The Secret Tree
Pub 5-2012, Scholastic, $16.99
The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford is about a girl named Minty who calls herself “Minty Fresh”. Her and her friend Paz (“Pax-a-Punch”) are roller derby fans. I think that The Secret Tree is very similar to The Apothecary by Maile Meloy and Ian Sheonherr. They’re similar not only in their way of writing but also in the plot: a pretty normal girl getting involved with a troubled and adventurous boy. I think that The Secret Tree is a thriller but also a friendship fiction book.
At the beginning of the story, Minty starts seeing flashes in the woods After seeing many of these flashes, she tries to catch the person making the flash but soon he’s gone. She follows him into the woods, and on her way out of the forest she hears a tree that seems to be murmuring something. She tries to peek inside the tree to see if there’s somebody inside. There isn’t, but there is a piece of paper: “nobody likes me except my goldfish.” Some pretty weird things start to happen and they seem to be connected to one night that happened the summer before. When she does catch the flash, it’s a boy with a camera. He says he spies on the people around town and figures out which secret from the Secret Tree is theirs. There is a ghost that lives in a tree that eats the secrets that the people put there. Minty gets to know him better and they team up and try to solve the mystery of the weird things happening with the secrets.
I think this book was very well written. I think that it’s one of those books that are so suspenseful that you can’t stop reading it. I think that one of the reasons it was good was that some of the elements of the book are definitely from the present, but other aspects would definitely be from a long time ago. I think it’s great that she combines all these elements and makes them from her own time period. I think that the book has a pretty good moral: everybody has flaws. I think the writer really shows that even the people who seem flawless aren’t always.
I think that, overall, this is a well-written book. I think that, unlike other books, this book was about the dark side of people. I also like the plot because it shows that exiting things do happen in the suburbs. I know that many authors set their horror novels in the country but I think that the author combined a lot of original details to her story. An overall 10 out of 10!
-Diana R., 9