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Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories...

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood.

You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.

Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, this is Katherine Applegate at her very best—writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpeced point of view.

On sale September 26, 2017

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Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan winner of the Newbery Medal. Her most recent novel for F&F Crenshaw, spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times bestseler list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone, Home of the Brave (also F&F) continues on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists. Katherine Applegate lives in Tiburon, California, with her family.

Make a wishtree event kit

Booksellers, create your very own in-store wishtree and authorless event kit with our 'Make a wishtree' event kit.

We'll provide you with ideas and materials needed to create a wishtree display for customers to (and booksellers!) to add their own wishes to.

  • Materials to help create your own in-store wishtree display
  • Fifteen Wishtree "wish" post-it packs
  • Reproducible activities
  • Promotional event signage

A downloadable version of the kit will be available later this summer.


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