ALLISON AND THE TRAIL LESS TRAVELED – Thomas Farrell & Susan Farrell

Eleven-year-old Allison along with Karen, her park ranger mother discover a strange forest while searching for their lost dog. The two come upon a split in the trail they are following and must choose between taking “The Trail More Traveled” or “The Trail Less Traveled”. Through a rebellious act, Allison and her mother are separated and the young girl ventures down the less traveled trail. Aided by a nearsighted, vegetarian owl, a four-foot-long nightcrawler afraid of the dark, and a firefly that lost its flash, the four continue their search and find themselves in a land controlled by a sinister presence, known only as Beelzebat.

The story is based on Matthew 7:14. “But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” (NLT) Allison discovers it is dangerous whenever she leaves the trail she is on.