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Katherine Applegate



A New York Times-bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope, and the winner of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award.

A New York Times Notable Book, 2017
A National Public Radio Best Book of 2017
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A Washington Post Best Book of 2017
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017
2018 ALSC/ALA Notable Children's Book

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

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. As the neighborhood wishtree, people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named 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 experience as a wishtree is 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 unexpected point of view.

"A beautifully written, morally bracing story that will leave its imprint on a reader of any age." — The New York Times Book Review

"This gentle yet powerful book is suitable for all ages...and its message remains more vital than ever." — BookPage