Brigitta of the White Forest is a middle grade fantasy novel written by Indie-Debut author Danika Dinsmore. Cover design by Tod McCoy. Copyright 2010.
In a world where it is sometimes hard to tell friend from foe, two sisters race against time to save their beloved White Forest and all the faeries they love. As they journey beyond the faerie realm, Brigitta and Himalette persevere through adversity and learn to match wits against giant caterpillars, rock dragons and munshmins.
Before I opened Brigitta of the White Forest, the gorgeous cover with an ethereal blue moon caught my eye, setting the tone for the story. As I read, the White Forest came to life in my imagination as a blend of The Shire and Rivendell, yet with a delightful, whimsical personality all its own. Dinsmore's faerie world is amazingly detailed, steeped in history and tradtions that bring depth to the tale.
I especially love the relationship between Brigitta and her little sister, Himalette. Their loyalty, bravery and even a few sisterly squabbles made for credible, endearing characters.
I recommend this book for middle graders and up. Girls will especially relate to Brigitta, but don't count out the boys - there is plenty of suspense and adventure! Bring on The Ruins of Noe, book #2 in the White Forest series.
Reviewed by Indie-Debut author Beth Bence Reinke.