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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Believe by Jo-Marie is the exciting story of Adi and her friends whose world exists in a forest. Adi lives in Maple Community, a small town inside a Sugar Maple tree in Vermont. One day they realize that there is a crack in the bottom of Branch B, which holds her school. The adults cannot figure out a solution to solve the problem and they plan to close the school and spread the classes all over the tree. Adi and her friends are not too happy hearing that. She knows something has to be done and her idea gets accepted by her class. Adi’s friends, Jayden and Ayden Limb, hate living in a tree and they are keen to go and discover the outside world. Once they go outside, they realize how unsafe the outside world is and how there is a secret which has been kept away from them. Will Jayden and Ayden Limb join hands with Adi and help in saving the Maple Community?
The story has a good message to readers on how teamwork, trust, leadership, and belief can help everyone in protecting their clan and surviving, despite the problems around them. All the characters have been well portrayed, making them real and tangible. The author’s narration is detailed and descriptive, making the scenes and the characters vivid and alive. The tiny beings in the story are original and unique, their adventures, their world hidden in the forest, and teamwork make the story exciting and enchanting to readers. The positive messages in the story that life is a journey and everyone should live their dreams make it a must-read for all children.