Teen reviewer says Forest Born is "dazzling and magical."


Rinna (who goes by 'Rin') grew up in a tight-knit family in the Forest of Bayern. As Ma's favorite child and Razo’s little sister, Rin finds balance and peace in the steady trees and gentle nature of her home. Razo invites her to the city to be one of Queen Ani's waiting women. It is through this position that she meets Isi, Enna, and Dasha (from the other three books). This adventure is also pushing a dangerous secret to the surface. Slowly, and painfully, Rin fears that the ability that makes her very different from the others will be exposed. Now Rin has to find her way through a journey she never would have predicted.  

BTSYA / Teen Reader (13):
This compelling read is steeped in the comforting culture of Rin’s home and family. Reminiscent of popular fairy tales, the book weaves a story of self-discovery, understanding and acceptance. With its lush and immersive atmosphere, the story swept me away into a wistful world of adventure and mystery. Even after finishing the book, the dazzling, electric setting lingers, blending the borders of reality and fiction. The story is well paced, organized, and flows seamlessly between ideas.  I especially loved how the old characters returned, remaining true to their original characters, but more well-rounded, and with more personal growth. the realistic and constructive relationships of the female, sister-like characters in the story were lovely and comforting to read about.

The author does a great job linking you to Rin's emotions. She struggles with her understanding of herself and the factors that define her. Although her conflict isn’t showy or provoked by outward circumstances, there is a raw appeal that coming-of-age readers will connect with.

I highly recommend this engaging and magical book!  

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Vivid writing and amazing story-telling will leave readers thinking about Rin and the forests of Bayern long after the book has been closed. Part adventure and mystery, part coming of age story ... Forest Born has something for everyone.

Content Awareness Factors:


Educational Themes:

The story has elements of a fairy tale. Which ones does your reader recognize? What is similar to the version they know, what is unique. Rin struggles with accepting who she is. If your reader were Rin's friend, how would they help her?

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age:
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! Not just this book but the 4 titles that make up the series. The stories are magical, suspenseful and still wholesome.

Title Forest Born

Books of Bayern, Book 4

Author Shannon Hale
Publisher Bloomsbury USA Childrens © 2009
ISBN 9781599901671
Material Hard Cover
Cost $18.99
Genres Adventure, Fable | Folklore, Fantasy, Self Worth
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