Monday, November 6, 2017

Bibliophile's Corner

by Katherine Applegate

Amazon Description:
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.

My Thoughts:
Rarely does a middle grade novel make a statement with its point of view - but that's just what Ms. Applegate's recently released Wishtree did! Since I'm a bit of a nature buff, reading a tale from the perspective of an oak tree was wonderful. Who knew an oak tree could be so wise, or so warm? In addition to that, the Newbery Medalist once again brought her beautiful storytelling style to this extraordinary novel.
I highly recommend Wishtree to readers aged eight to twelve!

Click here to learn about the author, Katherine Applegate.

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