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ONE SCHOOL, ONE BOOK 2020-2021 
Wishtree - Wishes on a Tree - #bookthoughts - Armed with A Book

WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW

Parents need to know that Wishtree is by Newbery Award winner Katherine Applegate (The One and Only Ivan), who brings her trademark sensitivity and humor to a thorny, topical subject. The central conflict is an instance of hate aimed at a Muslim family -- a boy carves the word "LEAVE" into their tree -- but Applegate handles the incident gently. We never meet the boy who did it, and the community uses the opportunity to express welcome for the family. Applegate has crafted this as a sweet friendship story and laced it with factual information about trees and animals. The story, narrated by a talking tree, also has talking animals, short chapters, and sweet black-and-white illustrations scattered throughout, making it a perfect choice for young readers.