The Protectors’ Pledge

Award winning title: Third place in the 2016 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

A fast-paced adventure set deep in a Caribbean forest with a hero who must risk everything to save the forest and his village.

Age Range: 9-12Buy online at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million. Twelve-year-old JV can’t wait to spend his vacation exploring the Oscuros Forest. True, everyone in the village of Alcavere believes the Oscuros Forest is a place to be feared, inhabited by dangerous and magical beings. But JV is not afraid, even when his first trip into the forest brings him face-to-face with a mysterious creature.

Then the disappearance of one of their own shakes the village and JV joins the search. He finds himself deep in the Oscuros Forest on a rescue mission and committed to a promise, a promise which the Protectors of the forest insist he keeps no matter how dangerous things get.

Can JV complete his daring quest even as he uncovers in the process, a shocking secret that will force him to question everything he thought he knew?


“A fast-paced read featuring a smart, young protagonist…one whom readers will root for. McClean effectively infuses Caribbean elements into the text, including specific elements of Trinidadian folklore and culture.” Kirkus Reviews

“McClean is keeping Caribbean traditions and folktales alive in this thrilling adventure.” Tracey Baptiste, author of The Jumbies and the forthcoming Rise of the Jumbies

“Exciting and fun filled… emotionally alive with vivid, engaging characters, memorable scenes,… magic and light… beautiful prose…”  2016 Burt Award Judges


Baltimore Times April 28, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9978900-7-5

Third place winner in the 2016 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

Cover image by Ryan James

Publication Date May 6 2017

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