The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford

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...some may say the book has its contrived circumstances and unrealistically happy ending...
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A sweet story of a tree that's literally filled with secrets.

What is your secret?

Minty's neighborhood is full of mysteries. There's the Witch House, a spooky old farmhouse on the other side of woods from where Minty and her best friend, Paz, 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.
 

About Natalie Standiford

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Natalie Standiford does not speak fluent Robot, but she knows Maryland like the back of her hand, having grown up there and coming from a long line of Marylanders. How to Say Goodbye in Robot is her first novel for Scholastic Press. She lives in New York City.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Scholastic Inc.. 261 pages
Genres: Children's Books.
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Reviewed by Lisa Von Drasek on Jun 15 2012

...some may say the book has its contrived circumstances and unrealistically happy ending...

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