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Treasure Forest Mass Market Paperback – 29 Apr 2008

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Reprint edition (29 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441015867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441015863
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.2 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,699,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An enthralling and mysterious tale for children of all ages, Treasure Forest is...a gentle though profound spiritual teaching..." -- V. Ritchie, Manager of Inner Light Bookstore, October 2003

"I understand The Power of Now teachings more deeply after having read Treasure Forest!" -- Nikki Sachdeva, Yogiimpressions Books Pvt. Ltd, Foreign Rights Publisher, October 2003

"I was enchanted by the way Bordhi brought...Grandma Daphne to life through the minds of...Ben and Sara." -- Howard Schonberger, Editor, Journal of the San Juan Islands, October 2003

"It will help adults re-discover their own childhood; something they might have long lost and forgotten." -- Mada Dalian, Healer, October 2003

"Treasure Forest...is a spell-weaving tale that will leave readers marveling...while they re-examine their personal philosophies of life..." -- Lynn Harty, ABC review, October 2003 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

Many readers of our publication, The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle, prevailed upon Namaste Publishing to provide a children’s version of it, thereby bringing its spiritual teachings to our youth in a modern idiom they would embrace and be able to understand. That was our original intent in setting out to publish Treasure Forest by Cat Bordhi.

This goal has been achieved, but also so much more! Treasure Forest has become a book that appeals to the youthful innocence we all still carry with us. As such, it cuts across all age barriers. It is even an intra-species book, as through it we rediscover our deep connection, our oneness with nature and animals.

Treasure Forest may be read on many levels: the compelling adventure level, the spiritual teachings level, the archetypal and metaphoric. Because of this, many readers may be drawn back to read it again and again, as each time they find themselves going deeper into its delights and teachings.

We release Treasure Forest with deep gratitude for being given the opportunity to bring this inspirational novel to the world – a world that is in need of being reminded to cherish and guard the wise innocence of children – a wisdom which adults can come to realize they have never truly lost.

Connie Kellough Publisher/President NAMASTE PUBLISHING --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
Books of breathtaking vision that will appeal to the young adults (and their grownups and some of their younger siblings as well) are few and far between. Thank heaven for Treasure Forest, a seminal work that deserves a place on the shelf beside T. S. Lewis, T. A. Barron, Ursula Leguin, and Phillip Pullman. Cat Bordhi's bravura first novel teeters on the edge of bliss and fear-daring us to love a shadowy character whose intentions seem more than a bit dishonorable. Yes, we are afraid and uneasy for what may happen to young Ben and his sister Sara-and at the same time, we yearn for them to be free to roam in the great forest of life, unharmed yet gleaning a full and positive understanding of what it means to live in the present moment with open and accepting hearts. Bordhi's sprawling imagination and keen attention to detail invite the reader to see and vividly experience such harrowing events as nearly drowning in quicksand, or discovering an underground lair so ingenious that it rivals the best of The Swiss Family Robinson's efforts to survive on a desert island. While you might describe the writer's style as lyrical realism shimmering with plausible touches of magic, she is also a fine nature-writer (her descriptions of ravens are particularly telling), all grounded in a profound sense of inner knowing. This quality doubtless reflects upon one of her inspirations, Eckhart Tolle, celebrated for his book, The Power of Now.
Spiritual, yes. Boring? Not for a minute. This novel brims with suspense, a complex cast of characters and highly innovative metaphors that prove to be both practical and mischievous. Wisely, Bordhi does not address all the questions implied in her fascinating tale, but permits her readers to witness and share the transformations of each character through their own eyes. I finished the book eager to know when the next piece of this trilogy in the making would be ready.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x907b3738) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90b392d0) out of 5 stars A delightfully mysterious saga of puzzle solving 13 Feb. 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Treasure Forest is an adventure novel intended for young adults, yet appealing to all ages. A brother and sister are left a mysterious challenge by their recently deceased grandmother - solve the riddle of a hidden treasure within a pond. Their quest will cause them to witness the mysteries of the forest, meet a paraplegic private eye with a three-legged bloodhound, and discover a secret that will change their lives forever. A delightfully mysterious saga of puzzle solving, character building, and the inward resolve to see an adventure through to its conclusion.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Cat doesn't take us back to our childhood with Treasure Forest, she returns our childhood to us. Reading this book gives us space to pause, to connect with that deep down inside spot where everything is fresh and still, the place where we live and breath...
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90dcaad4) out of 5 stars children in search of answers 28 Sept. 2004
By Rebecca Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Rebeccasreads highly recommends TREASURE FOREST as a children's tale of sorrow & success, where Ben & Sara are compelled to seek answers to their grandmother's last letters in which she asked a question.

Filled with the dangers & delights of forest life, Ben & Sara's adventures open up a new way of living life in the here & now, with some clear & informative ideas about meditation & enlightenment.

Not preachy at all. In fact, TREASURE FOREST is a story for all ages.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90b395ac) out of 5 stars A Place to Escape - Take a Journey in the Forest 17 Jan. 2005
By E. Dian Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A riddle, a wise-woman, mystical acorns and a hermit-all are part of the mysterious journey a grandmother entrusts to her grandchildren Ben and Sara.

Grandma Daphne has died, and her Will includes secret letters and instructions to her daughter Lily's children. Daphne's greatest wish is for the family to live in her house adjacent to the Forest for one year, during which time she hopes Ben and Sara's tasks will lead their mother and father into the forest to find "the dearest freshness deep down inside."

First in a trilogy, author Cat Bordhi has set the stage for an ongoing adventure-quest acted out by Ben and Sara. Ben is a new teenager, with Sara close on his hills. Together, their special skills and knowledge, taught them by Grandmother Daphne, work towards the ultimate understanding of self and nature.

In this first book, young Sara turns up missing after a visit to the Forest. The characters introduced to complete this storyline are each interesting.

Daggett, a hermit who lives on the other side of the pond in the Forest and communes with ravens and coyotes.

Esther, a woman of wizardly skills who continues Daphne's story for Sara.

Rupert, an old friend of Daphne's, confined to a wheelchair and the owner of Matthias, the three-legged bloodhound Ben loves.

Thea, Rupert's daughter, who, with Matthias, joins the search for Sara, and trusts the instincts of Ben.

Archie, another friend of Daphne's.

Lily, Ben and Sara's mother, who is frightened of the Forest.

Peter, the father of Ben and Sara, who learns his children know more about the universe than he does.

Mystery surrounds each character and object in the book, from how to retrieve a treasure from beneath the pond without disturbing the water to the mystical qualities of seven, specially carved acorns. One of the seven acorns is in the wrong hands. Why does Daggett live in the Forest? Why is Lily afraid of the Forest?

One of the numerous unique story elements is a tree-house knitted from rope. Ben learns this skill from Rupert, and he uses it to help his mother continue to knit a special pair of socks for the missing Sara.

Listed as Young Adult Fiction, "Treasure Forest" is an adventure suitable for adult readers, too.

CAUTION: Parents should know that dangerous situations are described in detail in "Treasure Forest," such as falling into quicksand, escaping it, but liking it enough to want to do it again; using rope to climb steep cliffs, and venturing into areas the fictional parents told their children not to go.

I recommend for parents to read the book first and decide whether their child is mature enough to not go out and attempt any of the adventures described in the book. Though the information, if properly absorbed can save a life, please make sure your child is mature enough to apply the information with common sense.

That caution aside, the book is fascinating, the characters well drawn, and the setting one of endless secrets to discover.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90b3972c) out of 5 stars Lyrical, transformative, and unforgettable 5 Nov. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Books of breathtaking vision that will appeal to the young adults (and their grownups and some of their younger siblings as well) are few and far between. Thank heaven for Treasure Forest, a seminal work that deserves a place on the shelf beside T. S. Lewis, T. A. Barron, Ursula Leguin, and Phillip Pullman. Cat Bordhi’s bravura first novel teeters on the edge of bliss and fear—daring us to love a shadowy character whose intentions seem more than a bit dishonorable. Yes, we are afraid and uneasy for what may happen to young Ben and his sister Sara—and at the same time, we yearn for them to be free to roam in the great forest of life, unharmed yet gleaning a full and positive understanding of what it means to live in the present moment with open and accepting hearts. Bordhi’s sprawling imagination and keen attention to detail invite the reader to see and vividly experience such harrowing events as nearly drowning in quicksand, or discovering an underground lair so ingenious that it rivals the best of The Swiss Family Robinson’s efforts to survive on a desert island. While you might describe the writer’s style as lyrical realism shimmering with plausible touches of magic, she is also a fine nature-writer (her descriptions of ravens are particularly telling), all grounded in a profound sense of inner knowing. This quality doubtless reflects upon one of her inspirations, Eckhart Tolle, celebrated for his book, The Power of Now.
Spiritual, yes. Boring? Not for a minute. This novel brims with suspense, a complex cast of characters and highly innovative metaphors that prove to be both practical and mischievous. Wisely, Bordhi does not address all the questions implied in her fascinating tale, but permits her readers to witness and share the transformations of each character through their own eyes. I finished the book eager to know when the next piece of this trilogy in the making would be ready.
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