The narrator of this inspiring story is Red, a wise, optimistic oak who is affectionately known in the neighborhood as the “wishtree.” Each year on the first of May, people write down their hopes and tie it to one of Red’s branches. In two hundred and sixteen years, Red though has learned sometimes “there’s not much you can do except stand tall and reach deep.” But after Samar and her family move in and some neighbors are not welcoming, Samar shares her wish that Red feels moved to grant. Red makes the bold decision to intervene with the assistance of a pessimistic crow named Bongo and other tree-dwelling animals.
Wishtree is beautifully written with a powerful message of acceptance, friendship, and hope. Red reminds us that “real life, like a good garden, is messy” but it is so important to always keep the faith for a better future.
Pre-order your copy now, for it will be released on September 26, 2017. The publisher Macmillian is partnering with independent bookstores, schools, and libraries for a nationwide Wishing Day. For more information, click here.