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.
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