Cathelin’s Mystical Forest is a heart felt and compelling novel about the experiences of a teenager who has Down Syndrome, growing up in 16th century Scotland.She grows from a young teenager into an older woman following her dreams while facing life’s adversities. This novel will bring tears to your eyes every time you read it.Cathelin lives in a time when people born with disabilities were kept away from the society, but Cathelin’s mind wants more than inside the walls of her castle home, and upon finding a secret door she embarks on a journey towards a life that no one expected would ever happen.Cathelin has been given a gift, which she realises she has while on her first adventure, she can communicate with the animal kingdom and fairies, they make her feel loved and wanted. She learns about trusting her abilities, overcoming her fears, and being confidant in her beliefs that she can achieve anything in her life.She inherited this gift from her aunt, whom she is soon sent to stay with. Her aunt loves Cathelin for who she is and recognizes in her the potential that she can be anything she wishes with love and guidance.Cathelin makes many friends on her journey, from the animal kingdom to people of many walks of life. One man who helps her will mean more to her than she could ever imagined. As part of her journey she learns all about living, overcoming fears and shyness, illness, healing, marriage, birth, and death.As Cathelin’s parents hear about the changes and transformation, they overcome their own prejudices as Cathelin’s life moves forward.This novel is to let our young people know that no matter what disability they may or may not have, how they look like, how they act, they can achieve anything that they want.