Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood.

You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.

Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, Wishtree is Newbery Medalist and New York Times–bestselling author Katherine Applegate at her very best―writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on September 26, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN-10: 1250043220
ISBN-13: 9781250043221
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  • dreambig100
    dreambig100Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 3:32 pm44 stars
    Wishtree is a wonderful tale that is about friendship, hope, family, and most importantly wishes. Red is a 216 year old oak tree, or more commonly known as a wishtree. A wishtree is a tree that is known for granting wishes to help the people around it. Red has a secret because she can talk. Every animal and plant can talk. One day a 10 year old girl named Samar asks Red for a friend. Samar is not like everyone else in that town she is special and different. Samar comes to the tree every night to talk with the tree. Red finds a wanting to grant her wish because she sees something in Samar that is not in others. With the help of Red's best friend Bongo they might be able to help Samar find a friend. I really enjoyed how the author put this book in the perspective of a 216 year old oak tree. This book was so well written that you might even believe that trees can talk.
    • readingkendal
      readingkendalSunday, July 8, 2018 at 12:15 pm55 stars
      Red is the neighborhood wishtree. Every May 1st people adorn Red with pieces of paper tied with a string, pieces of fabric, anything with a wish written on it. When a new family moves into the neighborhood people ignore them. Then when the Red is threatened with the word LEAVE written on his bark. The animals that live inside of him get nervous and is going to be cut down it's up to new friends Stephen and Samar to save Red. Will they succeed? Or will Red be doomed?
      • ajg15
        ajg15Friday, July 6, 2018 at 5:18 pm44 stars
        Like all red trees, this one is no different...red is a beautiful tree that is 216 rings old almost her entire life she's been a wish tree. She was planted in a wonderful mixed neighborhood. But when an immigrant family moves into the neighborhood a mean boy carved "LEAVE" into her trunk the young girl and her parents think should move. With the help of a young boy (the girls new friend) and a few animals they help her family feel welcome. They even save red from meeting a terrible fate, by showing how amazing she really is. This is a real heart warming book. I loved it very much. -Ajg15
        • pizzagirl7
          pizzagirl7Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 10:05 am44 stars
          This book was WONDERFUL! So red the neighborhood wish tree she is a red oak tree and people make wishes and tie any type of cloth on the tree. But throughout the book it's wonderful red has animal and human friends but a new family moves in and a boy that wasn't to nice... Wrote "LEAVE" right on her trunk but everything works out and the boy gets stopped but everything is fine. There is so much adventure. I love it SO much! I rate it 4 stars. I recommend for all ages. Everyone needs to read it! 😘
          • armcginn
            armcginnWednesday, July 4, 2018 at 5:01 pm55 stars
            Kathrine Applegate weaves yet another beautifully told story, this time is told from a stunning perspective, a old red oak tree called Red! This book is full of wonderful surprises!
            • bookworm15Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 3:43 pm
              This book is an absolute masterpiece! I enjoyed it immensly
              • auntieb
                auntiebTuesday, July 3, 2018 at 8:02 am44 stars
                Wishtree was a book that was very interesting because it was told from Red (the wishtree's) perspective I really liked this book I also really enjoy Katherine Applegate's books.
                • kenziegirl2008
                  kenziegirl2008Monday, July 2, 2018 at 12:49 pm44 stars
                  This book is about a tree named Red, All red oaks are named Red. But Red is more commonly known as the Wishtree. Every year at the beginning of May people from all different sizes,shapes, and ages come to the wishtree with either a rag, a piece of paper and occasionaly a piece of underwear and tie it on with a piece of string. On these things there is a wish. Some of these wishes ridicuolas some of them kind, and some selfish. But one day the police and Francesca with two un-obediant cats decide to have someone cut red down. All of Red`s residents the opposoms, the skunks, the owls, the raccoons, and practically the whole neighborhood don`t want to have to say goodbye to Red as he has been there since the 1800`s. Stephan than sets up for the whole school to write the word stay on index cards and tie it on the tree to show how much everyone wants Red to stay. But it isn`t enough. As they are about to chop Red down all of Red`s residants including Red`s best friend Bongo and Francesca`s cats climb up onto the tree so nowone can cut Red down . Thanks to them Red is safe!!!!
                  • jso6
                    jso6Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 1:43 pm22 stars
                    This book is about a 216 year old oak tree. This tree is special to everyone, because they write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them on it's branches.
                    • belle252
                      belle252Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11:55 am44 stars
                      this is such an amazing touching book, and the story of red oak is soooo good, hope and friendship matter so much and this book re-teaches that

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