At the centre of this book is aa old oak tree and the fight to protect it from destruction, yet this is also a story of preservation of memories, friendships and relationships in a world where do much is treated as disposable.
The contrast between commercialIsm and sentimentality is powerful, framed in terms of the battle for the tree, but also brought into sharp focus in the character of Maybelline. She is the link between last and present, the catalyst for the events of the story, and the key figure– other than the tree– around whom this.story revolves.She is likeable, loyal, and has a fun approach to getting older without giving in to becoming elderly.
Maybelline finds herself surrounded by a cast of characters who, although she doesn’t know them well at the start of the story, show her that there is more than one way to become a family.
I really enjoyed this story, but I also value the message from the author: too many trees are cut down, too many forests are destroyed and too many lives are changed irreparably for the sake of greed for money and personal gain. Somewhere along the line, our culture has got its values very wrong.
This is a good read, delivering some valuable messages in a most positive way.
‘Treed’ has been awarded a Silver Acorn.
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