Dubbed a robot by her emotionally unstable mother after she fails to manifest sufficient heartbreak over the death of their gerbil, Bea meets pale, withdrawn Jonah, maliciously called Ghost Boy by their peers.
Besides offering readers passion and suspense, Standiford raises thought-provoking questions about how far people should go for the sake of love and freedom.
(Click the title link above for more reviews.) A New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2012 The New York Times Book Review, June 17, 2012 "The Secret Tree" takes its rightful place in the now classic genre of "neighborhood kids" that began with Beverly Cleary....
Unless the guilty party confesses satisfactorily, her millions will go to charity (and not just any charity: Puppy Ponchos, which "provided rain ponchos for the dogs of people too poor to buy dog raincoats for themselves").
Thus begins a delightful tale in which the three Sullivan sisters pour their hearts, souls, and deepest secrets into letters to Almighty.
From a child, there is no higher praise than, "The ending was satisfying." And this one is.
"The Secret Tree" is a welcome addition to the canon....
Readers will laugh out loud and emerge from the story satisfied with the cheerful resolution.
Kirkus Reviews, December 18, 2013 A wish, a shared birthday and some theater magic transform the lives of two young teens.
Although Laura has been warned not to fall for Russian men, who might have ulterior motives, she is drawn to her mysterious rescuer and arranges to meet with him secretly.
Their rendezvous become increasingly frequent and intense, and the city that once seemed so bleak to Laura suddenly comes to life.
Although Lavenders and Scarlets birthdays are on the same day, their lives are polar opposites.