Saturday, June 23, 2012

Twig Stories by Jo Marshall...and a GIVEAWAY!!

Beautiful Readers...Please help us welcome
Jo Marshall!! 
She writes a series of books called "Twig Stories"...and is generously offering our readers a chance to win a copy of her books! 
 Please read on to learn more about Jo and 
her "Twig Stories" 
The beautiful Jo Marshall
Twig Stories by Jo Marshall
Hello, Twig and Toadstool’s fans and followers. What a delightful blog!  So many fun ideas and talent here!  I want to thank my new friends, Maureen and Shanti, for their generous invitation to introduce my books, Twig Stories.
My name is Jo Marshall, and I write Twig Stories with the help of my young daughter,
Ali Jo.
In elementary school, she studied about the harmful impacts of climate change happening here in the Pacific Northwest. Three volcanoes loom over our valley in Snohomish, Washington.  Lush rainforests of British Columbia and the Olympic Peninsula are nearby, along with shrinking glaciers, vanishing species, and extreme weather.   So we invented Twigs – little stick creatures that live in old growth forests.  Twigs battle specific events associated with a warming world.

You may be wondering how to make a Twig story, so here’s a great method to try at home:
You will need the following supplies:

1.      Young readers, 8+, (or listeners 3+) who love a fantastic, adventure story
2.     An assortment of brave stick creatures –
Twigs about as big as a robin are best

3.     Animals plucked from forests & prairies – usually endangered

4.     Floods and goliath beavers:

Hint: In Leaf & the Rushing Waters Leaf and his friend, Rustle, try to find goliath beavers, which may be strong enough to build a mighty dam. Leaf hopes the ‘chompers’ can stop a flood from destroying Leaf’s old tree home, the Old Seeder.  (You see, beaver dams naturally mitigate flood and drought!)

5.     Bark beetles and trapped Twigs:

Hint: In Leaf & the Sky of Fire Twigs battle a swarm of “barkbiters” in an infested, dying forest.  Twig babes are trapped in a cave there, and Leaf flies off on a bird named Pesky to try and save them.  Fortunately, there are researchers working to save our forests, especially the endangered species like the white bark pine trees.

6.     Guidance from enormously gifted people in the environmental field who generously offer their advice and support to be sure the best stories are created.

7.      A great design team to develop a fun website with games and puzzles for kids, educational information, and discounts for shoppers.

8.     A talented Disney illustrator, who enjoys creating Twig art, and a stubborn writer

Weave it all together, and you have an eco-literary fantasy series call Twig Stories!
Leaf and the Rushing Waters

Leaf and the Sky of Fire

If you’d like to find some of these stories already put together, please follow the links below. You can find them online worldwide!

Oh yes! Leaf & the Long Ice and Leaf & Echo Peak will be available soon, too.

(It also helps if you are a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, Pacific Northwest Writers Association, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Read a Book Make a Difference, and many environmental nonprofits.)

Twig Stories books are available in paperback and kindle versions from online book stores such as and Barnes & Noble.   

1)      Website:  Discounted books are available via my Estore (direct from publisher) Just follow the links from the Twig Store.

Thank you Jo for sharing your talent with us here at Twig and Toadstool!!

And now for the giveaway!!!
Jo has kindly offered to give one of our lucky readers a copy of one of her Twig stories. 
If you win you will have 2 choices...
you can get the books via Kindle,
(and Jo will give you both copies of her stories)
if you want a hard copy you will get your choice of one of the two books.
To enter simply leave a comment...
for extra entries
or blog, pin, facebook or tweet about this giveaway and you can get an additional entry for each action.
This giveaway will run until next Saturday at midnight...the winner will be announced
on Sunday!  Good luck to all who enter!

The winner of our giveaway was Bug!!
thanks to all who entered!

For more information about Twig Stories drop Jo at line at
Have a great weekend everyone
xox maureen & shanti


  1. This would be fabulous! I just looked over the website and can't wait to get my hands on some of these!!

  2. Would love a chance to win this! They look amazing, thank you so much for sharing these wonderful stories.

  3. We'd love a chance at these lovely books. :)

  4. They look beautiful! Count us in!


  5. That looks pretty amazing; I would love a chance to win!

  6. These are beautiful! I love them.

  7. How fun! wonderful stories and illustrations! We too live in the great NW.

  8. I absolutely adore this! I'm always on the look-out for Eco-friendly fairy tales! (It's been my dream to illustrate something like this as well- hee hee)!

    Crossing my fingers!

  9. Thank you, Maureen and Shanti! This is really a fun post, and I'm looking forward to giving away my stories to the lucky winner.

    Thank you everyone for your great comments, and enthusiasm. Can't wait to tell David and Ali all about this wonderful community here.

    best wishes to all, and have a lovely summer reading!

  10. Just few days ago I discovered these great stories and since then both books are sitting on my wish list. Do I have to say at all I would LOVE to win them? Thanks for a chance!

  11. and yes, I love Twig Stories page on Facebook (Sandra Mil)

  12. I subscribed to M-me Marshal public post (and sent her friend request as well..)

  13. Thanks, Sandra. It's great to be friends. Your albums are amazing! And that timeline photo ... wow! Good luck with the give away!


  14. How lovely these books look! I would love a hard copy <3

  15. These are great! I would like to get in on this too.

  16. This looks so Laila (I'm sure not only), I had to enter for her. We'll be back in Killlaoe sometime this week. The website is growing beautifully, by the way.

  17. Love this giveaway, her books look magical!

  18. Thanks to everyone for the sweet compliments, and for entering the give-away. It's so nice to know you like the wonderful art and the stories. It's great fun making new friends, too.

    Wishing you good luck!

  19. What a great blog post with all these beautiful illustrations! Lovely to discover this new blog, too!

  20. I love these invented creatures! Why is it so rare to find such imaginative stories these days?

  21. Also I very happily Liked the stories on FB

  22. And I very happily pinned on Pinterest. How easy it is to promote something so beautiful and enriching!

  23. Thank you, bug. I love your name. The stories are a lot of fun to write, too. It's so rewarding to know you feel the way you do.

    Thank you, Joanna! This is really a fun blog, isn't it? I think Twig and Toadstool are amazing!
    best of luck in the drawing!

  24. Lovely stories1 My little ones would love them! Thanks for the chance.

  25. Ooh, pick me! Pick me! Thank you for hosting such a lovely opportunity for a give away...


  26. I "Like" Twig Stories on Facebook :-)

  27. We are going to homeschool our 2 sons next year and these stories would be a great addition to our reading material. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest also, so these stories would be a personal treasure as well. (I remember as a kid the wonder of Mount St. Helens blowing and having our town covered in ash within a day.)

  28. Oooooh! Me! Me! Pick my random comment number, Magic Number Generator ;-) What a delight of a win this would be. A real treasure to add to the bookshelf. My Middling would be absolutely enchanted.

  29. Would love to win one of Jo's books (hard copy).
    ~ joey ~

  30. Oh my goodness, I'm so happy you'd like a copy of my books! Really a big thrill reading your comments. Thanks, Ziezo, M. Bloom (double thanks for the Like), W.S. Wanderings, and Joey.

    Lynn, I witnessed St. Helens, too, and it made a huge impact on me and my family. The last novel, 'Leaf & Echo Peak', sounds scary (it's about an eruption) but it's also about adaptation and the unbelievable rebirth that is possible. It's wonderful knowing your homeschoolers and your library will have some of the Twig Stories books. Thank you!

    I'm grateful to all of you for your enthusism, and wish you the best of luck with the drawing!


  31. wow, this looks like a beautiful series! thanks for the info and giveaway!

  32. Thank you, Mary. I'm so glad you like the books. Good luck with the give-away!

    Jennie Stewart had some trouble posting her comment, but she did like my page, so could you please add her name to the give-away?

  33. Hello, sweet friends, new fans, and lovely hosts of Twig and Toadstool!

    Last day for the give-away! Tell your friends and family to enter a comment to win either a Kindle version of each book, or one (very high quality) paperback of either. Tweeting and liking my book/fan page counts extra!

    Thanks for all the wonderful, enthusiastic comments so far! As my daughter, Ali Jo reminds us, "Stick with your dreams' and 'watch over wildlife'!"




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