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The Great Treehouse War
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The Great Treehouse War
Kids vs. parents! An epic treehouse sleepover! An awesome group of friends! An exciting new book from National Book Award finalist Lisa Graff.Winnie's last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty...
Kids vs. parents! An epic treehouse sleepover! An awesome group of friends! An exciting new book from National Book Award finalist Lisa Graff.Winnie's last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty...
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  • Kids vs. parents! An epic treehouse sleepover! An awesome group of friends! An exciting new book from National Book Award finalist Lisa Graff.
    Winnie's last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty life-changing surprise. That was the day Winnie's parents got divorced, the day they decided that Winnie would live three days a week with each of them and spend Wednesdays by herself in a treehouse smack between their houses, to divide her time perfectly evenly between them. It was the day Winnie's seed of frustration with her parents was planted, a seed that grew and grew until it felt like it was as big as a tree itself.
    By the end of fifth grade, Winnie decides that the only way to change things is to barricade herself in her treehouse until her parents come to their senses—and her friends decide to join her. It's kids versus grown-ups, and no one wants to back down first. But with ten kids in one treehouse, all with their own demands, Winnie discovers that things can get pretty complicated pretty fast! Even if they are having the most epic slumber party ever.
    In the newest novel by beloved National Book Award finalist Lisa Graff, kids have turned the tables on their parents, and all the rules have been tossed out the window. But does Winnie have what it takes to hold her ground and keep everyone happy?
    This story, with a pitch-perfect middle grade voice and zany yet poignant situation, is perfect for fans of Sharon Creech, Louis Sachar, and Jack Gantos.
    Featuring Ariana Delawari as Winnie, alongside a full cast of narrators:
    Michael Crouch, as Lyle
    Robbie Daymond, as Joey
    Lauren Fortgang, as Jolee
    Felicia Leicht, as Tabitha
    Sunil Malhotra, as Aayush
    Kathleen McInerney, as Greta
    Cassandra Morris, as Squizzy
    Tara Sands, as Brogan and Logan
    and also featuring Stephen Barbara, Brandon Beatty, Aaron Blank, Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell, Karen Dziekonski, Andrea Georges, Benny Goldmintz, Lisa Graff, Ryan Graff, Kaleo Griffith, Lorna Henry, Sarah Jaffe, Ashley Kooblall, Nick Martorelli, Emily Parliman, Richard Romaniello, Amy Rubinate, Jennifer Rubins, Jill Santopolo, Rebecca Waugh, and Julianna Wilson
    Praise for Lisa Graff's novels:
    Lost in the Sun
    * "Graff writes with stunning insight [and] consistently demonstrates why character-driven novels can live from generation to generation."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
    * "Weighty matters deftly handled with humor and grace will give this book wide appeal."—School Library Journal, starred review
    * "Characterization is thoughtful."—BCCB, starred review
    "This is a novel that speaks powerfully, honestly, almost shockingly about our human pain and our human redemption. This book will change you."—Gary Schmidt, author of The Wednesday Wars

    "Lisa Graff crafts a compelling story about a boy touched with tragedy and the world of people he cares about. And like all the best stories, it ends at a new beginning."—Richard Peck, author of A Year Down Yonder
    Absolutely Almost

    * "A perfect book to share with struggling readers."—Booklist, starred review
    * "Achingly superb, Albie's story shines."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
    * "Graff's...gentle story invokes evergreen themes of coming to appreciate one's strengths (and weaknesses), and stands out for its thoughtful, moving portrait of a boy who learns to keep moving forward, taking on the world at his own speed."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
    "Lately the patrons of my school library have been asking, "Do you have any...

About the Author-

  • Lisa Graff (www.lisagraff.com) is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of Lost in the Sun, Absolutely Almost, A Tangle of Knots, Double Dog Dare, Sophie Simon Solves Them All, Umbrella Summer, The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower, and The Thing About Georgie. Lisa Graff's books have been named to more than forty state award lists and have been touted as Best Books of the Year by booksellers, teachers, and librarians. A Tangle of Knots was long-listed for the National Book Award in 2013. Lisa Graff lives with her family just outside of Philadelphia. Follow her on Twitter @LisaGraff.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 8, 2017
    In this appealing faux-memoir, 11-year-old Winnie Malladi-Maraj is caught in a tug-of-war between her divorced parents. Unable to find perfect parity as they compete to spend holidays with their daughter, they embark on a ridiculous rash of one-upmanship, celebrating Flag Day, National Slinky Day, and World UFO Day in outlandish, time-consuming ways that leave Winnie more stressed than impressed. She is in danger of failing fifth grade until a project on local history gives her the idea to declare her epic tree house (which includes a loft, mini-fridge, and zip line) to be on sovereign soil so she won’t ever have to come down. When her friends join her, the so-called “Tulip Street Ten” makes national news. Graff (A Clatter of Jars) structures her story as a “collective memoir” that Winnie and her friends put together in hopes of winning a writing contest and avoiding flunking; editorial comments from her friends offering editorial commentary are scattered throughout on sticky notes, along with maps, memos, emails, cartoons, and how-to guides, creating a vibrant patchwork of personalities that gives voice to the power of friendship. Ages 8–12. Agent: Stephen Barbara, Inkwell Management.

  • AudioFile Magazine As narrator Ariana Delawari portrays fifth-grader Winnie, other voices join in and express the playfulness of this story. Winnie's parents are divorcing. Delawari plays up the irony of their demands for equal time and their competition in celebrating every ridiculous holiday--like Peach Cobbler Day. When Winnie spends Wednesdays alone in the elaborate tree house between her parents' two homes, Delawari makes Winnie's mounting frustration clear. She just wants to finish her homework assignment so she doesn't fail fifth grade. Multiple voices chime in as Winnie's nine classmates deliver compassion, recipes, details of craft projects, and their own dissatisfactions. The additional voices are a great way to represent the children's diversity. Their contributions also suggest the story's many forms of communication--from sticky notes to newspaper articles. S.W. � AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine

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