The Secrets of Tree Taylor

The Secrets of Tree Taylor Thirteen year old Tree Taylor has two goals for the summer of Experience her first real kiss A kiss delivered by a boy A boy who is not related to her A kiss worth writing about Become a famous

  • Title: The Secrets of Tree Taylor
  • Author: Dandi Daley Mackall
  • ISBN: 9780375968976
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Thirteen year old Tree Taylor has two goals for the summer of 63 1 Experience her first real kiss A kiss delivered by a boy A boy who is not related to her A kiss worth writing about 2 Become a famous writer Or, at least, write an investigative article that will land her the freshman spot on the Blue and Gold staff So when a gunshot is fired right across the strThirteen year old Tree Taylor has two goals for the summer of 63 1 Experience her first real kiss A kiss delivered by a boy A boy who is not related to her A kiss worth writing about 2 Become a famous writer Or, at least, write an investigative article that will land her the freshman spot on the Blue and Gold staff So when a gunshot is fired right across the street, Tree knows this is the big story she s been waiting for But the she goes digging, the secrets she uncovers, and soon she begins to wonder When is it important to expose the truth And when is it right to keep a secret

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    1. Dandi Daley Mackall

      A professional writer for over 20 years, Dandi Daley Mackall has written dozens of articles for popular magazines and published around 500 books for children and adults alike, with sales of over 4 million A frequent guest on radio and television talk shows, she lives in rural Ohio with her husband, three children, horses, dogs, cats Awards include the Edgar Award for Best YA Mystery, the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children s Literature Distinguished Alumni Award from Mizzou ALA Best Book Christian Children s Book of the Year, Amelia Bloom, Mom s Choice Awards Her YA novel, My Boyfriends Dogs, is now a Hallmark movie.

    531 thoughts on “The Secrets of Tree Taylor”

    1. Advanced Readers CopyIt sounds like a possibly typical and easy read and technically it was, but at the same time there was a depth to the story that left me totally satisfied and content at the end. This is a coming of age story about Teresa "Tree" Taylor, trying to understand the whole concept of truth. When is it yours to tell, who to share it with, how others react to it etc. and while these are pretty basic themes, they are meaningful, and add a level of maturity to the book, which allows y [...]


    2. I don't really have words for this book. It's perfection and I highly recommend it. For parents, I'd say read it beforehand (it won't take that long) as it does lightly touch on some heavy topics, but it's an incredible book!


    3. ​In the summer of 1963, Tree Taylor has two goals she wished to achieve; 1) write an article that will grant her the freshman journalist position at the school newspaper, Blue and Gold, and 2) experience her first real kiss, the kind worth writing about. At thirteen-years-old, Tree already knows that she wants to be a writer, she only needs a story to write about.One morning while Tree is sitting on her porch trying to come up with an idea for her article, the sound of a gunshot echoes through [...]


    4. This book throws a question about truth. Are all truth needed to be revealed to public? Or are there some truths that are better to be kept as secrets? Tree had ambition to join the school newspaper as reporters. To achieve that, she believed she had to write an explosive news, but there seems to be nothing happening in her peaceful town. Then, something happened. Something worth reporting.In the middle of the night, her neighborhood was shocked by a sound of gunshot. Everybody wanted to close t [...]


    5. If you're into this kind of thing you'll love this book. Historical, takes place against the backdrop of the Vietnam war, Tree Taylor wants to do two things this summer: kiss her first (non-related) boy and write enough to get accepted on the school paper. However, when she witnesses a crime in her own seemingly safe neighborhood, she might find she's bitten off more than she can chew. I don't like historical fiction. So that's why it got a three. My coworker Rebecca is going to read this and th [...]



    6. This was another book that I wanted to like more than I did. I didn't feel like the story flowed very well, and the ending felt really rushed. It was just meh.


    7. I thought this book was great. If I had to sum up what I thought about it in one word, I'd pick 'honest.' I say honest because nothing felt like a caricature or parody of events. The entire book felt like a peek into what life was like that summer for a number of people Tree interacted with rather than being solely about her. You would think that the gunshot going off would drive the book in a particular direction and consume the book but it actually goes in another direction entirely, taking th [...]


    8. Okay, this is probably an unfair assessment because I'm both a 1960's geek and a book geek, but this book had it all for me. Tree Taylor wants to be a writer and she wants a spot on the school paper. It's 1963 and the nation is changing and she's witnessing it all as a person on the brink of independence. This book is both a great mystery and a lovely family drama. I love all the quotes worked in to the chapters (my favorite is the Willa Cather one on page 237)Willa knows her stuff.What a great [...]


    9. I kinda wish I read it when I was younger because Tree's 13 and writes like it. But i've only recently become interested in journalism, so it's a trade-off. It had lots of sub plots that didn't quite bind into the main story, except when it gives a too obvious moral.



    10. Tree Taylor is sitting on the front step one Sunday morning in her PJ's, trying to come up with something to write about, when she hears a gunshot down the street. Her dad, the town doctor, hustles past her and tells her to stay put as he heads to where the shot was fired. Tree follows and from her hiding place, watches as their reclusive neighbor. Mrs. Kinney comes out of the house carrying a rifle. Her dad's behavior is curious. He turns away from Mrs. Kinney and sits on the step. When she low [...]


    11. Tree's father is a doctor in their small 1960s Missouri town where everyone knows everyone else's business, so when their neighbor, Mr. Kinney, has an accident with a rifle, Dr. Taylor is the first one on the scene. Tree thinks that the shooting is suspicious and wants to find out what really happened, even though Mrs. Kinney seems quite happy that her husband isn't coming home. Tree wants to use her investigation as the basis for a story for her high school newspaper, so that she can beat out a [...]


    12. Tree's father is a doctor in their small 1960s Missouri town where everyone knows everyone else's business, so when their neighbor, Mr. Kinney, has an accident with a rifle, Dr. Taylor is the first one on the scene. Tree thinks that the shooting is suspicious and wants to find out what really happened, even though Mrs. Kinney seems quite happy that her husband isn't coming home. Tree wants to use her investigation as the basis for a story for her high school newspaper, so that she can beat out a [...]


    13. I hated it because the ending sucked (it mad me cry)! But at the same time, it was a necessary ending, I wish it wasn't, but that was the best ending it could have. Arghhhhh.And honestly, the truth behind the gun shooting (the main plot I guess), really didn't seem very hard to figure out, and it was somewhat annoying that the issue kept being dragged when it really was quite straightforward. So that part was a bit draggy, like the writer was beating about the bush, and had already beaten out al [...]


    14. The story: Tree Taylor isn't really looking for secrets--it's more like the secrets are looking for her. She knows that Butch is two-timing her sister Eileen. She knows there's something creepy about the way Chuck treats his step-sister Penny. And worst of all, she knows there's more to the story about Mr. Kinney being shot with his own rifle than other people in their small town might think. Tree's determined to get all the information and write a story about the Kinney shooting that will earn [...]


    15. I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It's a coming of age story set in 1963, which might have been an invitation to write a naive character. Tree is not the most sophisticated 13 year old ever invented, but she's smart and insightful. The story grows in a very organic manner as Tree tries to become a writer, works as a basketgirl at the pool (a job I never imagined but maybe common in the 1960s?) and creates new relationships during the summer. This is not the kind of book I normally [...]


    16. Tree Taylor is a 13 year old girl living in Hamilton, Missouri in the year of 1963. Her 2 best friends are Sarah and Jack and Sarah works with Tree at the pool as a basket-girl. All sorts of things are happening around Tree Taylor and she loves writing. Lots of people are starting to think about the oncoming war with the Vietnamese but something else happens right in Tree's neighborhood. There is a gunshot in the house of the Kinney's and Tree really wishes to report this in the newspaper but is [...]


    17. As a social studies teacher I loved all the references to the 60's and the Vietnam War. However, the big event at the beginning with Mrs. McKinney shooting her husband led you to believe there was some big mystery as to why she did it. Alas, the reveal that she actually did shoot him was a huge let down. We already knew she shot him and that it was probably because she didn't like him in the first chapter of the book! However, I did like the ending with Jack and Tree.


    18. Secrets to Tree Taylor seem to be misleading and struggles with the concept of good secrets and bad secrets. With some she actively tries to expose and others haunt her. I always have trouble with books that are set in the 60's they don't seem like they would actually happen. This book tries to cover a wide range of topics from civil rights to Vietnam.Not the best, not enough quality secrets.


    19. LOVED this coming-of age story set in a small town in the 60s. Perfectly captures the time and place and paints a vivid picture of scenes I could watch in my mind. While it's not a page-turner in terms of plot, it's a book I didn't want to end because of the well-developed characters and their relationships.


    20. The main character is interesting and does not make stupid decisions. This is a thing I like. While the plot may not exactly keep older readers guessing, I think it reaches its intended audience, as this is the sort of book that I would have loved if I had first happened upon it when I was thirteen.


    21. I kept rooting that the truth wasn't more important than justice is this coming of age story. "Nothing weighs so heavily on us as a secret." This message comes through clearly as Tree Taylor struggles with doing the right thing when she finally gets the facts to a neighborhood shooting. Beautifully written and set in a small Missouri town.


    22. I enjoyed this story of aspiring journalist Tree Taylor, making her way through the difficult secret-filled summer of 1963, but have very mixed feelings about the ending, which left my favorite character in unknown and dangerous circumstances. It should be a stand-alone book, so I don't expect resolution.


    23. I loved this book! It made me want to move to a small town in Missouri. The message was really good and I fell in love with all the characters, who were written with an incredible realistic beauty. I nearly cried towards the end. Great little story about growing up.


    24. I nearly ended up not finishing this book but it continued to get better and better. It's written as a middle-grade novel but deals with problems and circumstances deeper than most YA books. It honestly was a fun, easy read that left me wanting a sequel.


    25. I really, really liked this one. Enjoyable writing but I think I liked it because the characters were very real. I could see myself in the main character as a 14 year old when everything was changing and I couldn't quite keep up. An excellent YA read.


    26. This book was positively one of the best books I've ever read. After reading this, I've had a sudden interest in 60s music, and have learned about the Vietnam conflict. I would say a good age to read this book is around 11.


    27. a well done historical fiction novel set during the Vietnam War- really fast read with a strong female protagonist. a sweet and delicious read. recommended by a 12 yo girl- will definitely recommend to others.


    28. I just couldn't get into this book. Characters were very flat and all the 'secrets' were too obvious. It wasn't a horrible book; just very 'meh'. Mostly I wanted it to end so I could move onto a new book


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