Wishtree

By: Katherine Applegate

An oak tree and a crow help their neighbors embrace their differences. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9781250043221

JLG Release: Nov 2017


Sensitive Areas: Racial prejudice
Topics: Toleration , Trees , Crows , Wishes , Friendship , Animals

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Awards & Honors

2018-2019 Black-Eyed Susan Award Winner, Grades 4-6
Indian Paintbrush Book Award 2018—2019 Nominee Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award 2018—2019 Nominee Keystone to Reading Award 2018—2019 Nominee Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Awards 2019 Nominee 2018 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Winner, Middle Reader
Buckeye Children's Book Award 2018 Nominee 2019 North Carolina Children's Book Award Final Nominee ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2018, Middle
Capitol Choices 2018, Seven to Ten
ILA Teachers' Choices - 2018
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017, Middle Grade
Amazon.com Best Books of 2017, Ages 9–12
Goodreads Choice Awards 2017, Middle Grade and Children’s
The New York TimesNotable Children’s Books of 2017, Middle Grade
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Fiction for Older Readers
Brightly Best Children’s Books of 2017, According to Kids
Booklist Top of the List Editor’s Choice, Fiction Middle Readers
Los Angeles Public Library Best of 2017: Children’s Books
NPR’s Book Concierge, 2017 Great Reads
The Washington Post Best Books Children’s Books of 2017, Fiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Horn Book

Applegate’s contemplative novel on the theme of tradition and the necessity for change is narrated by Red, a 216-year-old oak tree that serves as a community’s “wishtree.” “Every year on the first day of May, people come from all over town to adorn me with scraps of paper, bits of fabric, snippets of yarn, and the occa Applegate’s contemplative novel on the theme of tradition and the necessity for change is narrated by Red, a 216-year-old oak tree that serves as a community’s “wishtree.” “Every year on the first day of May, people come from all over town to adorn me with scraps of paper, bits of fabric, snippets of yarn, and the occasional gym sock. Each offering represents a dream, a desire, a longing.” When an ugly act of Islamophobia (and vandalism of Red) threatens the neighborhood idyll, Red, along with crow buddy Bongo, rallies support—both animal and human— for newcomer Samar’s family. Kind Samar, in turn, helps Red, who’s facing the hatchet. Interspersed chapters provide the backstory of a nineteenth-century foundling and give historical resonance to the theme of community prejudice and acceptance. It’s a stretch to have a protagonist with no actual voice or physical action, but Applegate pulls it off with good-natured aplomb. Intriguing botanical facts are dotted throughout the story (Red is monoecious, having both male and female flowers); how various species name themselves is a resilient running joke. Bongo’s touch of cynicism balances the wise elder’s tendency toward pontificating, and Applegate boldly does an end-run around the fact that Red doesn’t speak to humans. Short chapters and a clear, unadorned writing style invite reading aloud. sarah ellis

Book Details

ISBN

9781250043221

First Release

November 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

7 1/2" x 5 1/4"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.2; Points: 3;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.3; Points: 6;

Lexile

Level 590L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Feiwel & Friends

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Racial prejudice

Topics

Toleration, Trees, Crows, Wishes, Friendship, Animals,

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