The Dolls' House in the Forest

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
48 Pages
Reviewed on 01/15/2018
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Author Biography

J.R.Poulter /J.R.McRae has worked as a senior educator, librarian, lecturer in English Expression, editor and in a circus. A multi-awarded author/poet with over 50 books to her name, she writes award-winning poetry, YA and general readership fiction under J.R.McRae.
Outstanding author - Helen Chamberlin, Hachette, Macmillan, Windy Hollow
Highly original, highly visual author - Mark McLeod, Random House, Hodder
Australia's Scheherazade - Dr. Florence Lewis, Professor of English literature, Berkley, UC
Major Awards: 
* Children's Choice, New Zealand
* in Top Ten Children's Books & YA Books, New Zealand,
* "Mending Lucille" won Crichton, CBCA Award
* Premier's Recommended Reading List, NSW, Australia
* Poetry - Premier's Open Literature Award [Warana]
* Simone Wood  Award, USA - children's book on dance 
* LiFE Award, Literature for Environment [for 3 books]
* Award-Winning Finalist, International Book Awards
* Winner, Purple Dragonfly Award - Picture Books 5 and younger
* "Getting Home" Winner, Purple Dragonfly Award - Best Illustrations
* Readers' Favorite International Book Award Winner
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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

The cold feel of his hands, the haunting stillness and the long solemn faces; Gerard remembered the death of his older brother as if it were yesterday in The Dolls’ House in the Forest by J.R. McRae. That day changed his life forever. He now has to travel the paths of the forest alone, having lost his only companion. As he seeks answers to the questions filling his mind, he walks in the forest, retracing the steps he once walked with his brother. He can’t understand how someone who knew the forest so well could have gotten lost; no one can. What was he running from? What was he afraid of? Gerard has to get the answers. The rustling of the leaves, the cold cry of a bird suddenly taking flight and the dark chilling mist of dread hanging around him cannot stop him from delving further.

The Dolls’ House in the Forest by J.R. McRae is a chilling yet captivating story that reflects a journey of self-discovery while dealing with loss. McRae does a great job of bringing out Gerard’s emotions of fear, confusion, pain and relentless courage. McRae uses such descriptive language that makes every scene stand out while aiding the reader's imagination. Every turn of the page left me holding my breath, dreading what would come next. I could almost feel the rustling leaves and the frightening cries in the dark as the scenes came alive through the illustrations done by Yvette Gustafsson. The book design and layout by Muza Ulasowski is thoughtful and aroused my curiosity in reading this book.