Journey into climate crisis with Twigs ~ impish stick creatures no
taller than robins. Tiny leaves
sprout from their arms and legs.
Twigs’ toes are curly like roots. Their leafy hair and sparkly eyes
are the colors of trees where they live.
Their homes may be enormous red cedars, emerald leaf maples, silver
leaf poplars, or any tree in the forest!
Courage, wits, and skill are all Twigs have to survive in the old
forest. They make amazing tools ~ braided flax ropes, whistles carved from
antlers, willow slingshots, and porcupine quill spears. They carry tall sticks called savers. Gemstones at the tops capture sun beams
which light up dark caves or burn what they strike!
In the vast forests of Twigs, trees die from bark beetle swarms.
Firestorms threaten wildlife. Melting glaciers flood and destroy the
forests and valleys where Twigs live.
Suddenly thrust upon dangerous paths, one young Twig named Leaf and
his forest friends discover their world has unexpected help. In the midst
of disappearing habitats, beavers build mighty dams to control floods and
quench wildfires. Bark beetles are fought. Rare trees are saved from
extinction. Glaciers may shrink, but their precious water is not lost. A
lesson is learned from the eruption of a volcano ~ incredible adaption is
possible. So Leaf and his loyal
Twig friends stick together and battle to survive.
About the Author Jo Marshall
Jo Marshall lives in the Pacific Northwest near volcanoes, rainforests, and coastal wetlands. She is concerned about climate change impacting the wildlife and forests in this region, and so her timely, eco-literature novels describe this transforming world by means of fantastic adventures about impish, stick creatures called Twigs.
Jo spent seven years as a volunteer literacy tutor for elementary school students. In the D.C. area from 1999 to 2006, she worked as the Legal Assistant for the General Counsels of two nonprofits – the Paralyzed Veterans of America and Oceana. Jo earned a B.A. in German Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, Europe, and from 1984-1987, she worked as a liaison between the military and international communities in West Berlin.
Jo enjoys mysteries, puzzles, board games, and Big Band era music. She resides in Snohomish, Washington with her family.
All rights to ‘Twig Stories’ art are held by the author, Jo Marshall.
About the Designer Ali Jo
Twig Stories reflect Ali Jo’s enthusiasm for story-telling, and
her fascination with the natural world. When not writing her intriguing
young adult novels, Ali loves to draw and photoshop art projects. She
continually works toward developing her expertise with graphic design
and photography. Ali Jo won many awards in tumbling and trampoline
competition, and first place in two science fairs. She’s traveled to
Paris, Rome, Hawaii, and all across the U.S., but loves western Canada
most of all.
Ali’s motto is “Stick with your dreams, and watch over wildlife!”
About the Artist D.W. Murray
D.W. Murray is an award-winning Disney and Universal Pictures artist whose screen credits include Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, and Curious George. An award recipient of the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators Gallery, his talent is also recognized by the 2004 Gold Aurora Award.
Mr. Murray has written numerous screenplays, pitched story concepts to Roy Disney, and to the producers of Touched By An Angel. He is the author of the fantasy novels, Majesty -The Sorcerer and the Saint and Majesty and The Dragon’s Throne which are compared to the Chronicles of Narnia. His new novel, Retroshock, is released on Kindle. Mr. Murray is a former scriptwriter for Big Ideas and the colorful children’s animated series 3-2-1 Penguins. He resides with his family in Florida.
More about the talent of D.W. Murray is on his website