Books We Love: wishtree

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Katherine Patterson’s latest book, wishtree, begins with the following dedication:

for newcomers


for welcomers

I can’t think of five better words to start readers off on an incredible journey. wishtree is a story told by Red, an oak tree that has been standing in a small community for over two hundred years. Red has seen many things: homes being built, kids walking to school, and the coming and going of animal and human families. Every year, people in Red’s community hang paper wishes on the tree’s many branches. Red has seen dreams come true, but when there is concern that the tree is going to be cut down, Red wants to grant one more wish to make a difference in the world before leaving it. Red’s going to have to find a friend for Samar, a girl whose Muslim family hasn’t been warmly welcomed into the community.

This book is for the young and the old, the pessimists and the optimists, the allies and the oppressed. If this book made its way into the hands of our nation’s leaders, I have to believe a change could be made.

We have an obligation to connect young readers with these stories. The books we put into children’s hands today determine how they choose to live their lives tomorrow. wishtree inspires us all to live our lives with kindness, decency, and a whole lot of hope.

wishtree will be released in September 2017 by Macmillian Children’s Publishing Group.

Note: I received an Advanced Review Copy of this book from Macmillian Children’s Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are my own. Thanks for reading!

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