The Forest in the Trees

The Forest in the Trees (Arbordale Publishing, Sept. 10, 2019) 
explores the hidden forest high in the coast redwood canopy. 
With informative sidebars, this adaptation of “The House That
Jack Built" introduces plants and animals living hundreds
of feet above the ground, in the tallest trees on earth—a lost
world virtually unexplored until the late 1990’s.
As a first-time author, I am excited to share both my book
and this amazing part of our iconic, old-growth
redwood forests.


"The Forest in the Trees creatively writes about the canopy of redwood trees which so few are able to see. The mix of poetic and catchy writing for a younger audience, as well as factual information for an older audience makes this book interesting and engaging for all ages. Everyone can learn something from this book. Ms. McLennan does a great job of capturing an accurate picture of life high up in a redwood forest." Deborah Zierten, Education & Interpretation Manager, Save the Redwoods League

"High among the coast redwoods, there exists a world within a world.
These towering giants known as redwood trees, which line a stretch of land that hugs the Pacific Ocean, hold various other plant and animal life “high in their branches, hundreds of feet above the ground.” Called a canopy, this secluded world is home to shrubs such as elderberry and gooseberry and ferns mats “soggy and heavy,” as well as sow bugs and pill bugs, “the only crustaceans that live on land,” and Humboldt flying squirrels. McLennan’s trunks-to-lichens tour of the redwoods takes readers on a vivid voyage of discovery…One narrative thread is carried in “House That Jack Built”–like verse that grows the further readers delve in; each page turn brings in a new image to name, a new shade of color to the hidden world. The other narrative, meanwhile, offers up facts for readers, interpreting each pictorial scene in reader-friendly scientific terms….Thanks to the vibrant, earthy pictures, the redwoods’ immensity and swarming life of the canopy are the highlights. Backmatter aimed at sparking “creative minds” adds opportunities to consider further. A busy redwood outing that will...stir readers’ curiosity." Kirkus Reviews

Visit Arbordale Publishing's page for the book
Here's what you'll get for your time:
1. A free copy of the paperback before it releases.
2. Exclusive access to the book launch Facebook page, where we’ll share promotion ideas and event information.
3. A special mention here and on the book's Facebook page, with a link to your website, blog, or anything else you'd like me to promote.
4. Chances to win a gold redwood cone pendant necklace, greeting cards, and any other "swag" I come up with between now and the end of the year.
5. My undying gratitude

What I’m asking from you:
1. Read and review the book online (e.g. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and/or your blog). I will send a few instructions for making  sure Amazon does not delete your review.
2. Help come up with promotion ideas (I'm open to anything).
3. Spread the word any way you can in September (when the book launches) and attend an author event if you're in the area.