Review: Jace’s Adventure in the Forbidden Forest

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What young reader doesn’t like an adventure? And Jace certainly has one when he enters the Forbidden Forest to retrieve a lost baseball. His best friend Rocco urges him not to go, but Jace thinks he can go right in, and come right back out. But that does not happen, and that’s where his adventure begins.

Jace is initially scared when he encounters two dinosaurs—a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and a baby Pterodactyl who hasn’t yet learned to fly. His fears are soon dismissed, and the story becomes one of friendship and caring. Jace helps his new friends solve some problems, and they help him find his way home again.

But more importantly, Jace learns that things aren’t always what they seem to be, and that just because you come from a different place, you can still be friends with someone who is not like you. When Jace returns to the real world, he shares his journey with Rocco and they change the name of the Forbidden Forest to the Friendly Forest.

Chapter books, like Jace’s Adventure in the Forbidden Forest, provide teachers with an opportunity to reinforce some basic standards, like: identify details in text including who, what, when and where; identify words and images that evoke feelings such as happiness or surprise; and identify characters, settings, main problem, and sequence of events in fiction.

Another meaningful discussion could include how people from diverse backgrounds can make contributions. Even though dinosaurs are not human beings, they can be a metaphor for people from different cultures, stimulating a discussion about ethnic diversity and not judging a book by its cover. Jace learns that lesson during his visit to this magical place.

D.W. Harper includes simple illustrations adding a touch of whimsy to this engaging story.

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Jane R. Wood is the author of Schools: A Niche Market for Authors and an award-winning series of chapter books: Voices in St. AugustineAdventures on Amelia IslandTrouble on the St. John’s RiverGhosts on the Coast, and Lost in Boston.


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Inspiring Small Business: D. W. Harper


You did a wonderful job this past year as the FAPA President. To be honest, associations like this have been known to come across as “snooty.” This entire FAPA board has been helpful, informative and very welcoming when I attend the conferences. Your pictures show you having fun! I will continue my membership because of this.

I sincerely thank you, specifically, for all you’ve done for my author and publishing career.

I never anticipated my life taking the path of a writer/publisher which eventually turned into a small business for me. I will always be grateful to, Jane Wood and Frances Keiser, for all they’ve done and who eventually introduced me to you.

I’m a FAPA member and award winner per your suggestion to join. The inspiring recommendations and suggestions, (the networking) you’ve offered such as, school info for presenting my children’s books, award submissions, for eFormatting, and especially my wonderful editor, Jennifer Thomas, who did a great job editing, The Lost Twin have been spot on. You offer great advice through your own experiences, and I can’t thank you enough.”

—D. W.  Harper, Author of The Lost Twinn, Jace’s Adventures, and LOVE, GREED and LIE$