The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

by Dawn Davis

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BN ID: 2940151595858
Publisher: FriesenPress
Publication date: 06/12/2015
Series: The Tower Room , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 677 KB

About the Author

Dawn Davis lives and writes in Toronto. She splits her time between the Toronto Reference Library and her home that looks out over the ravine. The Tree of Life is her first book.

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The Tree of Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
The Tree of Life by Dawn Davis is her debut novel. It is part of a series, but does stand alone. Each book will represent new characters and a different time period in Canda’s history. The Tree of Life starts in 1999 but spends most of its time in 1939. It is a fun and lively adventure through time with Charlotte as she strives to solve the mystery of the missing brooch, The Tree of Life. She lives the history she has been taught. Charlotte is a precocious 11 year old girl. She is headstrong and some think she acts like a know it all. She is always getting Henry, her best friend, in trouble, bossing him around. She will learn first hand about the wealthy, discrimination, and hard work. Gwendolyn is prim and proper, a perfect example of the snobbish and haughty air of the privileged. I feel this is a very creative way to write a coming of age story. A heartwarming story of life – its rights and wrongs, its hopes and dreams, its wants and desires, its loves and loss… There are no bells and whistles, no blood and guts of the thriller and horror novels I love, but a wonderful story just the same. I received a copy of The Tree of Life by Dawn Davis in return for an honest review.
Pacificbookreview More than 1 year ago
When precocious, bossy Charlotte and her best friend Henry, a boy with too many allergies and fears to count, hide under a table in the Tower Room and eavesdrop, the last thing they expect is to be suddenly transported back to the year 1939. What follows is quite the life-changing adventure for them both. The author paints a vivid picture of life in 1939 Canada, with much of the world on the cusp of World War II. For two children from 1999, the differences are unsettling at first, but as children do, they adapt. They must adapt quickly however; in order to get back to their own time they must complete an unknown task, the nature of which they can’t be sure. Initially, it seems as though the story will simply be focused on the children solving their mysterious task. But it quickly becomes obvious that this story is deeper than that. It’s about the well-defined, three-dimensional characters and their relationship with the other, equally well-rounded secondary characters, as well as their evolving perspectives on the world around them. At times, the purpose for Henry and Charlotte traveling to the past seems muddy and confusing, and I found myself frustrated on a few occasions, especially with some of “magical” aspects of the story. What I discovered is when willing to let my laser focus on solving the mystery go, I could enjoy the story as a whole, the interactions between the characters, the realistic dialogue, the author’s unique storytelling, the adventures, and the exploration of a pivotal time in history through the eyes of these clever children. The reader will grow to love the characters, bravery and emotional insight. As the story progressed, I realized that this was the point: solving the mystery and finding their way back to 1999 was never about a material object, but forming relationships and connections with the people around them was the true goal. The people they bonded with in the past and the experiences they shared would always be far more important than any one thing. I was at peace with the idea that the conclusion may not be what I expected, and was very satisfied. But not Charlotte; she refused to leave her task unfinished and Charlotte’s positive outlook and dogged determination brought us to a completely unexpected, poignant, and absolutely wonderful ending. I was thrilled to tears with the outcome. “The Tree of Life” is the first book in The Tower Room Series, and I would absolutely love to read more of Charlotte and Henry’s time-traveling adventures. “The Tree of Life” is an entertaining, and surprisingly introspective and complex journey into the past, and is sure to be a delight for young readers and adults.