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Title:
The Angel Tree
Author:
Benedis-Grab, Daphne, author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
246 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square and people tie wishes to it, but nobody knows where the tree comes from--but this year four children are determined to solve the mystery of the Angel Tree.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
890 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.7 7.0 169502.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.7 11 Quiz: 63516.
ISBN:
9780545613781
Format :
Book

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Summary

A heartwarming Christmas mystery and friendship story!

Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square - the Angel Tree. Some people tie wishes to the tree, while others make those wishes come true. Nobody's ever known where the tree comes from, but the mystery has always been part of the tradition's charm.

This year, however, four kids who have been helped - Lucy, Joe, Max, and Cami - are determined to solve the mystery and find out the true identity of the town's guardian angel, so that Pine River can finally thank the person who brought the Angel Tree to their town.

This is a heartwarming Christmas mystery, full of friendship, discovery, and loads of holiday cheer!


Author Notes

DAPHNE BENEDIS-GRAB grew up in a small town in upstate New York where Christmas was always her favorite holiday. She is the author of Alive and Well in Prague, New York , a young adult novel. She has worked a variety of jobs including building houses for Habitat for Humanity in Georgia, organizing an after-school tutoring program in San Francisco, and teaching ESL in China. She now lives in New York City with her husband, two kids, and a cat, and still looks forward to celebrating Christmas every year.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Every December, the Angel Tree is set up overnight to greet the town of Pine River at dawn. No one knows who is behind this annual event, but the townspeople attach their wishes to the tree, knowing that somehow they will be fulfilled. Needing to express their gratitude, an unlikely quartet of middle schoolers join forces to discover the generous soul behind the Angel Tree. Cami, a violinist, struggles with doubts about the value of her talents. Max, the school prankster, hides his efforts to read. Lucy, blind from birth, feels she is in the way and slows everyone down. Joe, new to town and friendless, internalizes his concern for his mom fighting overseas. The Rockwellian-with-issues setting enhances the cozy small-town feel, though elder characters are a bit stereotyped and not much varied. Nevertheless, this is a pleasant story in which kids learn life lessons from one another. Part mystery and part holiday high jinks, this will be a little gift to readers who enjoyed Dean Pitchford's Nickel Bay Nick (2013).--Fredriksen, Jeanne Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Full of the type of warmth and good cheer found in favorite holiday movies, author and PW reviewer Benedis-Grab's lively tale spotlights the time-honored tradition-and can-do citizens-that make a small town great, even in the face of financial struggle. Nobody is certain who is behind the stately Angel Tree that appears in the Pine River town square each year, but everyone knows that when people tie notes containing their Christmas wishes to the tree, the wishes are granted. This year, middle-schoolers Cami, Max, Lucy, and Joe (all of whom have benefitted from the Angel Tree's bounty) try to uncover the tree's benefactor and thank him or her. As the kids puzzle through clues, they discover things that bring them closer to their families, neighbors, and each other-all in time for a satisfying, celebratory reveal. Ages 8-12. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-The little town of Pine River has a lovely holiday tradition-every year an enormous Christmas tree mysteriously appears in the town center. Residents can place their deepest, most secret wishes on the branches, and somehow, every year, each wish comes true. But this might be the year that the wishes are too difficult or expensive or just plain impossible. Lucy's guide dog needs an operation that her out-of-work father can't afford. Unhappy new kid Joe wants to see his soldier mom. Prankster Max yearns for a new home for his family to replace the house that burned down in an electrical fire. And Cami just wants her grandmother to be proud of her, even if it means giving up the violin, which she really loves. As their wishes get fulfilled, the four middleschoolers come together to figure out who the mysterious GB (Great Benefactor) of the town is, and in the process learn something about themselves and one another.  Yes, this feels like a Hallmark movie, but it is a satisfying read on many levels-misunderstandings are resolved, lessons are learned, friendships evolve, and positive behavior is rewarded. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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