Beautiful Readers...Please help us welcome
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,
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 Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
1) Website: http://www.twigstories.com Discounted books are available via my Estore (direct from publisher) Just follow the links from the Twig Store.
2) Amazon.com for Leaf & the Rushing Waters: http://www.amazon.com/Leaf-Rushing-Waters-Twig-Stories/dp/1461135788/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322030239&sr=1-1
Amazon.com for Leaf & the Sky of Fire: http://www.amazon.com/Leaf-Sky-Fire-Twig-Stories/dp/145630092X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1306174492&sr=8-2
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
"like" her Twig Stories page on Facebook
"like" the Jo Marshall authors page on Facebook
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