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Children's LiteratureFour best friends (Sabrina, Megan, Connie, and Daisy) find themselves trying to save the Balm of Gilead tree on the town green after they receive messages from the ghost of a young girl. Eleven-year-old Eliza, who died after a fall from the tree, needs their help. The tree is dying and the town has decided that it has to be removed because to save it would be too expensive. Desperate to assist Eliza, the girls decide to host a sockathon to raise money to buy the brace for the tree. Yet, who is going to save their friendship as it is pushed to its limits this crazy summer? Instead of a summer filled with lazy days and sun, they find themselves working to keep a tree that, for many, is a historical monument. This was a fun, simple book that shows how the bonds of friendship are sometimes tested and strengthened. 2004, Dutton Children's Books/Penguin, Ages 9 to 13.