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Into That Forest

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,387 ratings  ·  262 reviews
Two girls.
Two tigers.
Four years in the wild.

Two girls survive a terrible flood in the Tasmanian bush and are rescued by a pair of Tasmanian tigers who raise them in the wild. Their story of survival is remarkable, as they adapt to the life of the tiger, learning to hunt and to communicate without the use of human language. When they are discovered and returned to civilizat
Hardcover, 162 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Amazon Children's Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I wavered on what to rate this book. I ended up going with 5 stars because this book for me was exactly that. Hannah and Becky get to have a "spend the night" which is rare because the area where Hannah lives in Tasmania is remote. Hannah's parents take the girls on a picnic/boat ride. During the ride a storm comes up and the girls end up alone.

They are taken in by a couple of Tasmanian tigers. (I had no clue about these animals before this book. They carry their young in their pouches similarl
A peculiar book inspired by a purportedly true (and very peculiar) story from another continent. Two young girls, aged about six and seven, are stranded in a storm and adopted by a pair of Tasmanian Tigers, living with them in a forest cave for several years.

The story is told in broken English by the older of the two in her old age. She begins:

“Me name be Hannah O’Brien and I be seventy-six years old. Me first thing is an apology—me language is bad cos I lost it and had to learn it again. But
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Now seventy-six years old, Hannah O'Brien puts pen to paper to tell the story of her unique childhood: when she was just six years old, a tragedy leaves her and a friend, seven-year-old Becky, lost and alone in the bush. They are rescued by a female Thylacine - a Tasmanian Tiger - who takes them back to her den where her mate is. For about four years they live in harmony with the pair of Thylacines, learning to hunt and communicate through grunts and yawns - the distinctive wide-open mouth. Hann ...more
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Warning: this book will break your heart.

In college, as a sociology minor and over all sociology groupie bum, I became aware and a little obsessed with the happening of feral children. There were cases of children who had been locked in one room for all their developmental years, knew nothing of language or social interaction, and later, either their remains were found, or they were rescued and the long process began of assimilating these children back into society. There were cases of children
Dec 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
So the in general story, two girls are marooned away from civilization in Tasmania and taken in by a couple of "tigers" (pretty sure they don't mean tigers like the rest of the world thinks of tigers, as they also refer to them as Tasmanian Tigers and Dingos, but they are never very clear) who help them survive in the wild for four years. After they are re-claimed by humanity, the story follows their struggles in re-learning how to be people.

So a couple of reviewers have hit on two of my issues

Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s strange to think that, under the right conditions, humans can revert back to the wild state our ancestors worked so hard to detach civilised society from. After all, we still have the tools; keen eyesight and hearing, a decent sense of smell and a predators’ ability to problem solve, we just fail to utilise them, or simply employ them in different ways. And regressing to the wild-side is exactly what happens in Into That Forest; stranded in the Tasmanian wilderness, two young girls, Hannah ...more
There have been plenty of plot summaries of this book, some describing this story in a repulsive, disgusted sort of sense as if the book itself presented a threat on some very visceral level, while choosing to ignore content altogether and instead seemed preoccupied with the author's writing style and chose not to finish the book but rated it anyway, a practice I personally don't hold with. How can you fully assess a books merits if you've jumped ship? I choose to file these books as abandoned ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Pages read: 25

Nope. I cannot. This book is not my thing on so many levels. The premise made me think of Life of Pi which I loved, but, sadly, I hadn't seen a sample of the writing.

Insurmountable obstacles between me and Into That Forest:

1. Dialect - alone, this might not have been a dealbreaker. It seems decently well done here, but it's not my favorite style ever, and slows my reading significantly, since I mentally edit.

2. There are no chapters. I like having regular breaks to process and put
I read Into That Forest by Louis Nowra at the end of April because I wanted a short book that I could read in one day. I never imagined what a powerhouse it would be when I picked it up. I also didn't know anything about Tasmania, the setting of this novel. I learned for the first time that it's an island off the coast of Australia. I hadn't heard of the award winning Australian author Louis Nowra either. This shows that I'm woefully ignorant about Australia and Australian writers. I hope to rem ...more
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This was an unusual book. Easily read in a single sitting, it spins the tale of two little girls taken in and raised by a pair of Tasmanian tigers. It illustrates the remarkable resilience of the spirit as well as the ability to revert to pure animal behavior in order to survive.

The story was sad, as it almost had to be. The dialect may put off some readers, but it fit the storyline and was not difficult to follow. As a rule, I am not into cover art, but this one is particularly striking.

Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-mg
After a boating accident in Tasmania, 2 young girls--Hannah and Becky--are stranded in the bush. But they're soon tigers. For the next four years they live with two tigers, learning how to hunt and speak the tiger language. Meanwhile, they forget much of what it means to be human. Hannah narrates this experience of being raised by tigers from the future, in dialect.

Overall, it's a good read, though it just didn't move me overmuch. Not for any particular reason, though.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, fiction, ya
Into That Forest is about two girls who get lost in the wilderness and 'adopted' by a pair of Tasmanian tigers — an animal that is now extinct but really more like a wolf than a tiger.Told in Hannah's broken English, the voice is easy to understand and vividly written.

Hannah is only 6 years old when she's lost, so over the next 4 years, she and her friend Becky go feral living with the tigers, shedding their clothes, moving on all fours, and learning to grunt and growl like the animals. As a ve
Harish Konda
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was heart breaking and beautiful story about love, freedom, survival.....two girls(hannah and B E K C Y), one forest, one bond(tasmani tigers), forever, after tragic accident, they are left , to eat, to hunt, to survive....after 70 years, hannah the youngest ready to tell story, the sad ending totally believable story....
Vincent Ripley
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have read any of my previous posts, then you will have seen that I've been very fortunate to read some cracking books at this start of this new year, already. Yet again (if this book is anything to go by) then we are in for another feast of delight. It would be fair to say that I was not expecting this book - it was a very delightful surprise. In fact I knew nothing about it, or the author, until it arrived on my doorstep. Therefore, I would like to send a big thank you to Egmont for send ...more
SJH (A Dream of Books)
'Into That Forest' was a wonderful book, unlike anything else I've ever read before. The story takes the reader on an incredible journey through the Tasmanian outback with friends Hannah and Becky. Thoughts of this book lingered with me long after turning the final page and I'm looking forward to passing it onto others who haven't yet discovered such an amazing title.

The story is narrated by seventy-six year old Hannah, who is looking back on her early life. Nothing could prepare me for the tal
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a book. This was by far one of the most unusual books I have ever read. Louis Nowra certainly deserves his standing in the Australian literary landscape. I was completely drawn in to the world of Hannah and Rebecca - after a slow start. This book kind of creeps up on you like a stalking thylacine, and that is as it should be.

Hannah and Becky, awkward friends, lost and alone after a shipping accident, are washed up on a strange shore and are cared for by a family of Tasmanian Tigers, D
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have held onto my fascination with feral children for quite a number of years now. And any time I hear of a new non-fiction or fiction title that discusses the topic, I eagerly scoop it up. This new YA book from Amazon’s Children’s Publishing house is no exception. It takes place in Tasmania, Australia during an undisclosed year and centers around the story of two young girls taken in by a pair of the now extinct Tasmanian tigers.

From its very first pages, the story is immediately one that ful
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This is a story told by Hannah, a 70-something-year-old lady, about how when she was 6 years old, she and her friend, Becky, survived a terrible storm while on a boat with her parents. The two girls wander the forest and come upon a Tasmanian tiger. It appears that the tiger wants the girls to follow her and after some initial hesitation, they do. The tiger leads them to her lair where her male counterpart is waiting. The two girls are "adopted" by the tigers and as the years go on (four in tota ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I straight up admit I am a sucker for these kinds of stories even if they're badly written. But this one is NOT badly written - it's very well-told. There's no navel-gazing here - it's a straightforward tale of death, survival, and events most people would consider insanely wild and unlikely. Hannah is a pragmatic protagonist with a clear-eyed, unsentimental view of her world and the events she survives.

I had to Google Tasmanian tigers. They are not what Westerners think of when they think tiger
Rebecca Rosenblum
I wasn't crazy about this book--though I really did think Nowra wrote well about the tigers, who were vivid characters--but I'm writing this mainly because it is marketed as a children's book and it has a lot of disturbing stuff that I, as a 38-year-old, had some trouble with, so I worry about kids reading it. I'm not a parent, so maybe it's fine, but vulnerable children watch parents or parental figures die horribly a total of 5 times by my count, in addition to lots of other gory bits. So take ...more
Amanda O'Shea
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book because it was unique. Two girls are separated from their families and are taken into care by a pair of Tasmanian Tigers. The voice in this story, told through the first person viewpoint, was earthy and engaging. Tasmanian history was cleverly woven into the story providing readers with information about Tasmanian Tiger Hunts and whaling. This story was a refreshing read and would appeal to both boys and girls for different reasons.
Renee Hall
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Doesn't exactly add anything new to the wild-children trope, but the style of narration, and the fact that there are two children involved instead of just one, kept me interested in what might happen next. While there are the usual themes of civilization versus savagery (and which categories humans and animals fall into at times), the story strikes me as really about the girls' bond with each other, even more so than the bond they have with their adoptive animal family.
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
So this book actually has 232 pages but on goodreads its different. Anyway i am surprised and loved this book, you really do get into the world. One thing that was different about this book is that the writing is so unique, its like the character from the beginning is telling then story but instead of using my she uses me. Once you read it you will get what u am talking about. A big big recommendation to everyone out there, who is a fan of animals.
Alison Condliffe
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australian, personal, ya
One of the most original books I have ever read. The story of two girls saved and living with Tasmania tigers sounds far fetched but when I was reading it I became so involved. Another view on the brutal history of Tasmania but also a very moving book. I read this in a morning as I had to know what happened.
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not the greatest book I've ever read. I could've done with less crudeness, and the story was quite depressing. I did, however, feel compelled to read it, and it was okay. Very different!
Ofelia Martinez
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Animals feel too. And you will cry. A lot.
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was good as I like this sort of book and it drew me in from the first page
Book Rating: PG-13

Language: PG-13 (Multiple uses of sh*t and b*tch, the only two that really stood out)

Sex: PG (The girls witness a man doing “something rude” to himself. They witness the tigers mating. A man exposes himself to a young girl several times over)

Violence: PG-13 (Grisly descriptions of killing animals and blood lust as the tigers and girls tore into carcasses. Whaling descriptions)

Drugs/Alcohol: G

I wanted to like this book. I really did. I spent money on it even when I told mysel
“We were lost, and the only thing that could help us were the tiger. And she reckoned she had no choice but to follow that creature she thought might be a vampire that would drink our blood.” (Pg. 18)

When reading I think it is imperative to switch around and not get to fixated on a genre, an author or subject and so I jumped straight into this one set right in the heart of Tasmania --totally out of my comfort zone but I was intrigued by the title alone and then the back cover promised a story ab
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Louis Nowra (born 12 December 1950) is an Australian writer, playwright, screenwriter and librettist. His most significant plays are Così, Byzantine Flowers, Summer of the Aliens, Radiance, and The Golden Age. In 2007 he completed the The Boyce Trilogy for Griffin Theatre Company, consisting of The Woman with Dog's Eyes, The Marvellous Boy and The Emperor of Sydney. Many of his plays have been fil ...more

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