Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

Katherine Applegate, author of the Newberry award winning The One and Only Ivan has brought us another touching story. Red is an oak tree, home to a crow named Bongo, and many other families from birds to squirrels to possums, who has been around for a long time and has seen many changes in this neighborhood. On Wishing Day, the first of May, each year the old oak is the recipient of wishes, written on scraps of paper or cloth and tied to his branches. Over the years Red has been a sounding board for the people and animals in his neighborhood. The trouble begins with a cruel word carved into Red’s bark about a new family, and continues with Francesca who owns Red’s plot of land, and decides Wishing Day and Red’s deep roots are too much bother, and Red must go. Give yourself a few moments to laugh, appreciate, and, maybe, cry a little. Wishtree is that good a book.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC APPLEGATE)

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