Stand Tall

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G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 182 pages
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Size matters, but Tree needs convincing. At six feet, three and a half inches, he's the tallest seventh grader in the history of his school, and people expect big things. But he's not good at basketball, he looks much older than he feels, and his parents' divorce is all too new. He copes by helping people like his grandpa, a Vietnam vet who's just had part of a leg amputated, and Sophie, a new girl who's being taunted at school.

Taking things apart helps, too. He learned that from Grandpa. And in the process of seeing how lamps get rewired and laser pens work, in Grandpa's powerful memories of the Vietnam War, in helping an old soldier learn to walk again, in Sophie's insistence that Tree be himself, he begins to heal from the divorce and learns to stand tall. But when a flood threatens his home, Tree's new-found confidence is put to the test.

Newbery Honor-winning author Joan Bauer's story, packed with memorable characters and her trademark humor, is about finding purpose in tough times. And it's about Tree's giant heart, not his giant size, making him a hero.

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Amazing wording, thought, character development. - Goodreads
The writing style was alright it was very simple. - Goodreads
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Tree is a twelve year old middle school student in this humorous novel, who 'stands tall' at six foot three inches tall. Tree is learning to cope with many things including his height, his parents ... Read full review

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I have yet to read a Joan Bauer book that I do not like. Her stories could be about anyone we know. They are about ordinary people. And yet there is always someone extraordinary in her stories in the ... Read full review


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About the author (2002)

Joan Bauer is the criticallyacclaimed author of numerous young adult novels, including "Best Foot Forward," "Rules of the Road" (recipient of the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize) and Newbery Honor-winner Hope Was Here. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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