Standiford, Natalie Secret Tree, 245 pgs. Scholastic Press 2012. $6.99, Language-G (0 swear words)Mature content (PG for bathroom vocabulary).Violence-G.
Araminta Mortimer known as Minty is ten during an eventful summer. She and her best friend Paz both love roller derby and plan to do their team tricks in the Fourth of July parade. That is, until things start to change. Minty is seeing flashes in the woods in her neighborhood and things are disappearing. She takes on the mystery and becomes involved in the mystery itself. Minty comes upon a tree that reveals secrets and mysteries that she tries to solve on top of the first mystery. Minty’s friend, Paz, is growing up too fast for Minty and she is left wondering if she will have any friends left at the end of summer. This fun juvenile mystery is recommended for children ages, 8-11 for content and vocabulary. The plot keeps you wanting to read more and has some intriguing twists and turns. An thoroughly enjoyable read for children of this age range.
EL-OPTIONAL. Linda, Elementary Teacher.