Katherine Applegate has done it again. The acclaimed author of The One and Only Ivan is back with Wishtree, a story of an oak tree called Red, who is many rings old and well loved by all. As a wish tree, Red has spent her entire life listening to the wishes of the townsfolk. One day a new family moves into the neighborhood, but not everyone is welcoming. As the only child in the family, Samar approaches Red and makes a wish. She wishes for a friend. Determined to grant her wish, Red hatches a plan. Wishtree is filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, such as FreshBakedBread, HairySpiders, BigYou, and Bongo. These are just a few of the inhabitants of Red's trunk and branches, and they join in on her plan to grant Samar's wish. Friendship and acceptance are at the core of this novel. It may be targeted for a middle-grade audience, but don't be fooled. This novel is a must-read for everyone. It will find its way into your heart and stay with you long after you've turned the last page.