Eco-Fantasy Novel Wins Literary Awards

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Part fantasy quest, part nature writing, "Southcrop Forest" wins Best Book--Eastern Canada, and Honorary Mention--Fantasy, Reader Views Literary Awards, 2009.

There has never been a book like this. Makes you see nature in a fresh way

"Southcrop Forest" is a new genre of environmental writing. The book's unique blend of fiction and non-fiction makes it an entertaining educational resource. It is steeped in nature, science and history, made accessible through an engaging, Tolkienesque narrative. A menagerie of plants and animals parades across its pages. Biodiversity loss, deforestation and climate change are central to the plot. Concepts in ecology and evolution are explored throughout.

Author, Lorne Rothman states, "I wanted to write an exciting, mythical fantasy but one in which all the creatures and places are real. I wanted to help kids see the nature that's all around us before it disappears and then we forget that vast forests once covered the land."

Readers agree he succeeded. "Every once and a while a new book comes along that changes the compass of writing. "Southcrop Forest" sets a new standard for ecological literature," says Susan Feathers of WriteForChange. "It should be required reading for all youth--a textbook and a legend for a new generation."

"Intriguing, inspiring and enlightening. There is something for every age," observes Richard Blake for Reader Views. "An ideal resource for the school reference library."

"There has never been a book like this. Makes you see nature in a fresh way," says

"Should be in as many libraries as possible, and each and every school library in English-speaking countries," says Michael Smith of the Green (Living) Review.

"Southcrop Forest" was also named an Award-Winning Finalist for Nature Writing in the National Best Book Awards, 2008, USA Book News.

About the Author
Lorne Rothman holds a Ph.D. in Zoology and studied ecology at the Universities of Toronto, British Columbia and Alberta. He lives in Toronto, Canada. "Southcrop Forest" (ISBN 9780595495887, iUniverse, 2008) (ISBN, Press, 2008) can be purchased through local and online bookstores.

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