Monday, July 16, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Secret Tree (with ARC giveaway!)

Ahhhhh. Every now and again a quiet book meanders across your path. It doesn't scream or wave its arms at you, of course, or even whistle. It simply whispers its way into your heart. The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford is one such whispering book. Since I won an ARC from Rosi Hollinbeck, I'd like to pass it on to one of you. Giveaway details are at the end of this post.

The premise: Summer in Minty's neighborhood is full of the usual things: the Witch House across the woods, the Mean Boys, roller derby, and Minty's best friend Paz. But when Minty chases a flash in the woods, she discovers the Secret Tree. Its hollow trunk contains slips of paper with the secrets of Minty's neighbors written on them. And a new boy, Raymond, helps Minty unfold the mysteries of the secrets.

What keeps readers reading: Unraveling the secrets. There is no doubt about that. Minty and Raymond spend a chunk of their summer matching the secrets to each of their neighbors, and in the process they discover there is always more than meets the eye to any situation or any person.

What I loved: (Other than its quietness) --The friendships. There are ups and downs and discoveries about what makes a real friend and just what a real friend will do for you.

To enter the ARC giveaway for The Secret Tree simply comment on this post by Sunday, July 22, 2012, by 8pm CDT. As usual, blog followers will be entered in the drawing twice! Winner announced on Monday, July 23rd.

For more middle grade recommendations, visit the links at Shannon Messenger's blog. 
Happy middle grade reading! 
 

32 comments:

  1. I remember coming across this gem in the bookstore not long ago. It was hard for me to walk away from it. Just something about the premise and the cover got to me or maybe my much younger other self.
    I hope I win but one way or the other I will get my hands on this precious before the end of summer :)
    Thanks for this feature Barbara. Now I'm off to feed baby.

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  2. This sounds like a good book, especially the part about trying to uncover the mysteries. I'll let someone else win because my TBR pile is a bit out of control.

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  3. I love the title of this book! I enjoy reading books with mysterious elements -- thanks for sharing!

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  4. I'm all for the book! Sounds really good, and I've got the middle grade audience built in here at home with my 11 year old!

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  5. Ooh, love the sound of this book--gotta love anything with mysteries to unravel, big or small! The friendship angle makes it all the more appealing to me. My favorite books almost always seem to focus on the theme of friends in some way!

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  6. I really like the cover - it's sad how much stock I put into the cover of a book! Another great review Barbara!

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  7. This sounds like the kind of book I would have loved as an eight year old. I was big into mysteries.

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  8. I love the sound of this book - I can think of several students who would enjoy something just like this. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. It sounds like such a fun book! There are too many out there, gah!

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  10. Oh, I'd love to read this one with my 12-yr-old daughter:-)

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  11. This sounds really sweet. I can imagine the connections that would be forged sharing secret knowledge!

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  12. This book sounds like it has that subtle quality to it, and my 12yo might like it as he is always leaving mysterious notes around the house. I like the cover too!

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  13. Nice review, Barbara! I just want to add how much I enjoyed the book, too. Don't enter me in the drawing, though. That would just be silly!

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  14. It sounds like a book both me and my daughter would enjoy :)

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  15. Fantastic review! This book sounds wonderful and I really like the cover. Thanks for offering the giveaway. I am your newest follower (Jess/Fairday/DMS- Google changes it from time to time for some reason- so any of the three).

    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

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  16. It sounds lovely. It sort of reminds me of a book about wishes I read a few years back.

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  17. I love those quiet, engaging books that steal your heart. I'm adding it to my TBR.

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  18. I really enjoyed this book and now my nine year old is reading it.

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  19. Oooo, this one sounds great! I hadn't heard of this one before now!

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  20. Ah, I have an ARC of this in my TBR stack (so please give it away to someone else). Just haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but I love quiet books. I expect to have more reading time come October or November...

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  21. I'd be happy to win this one. It reminds me of Sharon Shinn's The Secret-Keeper's Daughter, which I suspect you would like. (I reviewed it on my blog a while back.)

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  22. I love quiet books; those are the ones to slowly savor. :)

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  23. This sounds like my kind of book, Barbara. Thanks for another great recommendation!

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  24. "whispers its way into your heart" What a great description. I love it when books do that.

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  25. Sounds like a sweet, special book.

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  26. This sounds fun. I love when a book of fiction has notes, journal entries, letters, emails, etc... breaking up the narrative.

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  27. This sounds wonderful--a book that whispers messages that have meaning. <B What's not to love about that?

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  28. The premise of this book raises so many questions to me, having always lived in neighborhoods where our neighbors are friendly, but private - just can't imagine a scenario like this but it's fascinating! Oh, it just occurred to me, is it neighbor kids that are stashing their secrets? That might make more sense than adults?? Hmmmm....

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  29. Best of luck to all interested in the drawing! This is truly a different type of quiet book than what is usually considered a quiet one.

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  30. I love books about secrets and figuring out who people really are, so this sounds great. This is such a unique cover, too.

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  31. Oh my, this book sounds very beautiful! I love the title, and I think I'm going to enjoy meeting the characters. Unraveling secrets always make amazing books. :)

    Thank you for the amazing giveaway! :)

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