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It just appeared one day out of nowhere--a dead forest that the partners had never seen before. Carter and Kat think they know every tree, river, and rock within five miles of their homes, but this section of wood, completely devoid of life, was not supposed to exist. Stepping through a doorway into a bizarre world filled with darkness, terror, and death, they embark on a ...more
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Alyssa Pierce
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
Monsters...check. Classic battle of good vs evil...check. Creative way of teaching bible stories...check. It seems like Mr. Groll pretty much covered everything! Beyond the Dead Forest is not your typical young adult novel. Actually, I can’t say I’ve ever read anything like it before.

Carter and Kat are two friends who love to go exploring. When they stumble upon a random and mysterious forest that seems to come out of nowhere, the two adventurers are faced with the challenge of a lifetime. Are
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Karen Gammons
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a VERY fun read.This book was not your usual fantasy. Steve Groll used it as a tool to share that good over evil will win every time, which I think is wonderful. There are too many books out there that show that evil is fun and good. This was a GREAT book! The two main characters, Kat and Carter were very well developed. They find a forest that is not like any forest they had ever been in. They had tried taking pictures of it so they could show everyone, and the pictures didn't turn out ...more
Yin Chien 인첸
Beyond the Dead Forest is a book with depth and layered meanings. I enjoyed reading about Carter and Kat's adventures in the strange places they visited along their journey. The events in the story catalyze their inner growth and increased their determination, wits and strength. This book is interesting and likable, but I believe it would be better if the story is cut short as it is intended for middle graders, and it spanned a good 416 pages. I discovered some typos and found some strange dialo ...more
Ursula Gorman
Beyond the Dead Forest by Steve Groll draws you in and doesn't let go...Carter and Kat are best friends that know the area in which they live like the back of their hands...that is, until the 'dead forest' appears one day and is unlike anything they've ever seen. On this particular visit, they meet a strange man...and their journey begins. Carter and Kat takes the adventure of their lives that changes everything they've known and has the potential to change their whole lives...and the lives of e ...more
Rachel Klotz
Kat and Carter are best friends, always looking for an adventure and new location to go exploring. One day, a forest appears in their neighborhood, and their lives will never be the same because of it. Throughout the book, you follow Kat and Carter along their journey through the Dead Forest. They are faced with continuous trials and tribulations, always testing their character. They are offered help from the Guardian, lead astray by the Adversary, and encounter many interesting characters and t ...more
David
Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Beyond the Dead Forest is an awesome adventure full of unforgettable characters and a plot worthy of the literary masterpieces of old. The book follows the adventures of the Partners (aka Carter and Kat) who love to go exploring together. They find a dead forest that they knew wasn't there a few days ago (because they know the area around their town like the backs of their hands) and go exploring in it. They then find themselves in another world called Dearth, which is under great suffering beca ...more
Jo
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This book was a departure from the kind of books I normally read but I have to say I really enjoyed it.
It took me a little time to get into it at first but to be honest that was down to me and time constraints more than anything else. There was an element of fantasy to the story which I wouldn't normally be drawn to when choosing a book to read but I've got to say it's opened up the range I would read now. The characters were well developed and it was very easy to put yourself in their shoes and
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Bunny  Ninaber
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beyond the Dead Forest is a captivating tale that I would linken somewhat to Oz or A Series of Unfortunate Events. Steven Groll wastes little time sending the reader on a bizarre quest with two young friends, Carter and Kat. His skillful crafting of dialogue carries the story well. And while the entire saga takes place in a realm called the Dead Forest, there are certainly no ‘dead spots’ for the reader in this book.
I loved the characters ― and some of them were wild! They are products of a ver
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Jim Hughes
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have been curious about how the events of life mesh together for our good and the good of others, you will learn how in, Beyond the Dead Forest by Stephen Groll. In this fascinating book, you will discover that all of life’s events, both good and bad, are essential for our growth and the improvement of the world.
Stephan takes us on a journey deep into Dead Forest where seemingly all hope for escape is gone, where life lessons are learned the hard way, and where we learn that even in th
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Amanda Stephan
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It just appeared one day out of nowhere--a dead forest that the partners had never seen before. Carter and Kat think they know every tree, river, and rock within five miles of their homes, but this section of wood, completely devoid of life, was not supposed to exist. Stepping through a doorway into a bizarre world filled with darkness, terror, and death, they embark on a quest to discover the greatest treasure of all...

I knew when I read the back blurb that I was almost certain to love this boo
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Kathy
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I began to read Steve Groll’s book, Beyond the Dead Forest, I didn’t know I was about to enter a truly fascinating place where strange events, twists and turns would appear along the imaginary journey. Steve’s excellent imagination certainly kept me on my toes as the many layers of mystery began to unfold, revealing a new lesson at every turn. Stephen masterfully created a fascinating allegory, entwined with faith that will appeal to tweens, young adults and the young at heart. Superbly done, ...more
Edmond P.
Nov 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Beyond the Dead Forest” is a page turner. I felt as if I was experiencing an Indiana Jones movie. The characters step into one impossible adventure after another, solve each one, only to step into another one more dangerous for them and more exciting for the reader. The characters seemingly impossible challenges, vividly and honestly described here, are strangely representative of everyday childhood struggles and hardships. Yet, Steve Groll has the wonderful ability to incorporate positive valu ...more
Edmond DeRousse
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a page turner. If you like Indiana Jones, you will find an affinity for this one. I have been captivated by this book. It's the seemingly never ending adventures that are somewhat reflective of everyday childhood struggles. More importantly, Groll’s ability to inject values and morals to his stories is just impressive. It's entertaining not preachy! The youth will learn a lot from this. I'm pretty sure your kids or grand kids will love this book and I seriously think you will enjoy ...more
Elaine Littau
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Beyond the Dead Forest by Stephen Groll is so good that I hated to put it down to get some work done. My 12 year old grandson and I really bonded over it. The lessons in it are deep and are great for discussions.
I have never read a fantasy book like this... one. The characters are like children we all know and love. When we came to the end of a chapter, my grandson always wanted me to press on...That is saying a lot. God job, Mr. Groll.
Elaine Littau, author of Christian Historical/Western Fictio
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Patti
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never been a fan of fantasy books, nor have I ever wanted to admit that I have enjoyed reading a children's book but Beyond the Dead Forest by Steve Groll left me a fan of both! this book was so enjoyable I read it twice. The story caputured my imagination and wouldnt let go! groll's unique style of weaving bibical wisdom with a charming story makes his writing talent shine.I highly recomend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a good book.



author of Sara's Journey

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Ann Correll
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steve Groll found a unique way of explaining the perils of life and points out the choices each of us have throughout those experiences. One main theme that is constantly applied is the people rule. I won’t give it away but will tell you that even though you may have a good idea what this is all about, the application of this rule is tricky as the experience changes. If you enjoy intrigue, and those “oh no!” moments in a book, or a “whew” you will find it in Beyond the Dead Forest.
Darlene
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beyond the Dead Forest brings to life the story of two pre-teens who are searching for excitement and entertainment. Taken to a world that is only visible to them, they begin a journey that teaches important lessons about what really matters in life. Mr. Groll does a fantastic job of gently guiding these youngsters through perilous tests, both in the physical and of the heart. I highly recommend this book, especially to intermediate to middle school aged students.
Kyra J.
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I didn't know what to expect while reading Beyond the Dead Forrest. As I started I was wondering what was going to happen next as I turned the pages. It's definately not what I expected, but it's intriguing nevertheless. This book together with Carter and Kat, is great for youngsters as well as adults. Definately recommend this one.

Saniya
Feb 08, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Gosh! the trailer is so scary =O I am so going to read this book!!!
Amanda Bradburn
Beyond the Dead Forest is a delightful book! If you love fantasy, but want something a little different and thought provoking, this book is for you!
Lisa Rowles
I wasn't expecting too much from this book as it was only after I'd received it that I realised it was based quite heavily around Biblical stories (it's written by an American preacher) but to my surprise, I really enjoyed it once I got into it. The lead characters are Carter and Kat, who are two lonely children who live in a remote area so spend alot of time together. One day they venture into the Dead Forest of the title to explore it further and encounter two strange men, the Adversary and th ...more
J.S. Bailey
May 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Needs major editing.
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Oct 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Steve Groll has written and published his first novel, Beyond the Dead Forest. Groll has worked with children and families for over 40 years. Steve's goal is to write suspenseful adventures that take place in strange worlds and that are both intriguing and profound. Though his novel is geared to older children and younger youth, many adults enjoy the excitement, and wonder at the wisdom found in h ...more