Wishtree is beautifully written with a wonderful message


That is the only word that can describe Wishtree by Katherine Applegate ($23.99, Raincoast Books, Feiwel and Friends). For the first time in a long time, I actually cried while reading the story of Red, an old oak tree that has silently, to the humans anyway, watched as people wrote their wishes on pieces of cloth and tied them to her branches each May, wishing for peace or a robot that does their homework. Red has also sheltered countless animals within her branches and hollows, and it is with these animals she watches the neighbourhood and the changes that come as new people from new places come in and make the area home. And then the newest family moves in and not everyone wants them to stay.

“And Red’s experience as a ‘wishtree’ is more important than ever.”

Written for those ages 10 to 14, the book has a beautiful message that one we should all hear and remember.

A copy of this book was provided by Raincoast Books for an honest review. The opinions are my own.