Shadow Forest

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Shadow Forest
Shadow Forest (Haig novel).jpg
Author Matt Haig
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Children's
Publisher The Bodley Head
Publication date
3 May 2007
Pages 416 pp
ISBN 978-0-370-32936-9
OCLC 81452950

Shadow Forest is a children's novel by Matt Haig, published in 2007. It won the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Gold Award,[1] was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize[2] and has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal.[3]


Samuel Blink is a 12-year-old boy living in England. He and his family, consisting of his ten-year-old sister, Martha Blink, his mum Liz Blink and his dad Steve Blink. They are going to a surprise place because it is Martha's birthday. Suddenly, a log falls on their car killing both their parents.

A week later, a letter comes from his Aunt Eda from Norway. The letter states that they will be coming to Norway the next day. They arrive at Norway and Samuel is not impressed. They get to a shop in Flam and all the villagers look at them with strange looks. They get to their new house, right next to the dreaded Shadow Forest, and Samuel has a feeling he has been there before. One evening Samuel is told the secret of Shadow Forest. Uncle Henrik had gone into the forest 10 years ago and never came out. One day Samuel goes up to the attic and finds a book, Creatures of Shadow Forest, and tucks it under his jumper. When he gets back to his bedroom Martha is gone.

 He went into the forest to search for his sister and encountered strange creatures which had been described in the book. He finally locates his sister and uncle.


An audio book version of Shadow Forest, read by James Daniel Wilson was released by Clipper Audio. It strayed slightly from the main storyline.