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The Secrets of Tree Taylor: Tree writes and learns about life

secret of tree taylorTitle: The Secrets of Tree Taylor

Author: Dandi Daley Mackall

Summary: Teresa “Tree” Taylor is growing up in the small rural town of Hamilton, Missouri. It’s 1963, and she has set two goals for the summer before her freshman year: to write an investigative journalism article that will get her a spot on the school newspaper, and to kiss a boy. So when a gunshot rings out of the creepy house across the street, she thinks this is the perfect opportunity to get her big story. But as Tree begins to learn more about her elderly neighbors, she starts to realize that other people’s secrets aren’t so easy to tell. This is a wonderfully inspiring and funny summertime story about a warm-hearted girl and the colorful characters – family, friends, and not-so-friends – that surround her as she embarks on a coming-of-age adventure that will teach her that truths are not always as simple as they seem.

I started reading it because it looked like a fun girly book. It ended up far exceeding those expectations!
I kept reading because I was drawn into the atmosphere of Hamilton, Missouri, and I wanted to read more about its people and their lives. Although the plot of the book was pretty predictable, my interest in the characters kept me reading.

If Tree was in a yearbook, she would be voted “best dancer” or “most likely to become a famous political poet.”

Six word summary: Tree writes and learns about life.

I would recommend this to dreamers and writers (thirteen-year-old girls or otherwise), anyone who likes small towns or the 1960s, and anyone who loves people. This book is full of great music and characters created with a realism that will leave you smiling about the human experience.

-Hannah, 16, Greenwood Teen Blogger


Greenwood TAB has your Book Horoscopes! September (Premier) Edition.

book starsMonthly Book Horoscopes: September

Are you at a loss for what to read this month?  Well, you’re in luck!  This is the first edition of a series of monthly book horoscopes: book recommendations based on your Zodiac sign.  All of the books on this list are awesome, so if you’ve already read your recommended book or finish it before the month is up, feel free to read a different one.  Happy reading!  🙂


Aries  Quarantine: The Loners by Lex ThomasLoners

This is the perfect read for a rebellious spirit like you!  Funny, action-packed, and somewhat frightening, this book takes place in a high school that has been cut off from the outside world due to the spread of a fatal virus that lies dormant in teenagers.  The kids trapped in the school must fight to stay alive until they are allowed to “graduate” by the machine standing guard at the door.  The first book of a series.

Taurus  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel

If you liked The Mortal Instruments series, then you should also read this book, the first of The Infernal Devices, which has the same concept but is set in 19th century England.  When Tessa Gray’s brother is kidnapped by demons, her paths cross with the Shadowhunters of London, and she learns that she is a Downworlder with an unusual power.  Also, this entire book is steampunk, which is fun.


Gemini  Stickman Odyssey: Book 1: An Epic Doodle by Christopher FordStickman

Your curiosity might get the best of you this month.  The fresh school year is a great time to let it take you into uncharted territory! Join the Stickman as he embarks on a journey out of his comfort zone on an epic and hilarious quest through Greek mythology. T his graphic novel is also the first book in a series.


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Book Shorts: Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones

Title:  Jasper Jones

Author:  Craig Silvey

Summary:  In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.

I started reading it because… it was on some “Best of 2011” list, so I ordered it.

I kept reading because… it was a thriller with some depth.

The setting is unique and so cool–1960s small-town Australia. It set the tone for the chilling, gossipy, racist locals and how Jasper Jones could be so misunderstood.
I read it all night and recommended it to friends when I was done.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: be accused of a crime that they didn’t commit.

Six Word Recap:  Aussie town thriller with forbidden peaches.

This book reminded me of To Kill a Mockingbird because… of the small town, racist folk dealing with a horrific crime.  In Jasper Jones, the main character refers to a lot of Western classic books and he compares his dad to Atticus Fitch.

How great is it?:  Jasper Jones got starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Horn Book, and School Library Journal. It is a 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor book.

So it’s not just me that liked it… a lot of fancy book reviewers did too.  🙂