The Mulberry Tree

Written by Allison Rushby

After a tragic accident with a patient drives Immy and her parents to movie from Australia to England, the Lavender Cottage seems like the perfect place for them to rebuild their lives. On the land, however, is an ancient Mulberry Tree. Legend has it that the tree is the reason two 11-year-old girls disappeared. Immy’s father scoffs at the superstition, but she cannot help but be drawn to the tree. To make things creepier, she is haunted by a nursery rhyme only she can hear. Could the legend of the tree be true? Will Immy be its next victim? This spooky plot is engaging and well-crafted. With themes of forgiveness, mystery, intrigue, and the supernatural, there will be something for almost every reader to enjoy. Those who enjoy horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, and mysteries will enjoy reading this book.

Reviewed by Jessica Moody, Library Media Educational Technology Specialist, Olympus Jr. High
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-7

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The Mulberry Tree
Written by Allison Rushby
Candlewick Press
287 pages
Release Date: Jul 14, 2020 (USA)
ISBN: 9781536207613
Reviewer’s Note: This was a complementary review copy from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No financial compensation was received. This review is also posted on NetGalley and Goodreads.

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