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The Secret Tree

The Secret Tree

by Natalie Standiford
A sweet story of a tree that's filled with secrets. What is your secret?

Minty Fresh's neighborhood is full of mysteries. There's the Witch House, a spooky old farmhouse on the other side of the woods from where Minty and her best friend, Pax A. Punch, 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.
Ages
10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 5 - 7
Lexile Measure
510L
DRA
50
Guided Reading
T
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
256

About the Author

Natalie Standiford Natalie Standiford is the author of many books for teens and children. Her middle grade novel The Secret Tree "takes its rightful place in the now classic genre of 'neighborhood kids' that began with Beverly Cleary," said The New York Times, which named it a Notable Children's Book of 2012. Her young adult novels include How to Say Goodbye in Robot, Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters, and The Boy on the Bridge.

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