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Fiction Ages 10-14
Pages: 128
Themes: Family, activism
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/09/2005
Lexile Level: HL600L
Fry Reading Level: 3.5
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Callie's mother has chained herself to the neighbor's tree and is living inside the treehouse. She refuses to come down until the neighbor, Mr. Wilson, agrees to leave the tree standing. Soon reporters arrive to interview Callie about her mother's protest. Callie doesn’t want to talk to anyone. More chaos ensues when Callie's grandmother invites the "singing grannies" to help save the tree, the neighbor's biker friends come to her aid, and Callie's friends show up to try to get themselves on TV. Callie needs to figure out how to get her mother to come down from the tree so that her life can return to normal.

Canadian Book Review Annual - June 15, 2008
"An amusing and engaging novel...Recommended."
CM Magazine - April 14, 2006
"This humourous and inventive story is full of wit."
Resource Links - January 1, 2006
"The storyline is fast-paced and interesting while being written at a readability level which will appeal to those who struggle with reading."
Canadian Children's Book News - September 1, 2005
"By dealing with issues such as activism, environmentalism and conflict resolution, Ann Walsh has crafted a thoughtful novel that will appeal to readers both younger and older than its intended age group."


CCBC Our Choice  | 2006 | Commended
Chocolate Lily nominee  | 2007 | Short-listed


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