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The Angel Tree

by Daphne Benedis-Grab

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A Christmas holiday story about friendship and community. In the town of Pine River, every year around the holidays a Christmas tree appears in the middle of the town square, and every year the people of Pine River place their wishes on the tree and wait to see if their wish will be granted. This year, four kids decide to figure out the mystery behind the angel tree to try and discover how the tree always appears there every year and who is granting all the wishes. A fun cheerful holiday read for student’s 2nd-5th grade. - SB ( )
  WhitneyYPL | Apr 2, 2016 |
It's a little incredulous in these diverse times to imagine a town embracing Christmas so completely, and even when readers learn who the "GB" (Great Benefactor) is, there are still unanswered questions as to how GB pulled off such generosity anonymously for 25 years. But why be a Grinch about it. Earnest young readers will appreciate the Angel Tree's miracles (that seem to come fast and furious) and it's a wholesome family readaloud that unabashedly cherishes the spirit of the holiday. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
The Angel Tree
Pine River, and every year a tree appears and everybody posts their wishes on the branches. This year the kids are determined to find out who puts the tree in the town square.
Valerie wants her seeing eye dog to have surgery, another boy wants a new house for his family. Angels take one of the tied wishes and make the dream come true but this year is different...3 kids combine their talents to figure out who the angel is that makes it all happen. They just want to give them recognition.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). ( )
  jbarr5 | Mar 20, 2015 |
5 STARS

I enjoyed this story. It is a true Christmas story, a mystery, community helping each other and fun to read. I like the characters, the setting and it is a touching story.

Every Christmas a big tree is put up on the town square. No one knows who is behind the tree. They call it the Angel Tree. The children or people who have a need or a Christmas wish write it down on paper and put it on the tree. Others see the wishes that they could give or help take it down. Some are simple others seem so big as impossible to receive their wish.

One boy wrote that he wanted to find a recipe his grandma talks about from Russia. One boy who's home burnt down a few weeks ago wishes for a house. A blind little girl who's seeing eye dog has cancer and her family can't afford treatment for him wishes for her dog to get well.

Four Children decide that they want to find out who is behind the Angel tree and give them a Christmas gift. They are determined to find out and find clues.

Lives are changed for the better. Lots of people are giving and receiving. It makes you think what can I do? What would I wish for?
The miracles don't wait for Christmas Eve but are answered when they can. This is a story that is uplifting.

I was given this ebook to read and in return I agreed to give honest review of it. Net Galley and Scholastic gave me this ebook. ( )
  rhonda1111 | Oct 31, 2014 |
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It happened every year, late at night, long after darkness had settled over the small town of Pine River. No one knew who it was that got up in thte icy midnight hours to erect the towering evergreen, its branches thick and full.
Lucy was shivering when she walked through the front door of ther family's old Victorian house, her fingers icicles in the thick woolen gloves that she had knit for herself back in the fall.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545613787, Hardcover)

A heartwarming Christmas mystery and friendship story!

Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square--the Angel Tree. Some people tie wishes to the tree, while others make those wishes come true. Nobody's ever known where the tree comes from, but the mystery has always been part of the tradition's charm.

This year, however, four kids who have been helped--Lucy, Joe, Max, and Cami--are determined to solve the mystery and find out the true identity of the town's guardian angel, so that Pine River can finally thank the person who brought the Angel Tree to their town.

This is a heartwarming Christmas mystery, full of friendship, discovery, and loads of holiday cheer!

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