The Secret Tree

By Natalie Standiford
(Scholastic Press, Hardcover, 9780545334792, 245pp.)

Publication Date: May 2012

List Price: $16.99*
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Kids' Next List
“Minty Mortimer loves being a kid. She loves roller derby, hanging out, and annoying her older sister, Thea. Minty's best friend, Paz, is ready to embrace middle school and a new grown-up image. She wants to impress the cool seventh graders, and she is becoming cruel to Minty. The Secret Tree tells the story of Minty's last summer as a little kid and Paz's first summer as a big kid. Unfortunately for their friendship, it's the same summer. Every fifth grader needs to read this book. So much heartbreak could be avoided if kids could only see the secrets in their friends' hearts.”
-- Elizabeth Anker, Alamosa Books, Albuquerque, NM


Description

A sweet story of a tree that's literally filled with secrets.

What is your secret?

Minty's neighborhood is full of mysteries. There's the Witch House, a spooky old farmhouse on the other side of woods from where Minty and her best friend, Paz, live. There's the Man Bat, a seven-foot-tall half man, half bat who is rumored to fly through the woods. And there are the Mean Boys, David and Troy, who torment Minty for no reason, and her boy-crazy older sister, Thea, who acts weirder and weirder.

One day Minty spots a flash in the woods, and when she chases after it, she discovers a new mystery--a Secret Tree, with a hollow trunk that holds the secrets of everyone in the neighborhood. Secrets like:

I put a curse on my enemy. And it's working.

I'm betraying my best friend in a terrible way.

No one loves me except my goldfish.




About the Author
Natalie Standiford does not speak fluent Robot, but she knows Maryland like the back of her hand, having grown up there and coming from a long line of Marylanders. How to Say Goodbye in Robot is her first novel for Scholastic Press. She lives in New York City.
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