THE GLASS TABLE (Book I)
Silver medal, 2010 Mom's Choice Awards
This mystery/thriller pits twelve young children against a formidable captor, a witch who casts them into a spell to live in the river Kai as spirits.
The children are divided into two opposing groups: the wood spirits and the river spirits. The river spirits can escape the spell and return home as children but only with dire consequences for the wood spirits and for nature.
The children learn that it is only through trust, camaraderie and teamwork do they have a chance to return home to their families. However, when a wood spirit named Faith suffers the consequences of Toby Witherspoon's daring escape, all bets are off, even though a greater threat emerges on the banks of the river Kai.
The story continues in the sequel, SHARDS.
"This is a really fresh concept with a great message. There are lots of eco-friendly stories out there, but not since Miyazaki's Nausicaa have I come across one so imaginative. You're an extremely strong writer with particular talent in dialogue; it always flowed very naturally, and you did a wonderful job making your characters' voices distinct. Despite all the fantastical elements, I believed every word of this story. Well done." -- Writers Digest
"The child spirits are permitted to visit their homes and these episodes are both entertaining and poignant. Unable to be seen or heard, the children can only watch as their families struggle without them. Gradually they begin to understand how much they are loved. For young readers, this may be the story's most valuable lesson." -- ForeWord Clarion Reviews
Genre: Fantasy with an environmental theme
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, with an environmental theme. Likened to Lord of the Flies, Scat.