Wishtree (Hardcover)

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Red is an old oak tree with a story to tell. In addition to housing many animal families including skunks, owls, opossums, and a crow named Bongo, she serves as a wishtree for the neighborhood, a place where people can tie their hopes and dreams. Samar, a muslim girl, moves into the house next door and wishes for a friend. After 200 years of silently watching people make wishes, Red decides to break the rules and help Samar by making her wish come true. Despite claiming that trees don’t tell jokes, only stories, Red is a humorous narrator and interesting facts about trees and animals are woven through this story of friendship, belonging, and the power of community. 
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The New York Times-bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope.

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 a crow named 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 experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.

Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, this is Katherine Applegate at her very best--writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.

This book has Common Core connections.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250043221
ISBN-10: 1250043220
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: September 26th, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English