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The House That Wasn't There

The House That Wasn't There

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Alder has always lived in his cozy little house in Southern California. An old, reliable, comforting walnut tree has stood between his house and the one next door. When a new family--with a particularly annoying girl his age named Oak--moves into the neighboring house, they cut the tree down. As Oak and Alder start school together, they can't imagine ever becoming friends. But they soon discover a series of mysterious, possibly magical, connections between the two of them.
Publisher: New York, NY : Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2021]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780062937063
0062937065
Branch Call Number: JUVENILE FICTION ARNOLD
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: House that was not there

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darladoodles
May 24, 2021

The cover is outstanding depicting Oak and Alder, their kittens, and the walnut tree stump in between. While reading this book there were many things I loved about it: 1) Oak and Alder's friendship and how they both learned from each other. 2) Alder knits! 3) The song lyrics to the songs Alder's dad recorded. 4) That they decide to use a DNA kit as part of their school project. 5) There's a girl in the book named Darla! The magical realism surrounding Mort (ha ha) the possum was promising, but really didn't go anywhere. Then there was the book on Feline Teleportation. Too much of that book. I did love all the connections between the two houses and the mystery of that #13 house, but the book and Mort just never all came together along with the rest of the book. Still an enjoyable read, maybe just in need of a bit more editing?

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