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“Warm and thoughtful, this story is told from the point of view of an ancient oak tree who has seen it all. Bestselling creator Katherine Applegate gets readers rooting for the old tree, At the side of the people and animals who come to rely on it. The shorter length and strong plot are appealing for middle grade readers who are growing into novels with less illustrated narrative and more complex subject matter.” – Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor
An Amazon Top 20 Children’s Books of 2017The New York Times-bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope. Trees can’t tell jokes, but they may be able to for sure 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. At the side of a crow named Bongo and other animals who are searching for refuge in Red’s hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood.You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new circle of relatives moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, this is Katherine Applegate at her very best―writing from the heart, and from a fully unexpected viewpoint.This book has Common Core connections.
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