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The Pennywhistle Tree

by Doris Buchanan Smith

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The oak tree depicted on the cover of "The Pennywhistle Tree" is based on the grand old live oak on the corner of Dartmouth and Amherst Streets in Brunswick, Georgia, where Mom wrote the book. My siblings and I used to climb it, and a pear tree, in our back yard, for many years. If you "Google" this address: 1400 Dartmouth Street, Brunswick, Georgia, you'll see the oak is still standing!
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There was a plague of Georges in Jonathon's yard, seven of them, ranging from an unsteady toddle to Snaders, already a sixth-grade troublemaker. They even climbed the tree that had been a special place for Jonathon and his friends ever since he could remember, swinging on the rope and filling the air with their noise. It seemed that Sanders cropped up whereever Jonathon went, watching him play football with his friends, waiting outside the music store when Jonathon's parents took him to get his longed-for flute, and even hanging around when he practiced the piano. Jonathon resented the invasion. He didn't want Sanders in his life, making him question the importance of things he had previosly taken for granted, like music and books, loving parents and old friendships. What did Sanders really want from him? By the time Jonathon had learned the answer to that question, it was almost to late.

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A rift develops in the closeness shared by eleven-year-old Jonathon and his best friends when a new boy moves onto the street and insists on pushing himself into Jonathon's life.

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