Set in the summer of 1963, the Beatles and the Beach Boys are the hot musical groups. The country is on the verge of making what turns out to be a very unpopular decision, to go to war in Viet Nam. While the rest of the world is in the midst of either musical or political turmoil, people living in Hamilton, Missouri, population 1701, have settled in to their summer routines of barbeques and swimming at the community pool. For 13-year-old Tree Taylor, whose main goal that summer was to earn a spot as the only freshman on the high school newspaper and to get her first kiss, finds there is a lot more to worry about when the sound of a rifle firing is heard in her neighborhood. In response to those shots her father, the only doctor in town, dashes out the door while warning her to stay put. Ignoring that warning, Tree sure that this shooting is destined to be her big story, discovers instead that as with most stories there is more than one version.
Spend some time with Tree in her small town as she grapples with the quandary of keeping a secret or exposing the truth in Dandi Dailey Mackall’s THE SECRETS OF TREE TAYLOR.
For grades 5-8.
A review by the Central branch's librarian Theresa.