The Secrets Of Tree Taylor by Dandi Daley MackallThe Secrets Of Tree Taylor by Dandi Daley Mackall

The Secrets Of Tree Taylor

byDandi Daley Mackall

Paperback | May 26, 2015

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Thirteen-year-old Tree Taylor has two goals for the summer of '63:
 1. Experience her first real kiss. A kiss delivered by a boy. A boy who is not related to her. A kiss worth writing about. 
2. Become a famous writer. (Or, at least, write an investigative article that will land her the freshman spot on the Blue and Gold staff.)

So when a gunshot is fired right across the street, Tree knows this is the big story she's been waiting for. But the more she goes digging, the more secrets she uncovers, and soon she begins to wonder: When is it important to expose the truth? And when is it right to keep a secret?

“A simple story with surprising depth in its examination of truth and compassion.” —Kirkus Reviews

From the Hardcover edition.
DANDI DALEY MACKALL has written many books for children and adults. She has held a humorist column and served as freelance editor, has hosted over 200 radio phone-in programs, and has made dozens of appearances on TV. She conducts writing assemblies and workshops across the U.S. and keynotes at conferences and young author events. Her ...
Title:The Secrets Of Tree TaylorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.69 × 5.25 × 0.62 inPublished:May 26, 2015Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375872949

ISBN - 13:9780375872945


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This book reminds me strongly of To Kill a Mockingbird in terms of their similar themes of a young girl questioning about the concept of justice and how a violent crime had made their eyes open up to the world. However, the two books are set in different periods as we learn from Teresa "Tree" Taylor's point of view of a man shot in her neighbourhood with evidence strongly suggesting his wife as the culprit. Tree decides to get closer to her so she can get information for an article that she was working on, however she is presented with the question of whether or not telling the truth will be benefitial as the circumstances surrounding the shooting comes to light. The characters were very well-written, as we explore a lot of character development throughout the book. However, I feel that the ending kind of came out of nowehere and did not really fit well with the story. Also, this book has an air of tragedy throughout the whole book, which kept me kind of sad for the duration. But it was very well-written and I highly recommand it :)
Date published: 2016-11-13

Editorial Reviews

"A thoughtful coming-of-age story about a girl learning to see beyond black and white." --Publishers Weekly"A simple story with surprising depth in its examination of truth and compassion." --Kirkus Reviews"Refreshing and engaging. . . . A delightful read from beginning to end." --VOYA“Gentle and wise.” --The Bulletin   “Engaging . . . illustrating the deep questions conscious teens often face, which are as relevant today as they were in 1963.” --Booklist  “Reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird. . . . This is a story that will stick with you for a long while after the cover is closed.” --Portland Book ReviewFrom the Hardcover edition.