The Great Dimpole Oak by Janet Taylor Lisle

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An ancient oak tree has seen glory and tragedy—but nothing quite as spectacular as the showdown that’s brewing

For nearly a thousand years, the Dimpole Oak has towered over this small East Coast town, witnessing the passage of history: duels and revolution, lovers’ trysts and traitors’ hangings, victory parades and midnight conspiracies. The farmer who owns the land beneath the tree likes to tell stories of the murders and witch trials that took place in its shade. Local children play on the oak’s great roots and dig for buried treasure. The townsfolk plan a Dimpole Oak Day to celebrate their landmark. Meanwhile, far away in India, a swami has a holy vision of the oak, and begins a journey to find it. Back in Dimpole, two boys take inspiration from the blackguards and pirates of the old farmer’s tales, and challenge a local bully to a confrontation under the oak. As all these plots and plans converge, the mighty oak stands ready to witness another grand event. This ebook features a personal history by Janet Taylor Lisle including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s own collection.
 

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Janet Taylor Lisle's novels for young readers include five selected as Best Books of the Year by "School Library Journal": "Sirens and Spies", "The Lampfish of Twill", "Forest", "A Message from the Match Girl" (from the Investigators of the Unknown series), and "Afternoon of the Elves", a Newbery Honor Book. Her most recent title for Atheneum is "The Art of Keeping Cool", a "Horn Book" Fanfare title and winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.She lives with her family of the coast of Rhode Island. Stephen Gammell is the winner of the Caldecott Medal for his drawings in Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman. His art in Where the Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker earned him a Caldecott Honor award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Books award. Other books he has illustrated include Will's Mammoth by Rafe Martin, andDancing Teepees: Poems of American Indian Youth by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve.
 
Published January 29, 2013 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween. 102 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As imaginatively depicted in Gammell's fine drawings, an ancient tree represents a playground and possible site for buried treasure to local children;

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PW called this fable-like story beautifully orchestrated. Ages 8-12. (Nov.)

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PW called this fable-like story beautifully orchestrated. Ages 8-12. (Nov.)

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