Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Zo and the Forest of Secrets by Alake Pilgrim ~ Blog Tour

Get lost in a forest of intense imagery, incredible creatures and an intriguing mystery that will leave readers searching for clues at every turn. There is no time to catch your breath in this galloping story of one girl’s quest to find answers about herself, her family, an abandoned research centre and the strange boy from the river.

Zo and the Forest of Secrets is the first in a new science fiction, fantasy series rich in nature, peril and the unusual. With metallic gnats, ravenous beasts and talking spiders – a continuous feeling of fear and the unknown runs through this story, perfect for readers who love to be on edge. The stakes are high in this life or death adventure.

Set on the northeast coast of Trinidad, this Caribbean story is a treat for the senses: from the fresh, colourful Friday market to the vibrant description of eccentric characters to the living, breathing rainforest that becomes even more frightening at night. Zo’s determination, strength and loyalty challenge her to find out why her mum’s new husband believes this is such a special place. Will she be able to face whatever is out there as well as the changes in her own life to discover the secrets of the forest?

Thank you to Knights Of & Ed PR for this exciting book! Be sure to follow the rest of the blog tour!

Zo and the Forest of Secrets, published by Knights Of is out on 2nd June, priced £7.99

Featuring unique characters, creatures, legends, and landscapes from the Caribbean,
and exploring themes of friendship, eco-consciousness and influenced by
Afrofuturism, this is a middle-grade debut not to be missed.

About the Author:
Zo and the Forest of Secrets was born from Alake Pilgrim’s love of the magical books that shaped her sense of wonder and possibility as a child, and the desire to create a character with her son’s tenacity and heart – he was very sick for most of the first two years of his life.


Alake Pilgrim writes from the uncanny islands of Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean, where people are connected to Africa, India, China, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, thanks to the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship, and an MA in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from New York University. Her stories have twice won the regional prize for the Americas in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition. They have been published by The Center for Fiction in New York, the Small Axe Journal, and in the ground-breaking international anthology New Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby (Myriad Editions and HarperCollins).

Zo and the Forest of Secrets is her debut children’s novel.

Click on the covers below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon or bookshop.org.

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Available to pre-order:

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