Wishtree (Hardcover)

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Narrated by an ancient oak tree named Red who watches over the neighborhood and extends his branches every year for people to hang wishes on them. When a new family moves into the neighborhood, not everyone is welcoming. Samar befriends a local boy under the tree and together with hope -- and unknowingly, Red, they seek to make things okay for Samar and her family. Wishtree is the story of kindness and hope. A cast of animal characters bring this story to life. A timely, important and very accessible book. A small book with a big heart. Perfect for One Book, One School programs and book clubs. -- Kristen Gilligan, owner

— Kristen Gilligan

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate is another sweet story by this author of The One and Only Ivan. Narrated by a tree, this clever book tells of the happenings in a neighborhood. The tree's neutral point of view lets the reader decipher and judge the story as it unfolds. A very short read, but with a very positive message of hope. Would be a great read aloud for a classroom.

— Kelly S., School Librarian at St. Mary's of Littleton in Littleton, CO


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