The Secrets of Tree Taylor by Dandi Daley Mackall
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date: May 13, 2014
One early morning, Teresa “Tree” Taylor hears a gun shot fired from across the street. With the dreams of becoming a famous writer, Tree knows this is the big story she’s been waiting for. But the more she goes digging, the more secrets she uncovers. And soon she begins to wonder: When is the truth yours to tell? And when is it right to keep it a secret? Set during the 60s in a small town in Missouri, THE SECRETS OF TREE TAYLOR is the story of family, unexpected friendships, and the power and weight of keeping someone else’s secrets.
Dandi Daley Mackall’s novel is heartwarming, fun, and one I would recommend if you were looking for something easy to read with a good message. I advise that you stick with the book once you start, because the beginning is a little slow compared to the second half. Also, please note that although the description on the back of the book describes the novel as a love story, love is not nearly as big a theme as Tree’s friendships and her investigative writing. I would recommend this book for anyone ages 11 and older.