By: Laurie Halse Anderson
"Breathe life into it. Make it bend--trees are flexible, so they don't snap. Scar it, give it a twisted branch--perfect trees don't exist. Nothing is perfect. Flaws are interesting. Be the tree"(Anderson 153).
"A stunning first novel... Anderson infuses the narrative with a wit that sustains the heroine through her pain and holds readers' empathy... Melinda's hard-won metamorphosis will leave readers touched and inspired." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
An ALA Quick Pick