Happy Monday, guys!
Today, we're hopping onboard the MMGM train, with a post for Lisa Graff's The Great Treehouse War's blog tour!
Read on for my three favorite treehouse in literature + a giveaway! MMGM is a feature hosted by (fabulous) author Shannon Messenger on her blog every week!
Published May 16th 2017 by Philomel Books
Format read: Physical copy by publisher
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Thus begins the story of Winnie’s parents’ divorce (sad though it was), of the arrangements that followed (three days a week with each parent, and Wednesdays to herself in a treehouse smack in between both of their houses), and of Winnie’s growing frustration with her lack of free time (due to her parents’ ceaseless efforts to make the most of the time they each had with her). It was just this frustration, which was caused by several weeks of missing out on activities with friends, of skipping homework, and of wishing she had time to create a story for the upcoming contest, that prompted Winnie to barricade herself in her treehouse and refuse to come out—an idea which her friends from Tulip Street Elementary found so appealing that they decided to join her. But with ten kids in one treehouse, all with their own agendas and demands, Winnie discovers that no one is happy with their status quo, and they’re counting on her to change it! What had she gotten herself into?
The kids have turned the tables on the parents, and all rules have been tossed out the window. But as Winnie quickly begins to realize, having a community she can count on is a good thing—and it makes her realize what it is she truly wants from her parents. This story, with a pitch-perfect middle grade voice and zany yet poignant situation, is ideal for fans of Sharon Creech, Louis Sachar, and Jack Gantos.
Treehouses in Literature:
I also knew I wanted to use my blog post to share three of my favorite tree houses in literature, and hopefully - you'll join me in my Lisa + tree house love!
Sleepover Friends (Scholastic)
(I was actually so influenced by these books that I was jealous that I could never find friends to have weekly sleepovers with me while growing up, but that's a whole other story.)
At some point in the series, Stephanie's parents decide that she has earned having her own separate apartment/kitted-out treehouse in their backyard. It was basically a tiny home before tiny homes were en vogue, and young me was incredibly jealous that my parents refused to build one for me.
The books never described the apartment well, but I envision that it looked something like this.
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss, Scott McKowen
The 52nd-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (Pan Macmillan Aus)
It really plays off the idea of building bigger and better, something that many young readers can absolutely relate to and learn from.
There obviously isn't a picture of a 52nd-story treehouse, so have one of my other favorites.
So are you ready to get your own love of tree houses on?
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 15, 2017 and 12:00 AM on May 29, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 2, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
Check out the rest of the tour:
May 15 – Books 4 Your Kids – Review
May 16 – Margie’s Must Reads
May 17 – Pirates n’ Pixie Dust
May 18 – We Are Word Nerds
May 19 – Mundie Kids
May 22 – The Reading Nook Reviews – The Coolest Treehouses Roundup
May 23 – Crafty Moms Share – Review + Craft
May 24 – Word Spelunker – Review + Dream Treehouse
May 25 – Reading is Better With Cupcakes – Review
May 26 – Mama Smiles
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