November 9, 2017

Short & Sweet MG Review: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate ( Sept. 26, 2017)
Length: 224 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: The library.
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My Rating:

Goodreads Summary: 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 her crow friend 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 experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.

My Review

Wishtree in Three Words: Uplifting. Magical. Unique.

Wishtree is a wonderful story for readers of all ages. Applegate is a magnificant story teller. Told from the point of view of an old oak tree in lyrical prose makes for a beautiful story. Readers will get to meet the many animals that live in the tree, the grumpy lady whose land the tree resides on, and a sweet boy and a shy girl who are destined to become friends. This book explores the important issues of not judging people, to be accepting of everyone, and to be kind. This book couldn't have been published in a more timely fashion considering our current political climate.

The Bottom Line: It doesn't matter whether you buy your own copy or borrow one from the library, all that matters is that you give this book a read.


  1. I’ve read one other book by this author and I loved it — so this is definitely one I’d like to get to :)

  2. Replies
    1. It's a MUST read and only will take you maybe 2 hours tops!


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