious curse. During the preparations for the annual festival, every living being in the White Forest is turned to stone. Brigitta suddenly finds herself faced with a great challenge. She doesn’t know how to reverse the curse—or where to go for help—but she knows she must do something before the magical protection around her village is destroyed. With ...more
Phaedra Seabolt
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let's start by saying that I have never read a book about fairies before. I actually wasn't sure if I would like this book at all because of that. However, it was a great book. It took a little bit to get into it because of it being about fairies, which I had no knowledge of what to expect, and because the names are all VERY unusual. You can guess that just from the title. Brigitta is the main character and her sister Himalette plays another major role. They live in the White Forest which is pro ...more
Kate Johnston
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brigitta of the White Forest is a fast-paced, fun, middle-grade novel about two faerie sisters who escape a frightening curse upon the White Forest. Brigitta and her younger sister, Himalette, travel to Dead Mountain in search of the only one that can help them—a banished faerie called Hrathgar.

Along the way, they experience many challenges including outwitting a giant caterpillar and an army of hungry frogs. The sisters meet some creatures they’re not sure they can trust, but whose help they ne
Gina -   Behind the Pages
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, 4-star
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What an imagination. Dinsmore completely captivates us in the world of the White Forest. Leaving us with brilliant imagery of the surrounding land as well as a fresh intake on a new kind of faerietale. Even though it is a middle grade novel, we don't really find out about many of the small details that pop up in the novel that would help us und
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Brigitta of the White Forest is the first books in this Fae series for Middle Grade readers. I found it to be a very interesting and unique story that could not only hold the interest of young readers, but YA and adults. It's a face paced read that only took me one day to get through, and that says a lot as I am not an extremely fast reader!

I like Fae stories as much as the next person but they sometimes have the same theme. Someone gets stolen, and finds out they are Fae, or Fae are living amon
Laurie Cameron
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When the faeries and all other living creatures in the realm turn to stone except Brigitta and her lively little sister Himalette, Brigitta determines that she has no choice but to seek the help of Hrathgar. Hrathgar lives far from the Earth Faerie Realm at Dead Mountain, where she was banished for her evil deeds. Thus the two sisters set off on a very perilous journey across an immense dry river and into the Dark Forest to find her.

Along the way, they rescue Minq, a funny little critter with ex
Elsie Hulsizer
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How refreshing to read a hero’s journey where the hero is a girl. Frodo be warned; you have a competitor!

Brigitta is a young faerie who, at the beginning of the story, is occupied by girlish problems: trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up, fitting in with giddy girlfriends and escaping a pesky young sister, Himalette. In a flash of blinding light, everything in Brigitta’s world changes. Parents, aunt, friends and even the community elders are turned to stone. Only Brigitta and
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Brigitta sees everyone around her has been marked for a specific destiny. Her father's wings have the markings of the Inventor. Her mother's of the Feast Master. Her aunt's of the Chronicler. Brigitta doesn't yet know what she will be marked for as she is awaiting her change. This is coming of age story for young adults, specifically middle schoolers, is one to embrace as you read it. It often reminded me of The Lord of the Rings since the land, the White Forest, is of importance to the fairies. ...more
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young readers, the young at heart, lovers of fantasy and the fae
Brigitta of the White Forest (Faerie Tales from the White Forest, #1) by Danika Dinsmore

Brigitta of the White Forest is a light, enchanting read.
Danika Dinsmore has created a wonderful fantasy world, for young
readers and the young at heart. A world of faeries and sprites, carnivorous caterpillars, rock dragons, deadly frogs, talking plants and more.

Brigitta and her sister Himmy are running an errand when an evil curse strikes the White Forest. It is up to these two young faeries to brave the unknown dangers of the world outside of the Forest; to save their home from destruct
Roger Eschbacher
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brigitta is a young Water Fairie on the cusp of learning what her destiny will be in the White Forest, the protected realm of her people. Will she be a Feast Master like her mother? An Inventor like her father? There's no way to tell until the proper markings show up on the tips of her wings. In the meantime, she has to deal with the types of problems facing any maturing young lady including her precocious (and often annoying) little sister who always seems to be hanging around.

One day, while fl
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Brigitta of the White Forest is a unique tale which quite frankly took me a little bit by surprise. From very early in the novel, I was taken in by Dinsmore's usage of imagery, mythology, and creativity. There is a lot here for readers to be fascinated by.

Within this novel, I found the pacing to be pretty even. I enjoyed that I was given the opportunity to view the world that Brigitta lived in and get to know her character before the action really began. Many times I found myself completely lost
AM Hazel
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow this was a really fast read for me. I couldn't put it down for one thing. It's not a heavy serious book, but I do think it's well written. It was nice to read a book that was mostly light in tone, yet engaging enough to keep me reading. Pacing of the story was good. It kept flowing along & while a bit predictable I liked the characters enough to continue. Gola the Drutan with her eyes kinda reminded me of the monster in Pan's labrinyth with its eyes on its hands. The relationship dynamics be ...more
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In a world where it is sometimes hard to tell friend from foe, two sisters race against time to save their beloved White Forest and all the faeries the love. As they journey beyond the faerie realm, Brigitta and Himalette persevere through adversity and learn to match wits against giant caterpillars, rock dragons and munshmins.

Before I opened Brigitta of the White Forest, the gorgeous cover with an ethereal blue moon caught my eye, setting the tone for the story. As I read, the White Forest came
Book Twirps
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Brigitta is a young faerie who is anxious about going through the change every teenage faerie goes through. During this change, their wings mature and display markings which determine their life path. What Brigitta doesn’t understand is why anyone has to be stuck with only one path in life.

As her village begins preparation for the annual Festival of the Elements, Brigitta and her precocious little sister Himalette are flying through the forest when a strange white light flashes over their villag
Astrid Miles
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book to give an honest review
I just love fantasy, and because of this love, I have read many different fantasy books. I feel like everyone tends to stick to a certain theme. An ordinary girl finds out she is not normal or someone goes missing and this courageous person must find them before it is too late. Thankfully, this was not one of those stories, and even though it was geared towards middle grade I found it quite captivating!

Brigitta and her little sister, Himalette, some
Lilly Era
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When everyone in the white forest gets turned to stone Brigitta and her little sister Himallete are the only fairies left to save it. On their journey they find giant caterpillars and glow worms. They meet Minq, Gola, Hrathger, mean frogs and fat frogs. Can they save the White Forest? Will they save the White Forest, and how? Well...I guess that's up to you to find out! this is my ABSOLUTE favorite book and I recommend it to just about anyone and everyone. Its just one of those great books where ...more
Esther Jones
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy a good solid quest story, where an unlikely--even unwilling--hero goes on a journey to find the talisman or magic needed to save the world. Brigitta of the White Forest is such a tale.
The writing style is engaging and professional, drawing the reader in and holding attention. The main characters, Brigitta and her little sister Himalette, are very real; they act just like real sisters. Although, I have to admit that my favourite character is Minq. I love his ears!

There's nothing re
Jennifer D. Munro
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lewis Carroll could not have done better with lovely, lyrical names for plants and animals that flow trippingly upon the tongue throughout this book. This prose writer uses poet-language in every made-up word, like munshmins, pipberries, Tiragarrow, and Hrathgar (nod to Beowulf?). I'm not a natural fan of YA fantasy, but this gem had me hooked from page one to the finish. I love the idea of the young fairy girl's "puberty" in which she waits for her life's calling to be revealed. I also love the ...more
Lisa Costantino
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Well-Crafted World

This was as delightful a read for me as it will be for my young cousins. A young hero’s journey through a Tolkienesque world of clever creatures and living landscapes, this faeries’ tale evoked both suspense and smiles. The emotions Brigitta and Himalette exhibit ring true: exasperation, annoyance, protectiveness, rivalry, and sisterly love. I loved the concept of destiny markings, wing patterns that represent a faery’s life task, and found them easy to visualize. Brigitta’s
Apr 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: personal-library

I like the characters and plot but I wanted more description, more showing. It's a wonderful quest but I was watching everything take place vs. feeling pulled in and part of the action. I've liked other faerie stories so I know it's not genre, I can't quite put my finger on it. It took me 7 months to get thru the book, highly unusual for me. I was completely loving the ending but I am not in love with the characters enough to want to read about the next adventure. I think it just might be I do
Apr 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
This isn't a genre I've ever read before. It's a children's fantasy book about 2 young fairies whose world is turned upside down when suddenly all the fairies in the kingdom are turned to stone except for them. Brigitta and her little sister, Himalette, set out on a quest to save their family and kingdom and their whole way of life. Dinsmore did a great job with imagery and fantastical dangers for the young fairies to conquer as Brigitta discovers her true identity and calling in life. ...more
Aug 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ballard-writer
I read this as part of our Ballard Writers lending library. My daughter was a connoisseur of this type of fantasy/magical/strong heroine works as a pre-teen and teen. Within that genre this is definitely above average. I really enjoyed the character of Brigitta and didn't find the plot twists to be at all obvious. Luckily I've still got a niece who will soon get to journey with Brigitta. ...more
Jennifer Lott
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was lovely to be immersed in such a complete little world. I feel I haven't experienced fairies properly before. These had everything to make them people and still lived up to my childhood daydreams. I even enjoyed reading the glossary at the back, straight through like another story. Looking forward to the next adventure - with Brigitta's new destiny markings! ...more
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Danika Dinsmore is an award-winning writer, spokenword artist, and educator living on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.

Danika currently works and plays in literary and speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. She is author of several books of poetry, a spokenword CD, and the Faerie Tales from the White Forest middle grade fantasy series.

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