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About the Author

Willo Davis Roberts wrote many mystery and suspense novels for children during her long and illustrious career, including The Girl with the Silver Eyes, The View from the Cherry Tree, Twisted Summer, Megan’s Island, Baby-Sitting Is a Dangerous Job, Hostage, Scared Stiff, The Kidnappers, and Caught!. Three of her children’s books won Edgar Awards, while others received great reviews and other accolades, including the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Georgia Children’s Book Award.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689717849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689717840
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "karcy" on June 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a great story, one of Willo Davis Roberts best, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a suspensful tale.
Rob's family is very pre-occupied with his sister, Darcy, and her upcoming wedding. Rob pretty much stays out of their way, up in his favorite spot, a limb in his cherry tree. It is there that he sees old Mrs. Calloway get murdered. No one likes the old woman, and everyone seems to think it was an accident. But Rob knows it wasn't and he proves it too. Who was it that murdered old Mrs. Calloway? And will Rob be the next victim since he saw a distinguishing mark on the killer's body? Read the story and find out. I have read the book several times and enjoy every time even though I know what happens.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book was simply awesome. When you find out who murdered Mrs. Calloway, you'll be amazed. It's wonderfully written. Everyone read this book. Action-packed and fullfilling, it speaks to you. You know the characters. The author makes them come alive. Your imagination will run away WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
The View from the Cherry Tree is mainly about a kid named Robby (Rob) who witnesses a murder while in a Cherry tree inhis yard next door. After a short disagreement someone with large hands shoves the Crabby Mrs. Calloway out the window. Now, with his sisters wedding coming up in a few days and relatives crashing in their house unexpectedly he is trying to convince the police, his parents, and anyone that it wasn't an accident. He is determined to prove that she was murederd. Soon this isn't his only problem. Someone is trying to shut him up from trying to tell anyone the truth. Pots mysteriously "fall" by themselves, almost getting hit by a .22, and his chicken is poisoned. Someone is out to get him. This book has a lot of suspense in it for mystery lovers. I thought it was a very good book because it was well written with lots of detail. If your not very interested in mystery books maybe this one will change your mind. when I read this book in class I couldn't wait till the next day when we would read it again. If you pay close attention you may even find out who the murderer is before Robby. If you like looking for clues and reading mysteries I recommend this book. It's also a really good read aloud for classroom teachers who are looking for a good book. I liked this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Green VINE VOICE on November 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Life around the Mallory home is hectic with the upcoming wedding of Rob's sister, Darci. So hectic that no one pays much attention to Rob - except when he gets in trouble. So, while sitting in the cherry tree he hears mean old Mrs. Calloway arguing with someone right before she gets pushed out the window, the strap on the binoculars around her neck catching on a tree branch, hanging her right in front of him. The problem is that no one belives him when he tells them she was murdered. No one, except the murderer.

A favorite from my childhood, my 10 year old son and I recently read this and we both loved it. The mystery is tense and enough to keep even reluctant readers interested and reading right to the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia on April 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
I read this book probably 30 years ago and just remember that up until that point, it was one of the best books I ever read. I remember that this book was the book that convinced me that reading was fun because it surprised and scared me a little bit, drew me into it---it was one of the first books I read where I felt I was in danger along with the protagonist. After that I started devouring books- especially mysteries. Now that I have a young son (still too young to read), I've been looking for a copy of this book (I'd like to get it in e-format) because it might have the same effect on him some day! As someone who read it when I was young, I am confident that parents can discount the reviews that complain that the content is too mature (and I was a sheltered and naïve, so I probably would have been pretty affected if it was too adult).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a boy named Rob who has this mean and mysterious neighbor who he likes to watch from a cherry tree in his backyard. Rob's sister Darcy is getting married this weekend and everything is chaotic. Then one day when Rob is watching his neighbor and his cat S.O.B runs towards his neighbor's window and she sees him and tries to attack the cat. Then all of the sudden a pair of big hands pushed her out the window. Then everything turns into a great and suspenseful mystery.

I liked this book. It has a good mystery and a good plot. The only problem is it's slow to get to the point, but once you get there you cant put it down. Someone who is a fast reader would love this book. A slow reader would kind of like it. I say that this book is for kids nine to thirteen.

TANK
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
It is very mysterious, it keeps you hanging. It is a very very good story. If you like mystery books like me, you'll enjoy this one without a doubt!!1
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Overall an ok book. I could have done without the animal cruelty - S.O.B being hit in the tail when Rob is shot at and the other cat being poisoned. The book is infuriating at times - when the mother refuses to listen to what Rob has to tell her even though Rob makes it clear to her that it important, when the mother threatens to slap Rob, when the parents don't do anything after Mrs. Calloway beats Rob with a brook, when the parents get mad at Rob after he tries to get back at Mrs. Calloway with a prank, etc. The book is very slow moving and it takes forever for the murder to actually take place. This book is not appropriate for Elementary School kids. It is more suited for kids in Middle School. The ending was worst ever. We never get to see Rob's parents and relatives apologize to him for not having listened. We never get to see what actually happens to murderer after being arrested. The author could have added on more chapter to tie up the loose ends.
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