Mystic Forest (Star Friends)

Mystic Forest (Star Friends)
Co-Authors / Illustrators
  • Kim Barnes
Publisher Name
Tiger Tales
Age Range
Release Date
September 05, 2023
In this newest installment of the Star Friends series, Mia and her friends Lexi, Violet, and Sita go on a camping trip. But when strange things start happening, the girls suspect that there's some kind of magic at work. Can they figure out what it is? With black-and-white illustrations throughout.

Mia, Lexi, Sita, and Violet are going to a forest camp for the weekend. Violet isn't too excited about being in the woods, but the other girls reassure her that it will be fun. There's going to be so many fun activities, from tent-building to going on scavenger hunts. And it's going to be even better with their Star Animals! Then strange things start happening, and the girls wonder if there could possibly be some kind of magic at work. Can they figure out what it is? With black-and-white illustrations throughout.

In the Star Friends chapter book series, Mia and her friends Lexi, Sita, and Violet all discover that they are Star Friends -- they can communicate with the animals that have traveled from the Star World. The animals show the girls how to use their unique magic abilities to do good. A whole world of magical adventures awaits!

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Camping, Friends, and Fun
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Mia and her friends are off to a camp in this latest adventure. They make sure they get a tent together because they all have magical animal friends that they can bring out when they are alone. Violet is new to camping and the most nervous. There are a series of mysterious and not very nice events that take place making the friends search for dark magic. When none can be found the answer is something new that was unexpected.
This story is good for elementary readers ready for a longer chapter book with less illustrative support. None of the words are too challenging but it will require the ability to focus on a longer text to fully enjoy. I thought the mystery of who is doing the mean pranks would be straightforward but did have a surprising twist that was fun.
One thing that I felt could be better is that the story felt like it was telling more than it was showing. I didn’t feel like I knew the characters very well or the extent of their magical powers, but it is the ninth book in the series so maybe more individual attention to explore their personalities was done in other books.
Some of the activities I found surprising because while fun, they go against the current nature ethics being taught. In scouts and when you go into nature there are signs about taking only pictures and leaving everything else alone. Yet, in this story, the campers build fort structures with found materials and go on a nature scavenger hunt to collect things to bring back. Since that does not reflect current practices, I wish it had included different activities or a better explanation of why it was okay for where they were.
Overall, this was a story about good friends, magical pets, and a mystery that will be a fun read for Elementary-age readers especially girls around Grades 1-3.

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