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Eliza Twitchel & The Haunted Forest

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Full Title
Eliza Twitchel & The Haunted Forest
Rated for Readers
Rated G (all ages)

Book Description

Eliza Twitchel is having the worst birthday ever. Not only does she miss her mother, who died four years ago, but her father completely forgot she was even having a birthday—her 13th! To make matters worse, a brownie living in her house dumped flour and oatmeal all over the kitchen floor and emptied every cupboard, stacking bowls, cups, plates, and pots and pans on the counters like mini leaning towers of Pisa. Of course, Eliza's papa blames her for the mess and orders her to clean it up before he gets home from work.

If that wasn't bad enough, her little sister, Phoebe, is kidnapped by gobblings and whisked through a magic gateway hidden in the old growth forest behind her house. Desperate to save her sister, Eliza implores the brownie, called Grizzle, to help her. He grudgingly leads her to a gnarled tree deep in the forest where she pleads with a beautiful elemental, Aelwynn, for passage through the gateway. The strange woman tells Eliza that the gobblings are taking Phoebe to the Haunted Forest, where they intend to sell her to a couple of witch sisters.

Aelwynn tells Eliza she'll grant her passage if Eliza will do something for her: Steal the witches' Black Book and return it to her. Eliza has no choice but to accept the offer. She has no idea how she's going to steal a book from under the witches' noses but she'd agree to anything to save Phoebe.

It doesn't take long for Eliza to realize saving her sister is going to be a lot harder than she thought. The Faerie world of Aldaen is vast, with dangers lurking around every corner. It is also a world on the brink of war between the four kingdoms: Elf, Dwarf, Gnome, and Troll.

With the help of Grizzle, an inventor, a woodsman, and a young gnome, Eliza sets out on a quest to The Haunted Forest to save her little sister, Phoebe, unaware that her very presence in Aldaen threatens the fragile peace between the kingdoms. It turns out her mother was a heroic dryad who stole a powerful weapon from Queen Grimmina, the troll witch.

The secret to the weapon's location lies hidden in the green heartstone on the bracelet Eliza wears—a gift from her mother. The heartstone contains her mother's essence—her memories, experiences, her personality—and the location of the secret weapon Grimmina needs in order to destroy her mortal enemy, the elf king, and rule Aldaen.

But as dangerous as Aldaen is, the greatest threat to Eliza and Phoebe is that they may not be able to go home.

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