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A sixteen-year-old princess with depression wonders if anyone else understands how it feels to feel nothing. 

 

Princess Devina was just like any other girl until one day, a mysterious illness struck—one that seemed to sap her happiness, leaving her in a fog. Desperate to bring her joy, the king and queen decreed that anyone who can make the princess smile would win her hand in marriage and become heir to the throne. But is that really what she needs?


A twist on an old fable, Devina battles depression, finds love in an unexpected place, and discovers that everything she’s longed for has been inside herself all along.

"I thought the words spoken by her mother regarding Devina's depression were incredible, "You have to be strong to feel the weight of the world so heavily and still continue to live in it." Princess Devina's caring personality also came through powerfully when she considered pretending she was happy so no-one had to worry about her. I loved how the barriers of class were removed as a peasant girl and a princess found friendship, love and mutual respect. Unlike traditional fairy tales, where a princess is rescued by a prince, The King's Decree is about two mutual friends supporting one another, finding love and enhancing each other's lives." -Readers' Favorite, 5 stars

Eleven year old Macy dreams of action and adventure that will take her far beyond her family’s farm. But what will happen when that adventure finds her?

 

Long ago, faeries were banished from the land after a legendary battle. So long ago that many wonder if faeries really exist or if the battle was just a tall tale. But one mysterious night, Macy’s mother is attacked, and ever since, unusual things start happening. Missing items, changing moods, and most strange of all, the family’s sheep, Slip, takes an unnerving interest in Macy.

 

This feeling was deeper than her usual love and concern for animals—she [Macy] knew Slip was acting strangely for a reason. She just needed to figure out why. Her mother is suddenly determined to get rid of the sheep, and Macy suspects that the reason may be sinister. When Macy meets a boy her age, the aloof and sarcastic Jay, they embark on a journey to discover the truth and save her mother. In this twist on The Wonderful Birch, you won’t find kings, queens, or evil stepmothers. Instead, you’ll find two courageous pre-teens from the outskirts, ready to defend Ordele from the magical forces that threaten it.

 

Author Torina Kingsley masterfully creates a world where things aren’t always as they seem. Beyond the Birch is an imaginative spin on an old folktale that reminds us all to hold our loved ones close and always believe in own our capabilities.

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