Deadwood

Deadwood

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by Kell Andrews
     
 

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Sometimes a lucky ritual becomes a curse. Seventh-grader Martin Cruz hates his rotten new town, Lower Brynwood, but with his mom fighting a war in Afghanistan, he has no other choice but to live with his crazy aunt. Then he gets a message from a tree telling him it's cursed—and so is he. It's not just any tree either, it's the Spirit Tree, an ancient beech the

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Sometimes a lucky ritual becomes a curse. Seventh-grader Martin Cruz hates his rotten new town, Lower Brynwood, but with his mom fighting a war in Afghanistan, he has no other choice but to live with his crazy aunt. Then he gets a message from a tree telling him it's cursed—and so is he. It's not just any tree either, it's the Spirit Tree, an ancient beech the football team carves for good luck before the season opener. But every year they lose. Now the Spirit Tree is dying, and the other trees in the park are toppling around it like dominoes. The town is plagued with unexplainable accidents and people begin to fade, drained of life. Martin must team up with a know-it-all soccer star, Hannah Vaughan, if he has any chance of breaking the curse. If they fail to save the Spirit Tree, it could mean the destruction of Lower Brynwood and a permanent case of bad luck.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
08/01/2014
Gr 4–7—It's a tradition in Lower Brynwood to carve a message into the bark of the 250-year-old Spirit Tree before a big football game. It's supposed to bring the players luck, but so far, it has done anything but. When Martin's military mom is assigned to a tour in Afghanistan, he is forced to temporarily move in with Aunt Michelle in Lower Brynwood. On one of his daily runs, he encounters a group of kids engaged in the carving ritual, and is horrified at the damage being done to the majestic tree. He causes quite a stir trying to stop it, and Hannah, a girl in his class, comes to his defense. As soon as the two are alone with the tree, it gets struck by lightning. It starts glowing from within, lighting up the carved letters in an attempt to communicate with them, and they discover that the tree has been cursed by the "bad one." Trees, plants, and people in Lower Brynwood are dropping like flies. The curse is going to destroy the town unless Martin and Hannah can stop it. While the mystery is not much of a mystery (the identity of the "bad one" is not hard to guess), the story is fun and engaging, and the characters have enough depth to make them interesting. The heavy-handedness of the environmental message detracts a little from the overall enjoyment, but budding tree huggers will love the sweet bond that forms between the kids and this unusual personification of Mother Nature.—Mandy Laferriere, Fowler Middle School, Frisco, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983824046
Publisher:
Pugalicious Press
Publication date:
11/15/2012
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

Meet the Author

Kell Andrews writes nonfiction for adults and fiction for children. A little bit of magic helps with both. Growing up, she spent a lot of time reading, writing, drawing, and looking for treasure in the woods and on the beach.Kell holds a humanities degree from Johns Hopkins University and a master of liberal arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong Philadelphian, she lives with her husband and two daughters in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

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