Forever Birchwood: A Novel (Paperback)

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The middle-grade debut of star picture-book author and illustrator Danielle Daniel

Adventurous, trail-blazing Wolf lives in a northern mining town and spends her days exploring the mountains and wilderness with her three best friends Penny, Ann and Brandi. The girls’ secret refuge is their tree-house hideaway, Birchwood, Wolf’s favourite place on earth. When her beloved grandmother tells her that she is the great-granddaughter of a tree talker, Wolf knows that she is destined to protect the birch trees and wildlife that surround her.

But Wolf’s mother doesn’t understand this connection at all. Not only is she reluctant to engage with their family’s Indigenous roots, she seems suspiciously on the wrong side of the environmental protection efforts in their hometown. To make matters worse, she’s just started dating an annoying new boyfriend named Roger, whose motives—and construction company—seem equally suspect.

As summer arrives, so do bigger problems. Wolf and her friends discover orange plastic bands wrapped around the trees near their cherished hangout spot, and their once stable friendship seems on the verge of unravelling. Birchwood has given them so much—can they even stay together long enough to save this special place?

With gorgeous yet understated language, Danielle Daniel beautifully captures an urgent and aching time in a young person’s life. To read this astonishing middle-grade debut is to have your heart broken and then tenderly mended.

About the Author

DANIELLE DANIEL is a writer, an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. Like many Francophones with origins in Quebec, she shares a family link to an Indigenous ancestor, an Algonquin woman who inspired her first adult novel, Daughters of the Deer. Her debut middle grade novel, Forever Birchwood, flows out of her connection to the land where she was born and raised, her environmental concerns and her interest in Indigenous ways of stewardship. Her picture books include Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox (winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and a Best 100 title at the New York Public Library) and You Hold Me Up, shortlisted for the 2018 Marilyn Baillie award. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and recently moved to Mnidoo Mnis (Manitoulin Island) with her family.

Praise For…

“Set in Sudbury, Ontario, Forever Birchwood perfectly captures that timeless pre-teen feeling of wanting to hold on tight to what-is while everything—including yourself—changes at breakneck speed. Young readers will root for Wolf every step of way as she fights for her friendships, her family and her beloved Birchwood forest.” — Anna Humphrey

"Forever Birchwood is a wise, funny book, perfect for the smartest mid-grade reader you know. Four best friend set out to save the environment, one tree at a time. Along the way they encounter mystery, family drama, romantic mix-ups, and a community tragedy that will test their friendship like never before. I loved this book." — Annabel Lyon, author of Encore Edie

“In her middle grade debuut, Danielle Daniel does a superb job of capturing that adolescent dichotomy of feeling both powerless and powerful. How not to love a girl named Wolf who sets out to save her hometown forest from developers?” — Sara O'Leary, author of This is Sadie

Product Details
ISBN: 9781443463348
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 18th, 2022
Pages: 304
Language: English