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The Secrets of Tree Taylor

Dandi Daley Mackall


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Thirteen-year-old Tree Taylor has two goals for the summer of '63:
 1. Experience her first real kiss. A kiss delivered by a boy. A boy who is not related to her. A kiss worth writing about. 
2. Become a famous writer. (Or, at least, write an investigative article that will land her the freshman spot on the Blue and Gold staff.)

So when a gunshot is fired right across the street, Tree knows this is the big story she's been waiting for. But the more she goes digging, the more secrets she uncovers, and soon she begins to wonder: When is it important to expose the truth? And when is it right to keep a secret?

“A simple story with surprising depth in its examination of truth and compassion.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise For The Secrets of Tree Taylor

"A thoughtful coming-of-age story about a girl learning to see beyond black and white." --Publishers Weekly

"A simple story with surprising depth in its examination of truth and compassion." --Kirkus Reviews

"Refreshing and engaging. . . . A delightful read from beginning to end." --VOYA

“Gentle and wise.” --The Bulletin
“Engaging . . . illustrating the deep questions conscious teens often face, which are as relevant today as they were in 1963.” --Booklist 
“Reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird. . . . This is a story that will stick with you for a long while after the cover is closed.” --Portland Book Review

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780375868979, 288pp.

Publication Date: May 13, 2014

About the Author

DANDI DALEY MACKALL has written many books for children and adults. She has held a humorist column and served as freelance editor, has hosted over 200 radio phone-in programs, and has made dozens of appearances on TV. She conducts writing assemblies and workshops across the U.S. and keynotes at conferences and young author events. Her YA novel with Knopf, The Silence of Murder, won an Edgar Award. Dandi writes from rural Ohio where she lives with her husband, three children, and their horses, dogs, and cats. Visit her at and