GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
AGE RANGE: 14+
SUMMARY: 14-year-old Tree (Teresa) is the head of household because her mother (Violet) leaves her and her brother to basically fend for themselves(she drops off groceries when they get low, but doesn’t live with them). Yet, Tree has grown accustomed to this lifestyle, taking care of a brother who has mental disabilities, securing the household, and going to school. Her life changes, however, when she sees a ghost manifesting in the middle of her table, a ghost that will alter her family interactions forever.
WHAT I LIKE: I appreciated that Hamilton presented an interesting family story wrapped in a ghost story of sorts. Tree intrigued me, and I loved the relationship she had with her brother, Dab. However, I haaaaaaaated the way Dab was described and treated by other characters (including Tree and Violet) even though it was a realistic portrayal of how people treat people with disabilities. I guess she did a good job with that, but it still made me mad. I also disliked how distant Violet was.
1 - I wouldn't recommend it