Kids' Winner: Wishtree

“Stand tall and reach deep.” This is the story of a 10-year-old Muslim girl and the red oak tree who witnesses her loneliness in an unwelcoming town. Red (the tree) decides to make a difference in the girl’s life and what follows is a magical portrait of friendship in the face of fear, and kindness in the face of hatred. Written by Newbery Medal winner Katherine Applegate, this is truly a book for all ages, with plant, animal, and human characters who are warm, funny, and full of heart. Like Wonder and Charlotte’s Web, the exquisitely expressed theme of kindness to outsiders makes this a universal and timeless children’s classic. —Sonja, Audible Editor

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