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Wishtree Hardcover – September 26, 2017
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Praise for wishtree:
A New York Times bestseller
A Publishers Weekly bestseller
A New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2017
A Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2017
A Boston Globe Best Children's Book of 2017
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Editor's Choice Selection
A NPR Best Children's Book of the Year
A BookPage Best Children's Book of 2017
A Powell's Books Best Kids' Books of 2017
A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Children's Books 2017
A Southern Living Best Children's Book of 2017
An Indie Next "Top Pick" Title
"A beautifully written, morally bracing story that will leave its imprint on a reader of any age." The New York Times Book Review
"The simplicity of Newbery Medalist Applegate's graceful novel contrasts powerfully with the prejudice it confronts. Narration comes from Red, an enormous red oak near an elementary school that also serves as a "wishtree" for the neighborhood―once a year,residents deposit wishes in Red's branches and hollows....Red'sopenhearted voice and generosity of spirit bring perspective gained over centuries of observation. It's a distinctive call for kindness, delivered by an unforgettable narrator."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Applegate introduces another quiet, resilient protagonist who -- like the cagedgorilla in The One and Only Ivan and the working-class boy in Crenshaw-- speaks movingly to a noisy, fractious world. -- The Washington Post
"The story's wit and humor keep it from being heavy-handed, as do vividportrayals of minor characters, especially Bongo, the sarcastic crow who is Red's best friend. This is a book made for family sharing anddiscussion."--Raleigh News & Observer
"Timely, necessary, and brimming with heart."-- Booklist, starred review
"Newbery Award-winning author Applegate meets high expectations in this taletold by a tree named Red, a red oak who is "two hundred and sixteenrings old." ... Another stunning effort from Applegate. This thoughtful read is a top choice for middle graders."--School Library Journal, starred review
"This swiftly moving yet contemplative read is great for early middle grade,reluctant or tentative readers, or precocious younger students. A deceptively simple, tender tale in which respect, resilience, and hope triumph."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review"
This gentle yet powerful book is suitable for all ages...and its message remains more vital than ever."--BookPage
"Inspires hope for positive change. Perfect for a powerful classroom read, Wishtree is another winner for Applegate."--Voices of Youth Advocates, starred review
________Praise for Crenshaw:
A New York Times Bestseller
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
"This accessible and moving novel demonstrates how the creative resilience of a child's mind cansoften difficult situations, while exploring the intersection ofimagination and truth." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A compelling and unflinchingly honest treatment of a difficult topic." ―School Library Journal, starred review
"The tone is warm and, occasionally, quirkily funny, but it doesn'tsugarcoat the effects of hunger and vulnerability." ―The Horn Book, starred review --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
About the Author
Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 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, Home of the Brave continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists. Katherine Applegate lives in Tiburon, California, with her family.
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Despite its unconventional narration, I found that my daughters remained riveted as we listened to Wishtree. I believe what makes this book shine is its accessibility. It has short chapters and the writing is straightforward. All levels of middle grade readers will be able to handle the writing and the themes, which focus on diversity, inclusion, kindness, and love. Exactly the themes our kids should be thinking and talking more about these days.
There is one word in Wishtree, one very simple word, that brought both my husband and I to tears. I won’t tell you what it is. You’ll know it when you get there.
Oh, my heart. This book is beautiful. I knew the instant I started reading it that I had to teach it. It's so powerful.
Red, a local oak tree, is the narrator of this tale. He is a Wishtree where people tie wishes, and his new neighbor, Samar, ha made a wish for a friend. She's new to town and Muslim and people are not treating her family well.
Through flashbacks that artfully parallel the era to the Irish and Italian immigration, more than a century before, we hear a tale of acceptance, bravery and loyalty told through the eyes of the community's longest and most loving resident....the tree.
A new Muslim family moves into the neighborhood and faces the ugliest side of human nature. The power of friendship, bravery, and history are woven together in this tale, part magic, part science, and all love. In Applegate's own words, there is a special kind of power in being able to stand tall and reach deep in all circumstances. Leave it to children's literature to teach us (adults and children alike) to be the very people we can be.
Review by Willa, 4th grade
Red is the neighborhood wishtree. This means that people get scraps of cloth and paper and write their wishes on them. Then they tie them to Red's branches. Some important people in the book are Samar, Stephen, Francesca, and of course Red. This book takes place in a small town with only a couple of houses. One day, a new family moves in and not everybody is welcoming. When this happens, Red's experience a wishtree is more important than ever. That's when he realizes he has a goal. In order to achieve that goal, he might have to break a rule or two. This book does not belong to a series, but Katherine Applegate has written many more great books like The One and Only Ivan, Crenshaw, Home of the Brave, and The Invasion. This is an amazing fiction book that is exciting, emotional, and very sweet.