Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Synopsis (from Amazon): Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories....

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree" - people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend, Bongo, and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood. 
You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever. 
Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, Wishtree is Newbery Medalist and New York Times best-selling author Katherine Applegate at her very best - writing from the heart and from a completely unexpected point of view.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! What a wonderful story.  Loved her book The One and Only Ivan as well.  I love how Red Oak and the animals brings two families (really the adults) to a common understanding that being different and being from different places is okay.  My neighbors have a huge tree that hangs into our yard - I now think that it watches over the neighborhood.  My neighbors must think I am crazy when I am outside and say hello to her (the tree).  She had such beautiful organ/red leaves this fall too.  

The Wishtree concept is so beautiful.  I work in higher education and think this idea would be so cool on campus.  

Beautiful story for all ages!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  Yes, I love her books.  She my review on The One and Only Ivan (need to write that review!).  I need to read Crenshaw.

Katherine Applegate is the author of THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. Her novel CRENSHAW spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, the award-winning HOME OF THE BRAVE, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists. 

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