A River Escape


Barkbiter Battle


Journey Into Climate Crisis


In the vast, wild land of Twigs trees are devastated by ferocious bark beetles, horrific firestorms destroy forests, melting glaciers flood lakes and valleys, and wildlife is in danger from the loss of their food and homes.

Suddenly thrust upon dangerous paths, one young Twig named Leaf and his forest friends discover their world has unexpected help. In the midst of disappearing habitats, beavers build mighty dams to control floods and quench wildfires. Bark beetles are battled against all odds. Rare trees are saved from extinction. Glaciers may shrink, but their precious water is not lost.  

At last a lesson is learned from the unexpected eruption of a mighty volcano

    ~ incredible adaption is possible. 

So Leaf and his loyal Twig friends stick together and battle to survive.  

Leaf & the Rushing Waters

A glacial lake bursts its ice dam and floods an
old growth forest! At once, stick creatures known
as Twigs are stranded in their mammoth tree
home. Desperate to help, two young Twigs, Leaf
and Rustle, fly away on a giant leaf to search for
a goliath and sinister leader of a beaver colony
named Slapper.  Soon a mysterious Twig and her
chipmunks join the quest, but the journey proves
even more treacherous.

Slapper must build a mighty dam, but will he
even try?

Leaf & Sky of Fire

 In a dying forest infested with swarms of bark
beetles, frightened stick creatures called Twigs
hide in a cave. A young Twig named Leaf
attempts a foolhardy rescue, but instead leads
them all into greater danger. In their darkest
hour a spirit bear stalks their steps and a
terrifying firestorm explodes! 

Yet, there is one passage south, if only the Twigs
discover it in time! 

Leaf & the Long Ice

An impish, stick creature called Leaf lives in a
giant, old tree beneath an ancient volcano and
its melting glacier. One day, Leaf’s young
brothers run away to play in the vanishing
snow, but soon the Twig twins are lost in a maze
of endless ice tunnels. With the help of a
grumpy hermit and feisty pika, Leaf searches
the blue tubes. 

But it is the rare beasts of the Long Ice who will
decide their fate!  

Leaf & Echo Peak

 A mammoth volcano rumbles a warning…
Twigs must escape when Echo Peak wakes up,
but all the forest paths are perilous. Many
Twigs take their chances by river, while others
dare the sheer cliffs of a gorge. Leaf and his
courageous friends risk the gloom of a snaking,
prehistoric lava tube, but deadly bats & vicious
moles block their way. 

Desperate Twigs must stick together for safety
lies only in the distant Red Forest to the west.  

About Us

Jo Marshall

  Jo Marshall lives in the Pacific Northwest near volcanoes, rainforests, and coastal wetlands. She is concerned about climate change impacting the wildlife and forests in this region, and so her timely, eco-literature novels describe this transforming world by means of fantastic adventures about impish, stick creatures called Twigs.

 Jo enjoys mysteries, puzzles, board games, and Big Band era music. She resides in Marysville, Washington with her family.

All rights to ‘Twig Stories’ art are held by the author, Jo Marshall.

Reach Jo at twigstories@gmail.com

D.W. Murray

D.W. Murray is an award-winning Disney and Universal Pictures artist whose screen credits include Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, and Curious George.  

An award recipient of the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators Gallery, his talent is also recognized by the 2004 Gold Aurora Award.

Mr. Murray was a scriptwriter for Big Ideas and the children’s animated series 3-2-1 Penguins.  He resides with his family in Florida.


Twigs are impish, stick creatures no taller than robins. Tiny leaves sprout from their arms and legs, and their toes are curly like roots. Their leafy hair and sparkling eyes reflect the colors of red cedars, emerald pines, silver poplars, and even orange huckleberries!

Courage, wits, and skill are all Twigs have to survive in the old forest. They make amazing tools – flaxen ropes, whistles carved from antlers, willow slingshots, and porcupine quill spears. Twigs carry tall sticks they call savers with gemstones on their tips.  Savers capture sunbeams to light up dark caves or burn whatever they strike!

Twigs try to protect their old forests and its wildlife. Would you like to join their exciting adventures?