Family Tree

Family Tree

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by Katherine Ayres, Rosalma Zubizarreta
     
 

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Katherine Ayres is the author of Family Tree, which has been named to several state award lists, and North by Night: A Story of the Underground Railroad.

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Katherine Ayres is the author of Family Tree, which has been named to several state award lists, and North by Night: A Story of the Underground Railroad.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When a sixth grader has to research her family history, she discovers her reticent widower father's Amish background and the sacrifices he made to marry her mother. PW said, "Ayres delivers an intriguing plot and deftly paints a self-reliant heroine on a mission to find the truth." Ages 8-12. (Dec.) r
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-When sixth-grader Tyler learns that her family tree will be the basis for the entire school year's work, the closeness between her and her strict, taciturn father is tested. The girl's investigations take her back in time through her dead mother's books and journals. Her father reveals painful memories from the time that his wife was killed in a car accident and his daughter was saved as a premature baby. Tyler also learns that her father lied to her mother's family out of fear of losing his baby, and that he gave up his Amish faith and family in order to marry the woman he loved in the first place. This is a touching story of a child's discovery of the parent she never knew and her reestablishment of long-severed family ties. Unfortunately, the setup is pretty hard to buy-it's all a little too tender and implausible. However, much of interest about the Amish religion is incorporated into the story without glorifying or degrading the realistic characters portrayed. Similarly, Tyler's teacher, friends, and classmates interact convincingly. For Ayres, this is a promising debut in spite of the far-fetched bits. -Carol A. Edwards, Minneapolis Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440411932
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Series:
Yearling Series
Pages:
165
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.46(d)
Lexile:
580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Katherine Ayres is the author of Family Tree, which has been named to several state award lists, and North by Night: A Story of the Underground Railroad. She is a founding member of the Playwright’s Lab at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. She teaches writing at Chatham College, where she also coordinates the Master of Arts program in children’s and adolescent writing.

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Family Tree 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book at school for a group thing and i have to admit it was a very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago