Book Recommendation

Wishtree by Katherine A Applegate

Red, an oak tree, has seen quite a bit in his long life. He has offered shelter to animals and has become a gathering place as well as a wishtree. But for all that, Red has largely kept his thoughts and opinions to himself. However, a little girl's wish for a friend and a bit of graffiti carved into Red's trunk make him break the laws of nature to help the neighborhood come together again.

This is one of the best books for middle grade readers that was published in 2017. Applegate weaves beautiful language and layered characters, both animal and human, into a narrative that tugs at your heart. This is an incredibly empowering book for young readers with a compelling message.

 

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