Tales from Farlandia: Ozette's Destiny by Judy Pierce
Ozette, a rare white squirrel, flees Earth World when she is wrongly blamed for the destruction of the animals' beloved forest simply because she is different. Clutching only a golden acorn, which was gifted to her by her grandmother, Ozette escapes to Farlandia, a magical kingdom where her grandmother has said the young squirrel will find her destiny.
With innate innocence and sweetness, Ozette quickly forms close friendships with the residents of Farlandia including zany elves, fairies and animals, and soon finds herself tapped to be the caretaker of this old-growth forest. Forging strong alliances through life's challenges, Ozette and her magical friends will have you laughing and crying as you follow them through adventures that will warm your heart with gentle lessons of kindness, loyalty, and self acceptance.
Originally from Washington state, Judy Pierce earned her master's degree from the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University. She moved to the southeast and taught mass communication courses at the university level.
Her interest in herbs led her to teach adult education classes on their uses, and she has published extensively on incorporating herbs in cooking, medicines and cosmetics. She was instrumental in expanding a conservation education program for the island of Guam where she published numerous articles on the environment.
Judy's writing is influenced by her love of nature and work with Bichon Frise rescue and wildlife rehabilitation. When she's not writing, she loves to garden, bicycle, hike, camp, photograph white squirrels, and visit family on the West Coast. Judy lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband and three rescued Bichon Frises.
She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.