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After a tragic explosion causes Lenora to lose her family, she goes to live with her estranged uncle at his estate. There, Lenora is drawn to the nearby woods and the magic she discovers within them. Can this magic reunite her with her family, or is it more sinister than she realizes?

Twelve-year-old Lenora's world is turned upside down after an explosion makes her the lone
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Expected publication: September 17th 2019 by Yellow Jacket
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Mandy Stallard
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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After suffering an unimaginable loss, Lenora is forced to move in with her uncle Richard, a man she has never even met. Lenora's father never told her about his brother or their childhood home, which happens to be a mansion, so imagine her shock when she sees her new home for the first time. All uncle Richard asks of Lenora is that she not enter the east wing of his home where he does his work, and she must never go into the woods. The woods behind his home are a dangerous place, but he won't ex ...more
M.L. Little
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#kidlitexchange #partner: The Woods by R.L. Toalson. Releases September 17th through @littlebeebooks. #beeareader🐝
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I plowed through the nearly 500 pages remarkably fast considering work and school consume about 90% of my time. Like a retelling of The Secret Garden, The Woods gives us the story of a newly-orphaned girl, Lenora, going to live with her strange and distant uncle in a huge, mysterious mansion. STAY OUT OF THE WOODS is the only rule...but how can she, when the woods are so bea
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Nia Dragin
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Woods is a compelling novel that follows Lenora as she tries to navigate her way through the devastation that has left her an orphan. Moved to a strange new place with her estranged uncle, Lenora is learning to find a way to make peace with the grief that threatens to break her spirit.

This story is a mature read that is perfectly paced to engage readers. The chapters are short and sweet, formatted in a way that works to enchant readers. Lenora's voice is relatable and compelling, it is young
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Sandy O'Brien
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The only thing that can heal sorrow is time. And even then... it does not always heal straight. It sometimes heals crooked.”

What would you do if everyone you loved was here one day and gone the next? That’s exactly what happened to 12 year old Lenora.

She is swept away by her peculiar Uncle Richard to his manor in Nacogdoches. An uncle that she has never met or even heard of before. He warns her to not go into the woods, but they seem to be calling her name every night.

Will she give into the woo
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Karen McKenna
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As another reviewer mentioned, the advanced reading copy of this book is quite long at 465 pages. However, the print is a good size, lines are double spaced, and chapters are short and engaging. I was amazed at how quick of a read this turned out to be and how much I wanted to keep going at the end of each chapter. Because of that, any emerging readers that give it a chance will hopefully be surprised at how quickly they devour this story.

The publisher recommends for 12 and up and I would recom
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Katie Reilley
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Huge thanks to the author and publisher for sharing an ARC with our #bookexpedition group!

Set in the 1940s, this feels like a historical fiction mystery thriller. Twelve year old Lenora’s world is shattered when an explosion rocks her Texas town. With nowhere to go, her estranged Uncle Richard comes to get her and bring her to the family’s enormous Manor. Uncle Richard is a man of Science and spends most of his time working on something private in the east wing of his home. Lenora is left mostl
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Anne O'Brien Carelli
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher Little Bee/Yellow Jacket Books for sharing the ARC of this remarkable book. The story is compelling, the writing is beautiful, and that cover! Middle Grade readers will be pulled in right away. There's mystery and drama, but magic, as well. It does deal with grief - loss is a strong theme - but I love the way the author has handled the emotions. Highly recommended grade 5+.
Evelyn
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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*3.5 stars

Full review on blog soon!
Melinda
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
After suffering unthinkable loss, Lenora goes to live with an estranged uncle, her father's brother Richard. Richard, a scientist, conducts constant research and experiments in an effort to deal with his own overwhelming grief. Lenora, against all rules, goes into the woods when she's called to them.
This novel is set after the 1947 Texas City explosions. It's a great mix of historical fiction and fantasy. In places, it feels like The Secret Garden but is in no way a copy of it. While there are
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Kristin Crouch
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author and publisher for providing Collabookation an ARC to review.
The Woods opens on Lenora's birthday, a day that is supposed to be spent playing hooky with her parents, without any siblings to mess it up. When sibling after sibling falls ill, Lenora is sent to school all alone. Then her life is changed completely.
This book caused that wonderful feeling: wanting to rush through the story to know what happens while simultaneously trying to slow down to enjoy every line, paragr
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Sami
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
A Secret Garden-esque tale with touches of Labyrinth, The Woods follows a young girl named Lenora as she is sent to a mysterious manor in the aftermath of a horrifying historical event. Young readers looking for substantial books should definitely give this one a try.
Shauna
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
The Woods by R. L. Toalson, Little Bee Publishing (Yellow Jacket Publishing), September 17, 2019
I was given this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review at BookCon 2019.
Dearest Readers,
DID YOU LOOK AT THIS COVER??? WELL, LOOK AGAIN!!! This cover art is outstanding. A little back story. I was in line at BookCon 2019 for Little Bee Publishing to play a spin the wheel game. I saw this cover as a part of their display. It was a large poster, with backlight framed into the wall
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Bonnie Grover
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was worth all 465 pages! It has a little historical fictional and a little bit of fantasy, brilliantly woven into a great story. I had so many questions about The Woods, and the mysterious uncle. I think the author did a great job hooking me and leading me right into the forbidden woods. I’m sure older students and adults are going to enjoy this book.
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