What book has people walking on top of forests?
April 25, 2010 2:05 AM   Subscribe

Help me identify a book from my childhood with people walking on top of a forest.

I checked a book out from my school library in the early 90s. As I recall, it was a fairly standard kids adventure in some fantasy land, with a lot of traveling that world (on foot), through mountains and forests. The only thing that sticks out is that at one point the main character and companions climbed to the top of a forest and walked on top of the trees, possibly because the forest or maybe even the entire world was flooded.
posted by unrulychild to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Not exactly what you describe, but I immediately thought of Midworld by Alan Dean Foster. One of my favorite books from childhood.
posted by rglasmann at 4:38 AM on April 25, 2010

It's been ages since I read this, but was it perhaps Below the Root by Zilpha Keatly Snyder?
posted by cider at 5:08 AM on April 25, 2010 [2 favorites]

Hothouse, by Brian Aldiss?
posted by Joe in Australia at 6:46 AM on April 25, 2010

I also came in to suggest Below the Root (and its companion books, And All Between and Until the Celebration). In these books, the whole society lives in the trees because they've been told for generations that the ground is dangerous, and that there are creatures that will kill them on the surface.
posted by ocherdraco at 7:47 AM on April 25, 2010

Enid Blyton's Faraway tree series?
posted by dhruva at 8:28 AM on April 25, 2010

Hothouse seems like the closest match so far, with all the journeying through different parts of the world. But I don't think it was sci-fi at all.
posted by unrulychild at 12:11 PM on April 25, 2010

Wait a sec - could it possibly be Jane's Adventures In and Out of the Book?

I can't find a good link for this, but Jane lives in mostly-empty Curl Castle with her rather absent parents and the house cleaner, Mrs Deal, who cleans the miles of corridor on a motorized vacuum ("hoover"). Jane finds a huge book in an abandoned room and reads a couplet she finds on a piece of paper -
"Shut eyes, do not look, close your pages on me, book."

The book takes her to a lot of fantasy worlds, including one where everyone lives in trees.
posted by Joe in Australia at 3:43 PM on April 25, 2010

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