07 August 2012

Today's Read: The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford

What would you do if you discovered a note hidden in a tree in the woods? When 10-year-old Araminta (Minty) Mortimer unfolded the note she found, she read: "No one loves me except my goldfish." Because almost everyone she knew owned a fish, she put the paper in her treasure box to keep it safe.

The next day, my life was one sentence different than it had been the day before. I kept looking at people I was used to seeing every day, and I wondered whether they felt that nobody loved them except their goldfish. (p. 31)
The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford (Scholastic Press, 2012)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: Woodlawn Road neighborhood, Catonsville, Maryland
  • Circumstances: Minty discovers that someone is hiding notes in a tree in the woods, her friends seem to be maturing faster than she is, her older sister is rebelling, and there's a mystery to be solved
  • Characters: Minty, her best friend, the new boy, Minty's family, various neighbors
  • Themes: friendship, growing up, people's secrets, privacy, family
  • Audience and genre: middle readers, contemporary fiction, a bit of a mystery
  • Awards: Indie Kids Next pick for summer 2012; Washington Post KidsPost Summer Book Club selection; Scholastic Mother-Daughter Book Club selection


Daryl 8/7/12, 8:22 AM  

this one sounds like its perfect for my friend's daughter ... thanks!

C.M.Brown 8/7/12, 8:22 AM  

Thanks for sharing.

You will find mine here:

Irish 8/7/12, 8:27 AM  

This is both a really cute teaser and a sad one. Definitely interested in this book. Thanks for the teaser!

Jessica ( frellathon ) 8/7/12, 8:56 AM  

For young or not it sounds interesting so I will have to look it up

Preet @ A Written Rhapsody 8/7/12, 8:58 AM  

If this is a younger read, it sounds pretty deep. Great teaser.

Preet @ A Written Rhapsody

Meghan G 8/7/12, 9:12 AM  

This book looks great. Never heard of it before. I need to check it out. Thanks for sharing
Here is my TT

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow 8/7/12, 9:21 AM  

I like the sound of this one. Thanks for sharing. Here's MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

Nise' 8/7/12, 9:29 AM  

I've love How to say Goodbye in Robot so I will definitely pick this one up!

caite 8/7/12, 9:36 AM  

I don't even have a goldfish.. {{sob}}

Zibilee 8/7/12, 10:40 AM  

I think it would have been so sad to have found that note. I can't wait to hear your final verdict on this one.

Sandy Nachlinger 8/7/12, 10:58 AM  

Great teaser. I like your "Quick Facts" too -- a good way to tell a lot about the book without a long paragraph.
My teaser is from Hot Issues, Cool Choices.

Tribute Books Mama 8/7/12, 11:08 AM  

Sounds a little sad.


Beth Hoffman 8/7/12, 12:20 PM  

I suspect I would love this book!

bermudaonion 8/7/12, 1:41 PM  

This sounds good to me. I hope she figured out who left that note and let them know they are loved.

Sandy Nawrot 8/7/12, 1:49 PM  

I know that this story will turn out sweet. I just know it.

Maryellen 8/7/12, 1:58 PM  

very interesting and heartbreaking at the same time!


Julie P. 8/7/12, 3:35 PM  

I bet I'd love this one!

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