The Magic of Melwick Orchard

The Magic of Melwick Orchard

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Description

After more moves than they can count, Isa's family finally puts down roots. People in town are afraid of the abandoned orchard behind their home, but Isa and her sister Junie are happy to have acres of land to explore.

But when Junie gets sick, Isa's mom falls into a depression, and medical bills force Isa's dad to work more. No one notices that Isa's clothes are falling apart and her stomach is empty.

Out of frustration, Isa buries her out-grown sneakers in the orchard. The next day a sapling sprouts buds that bloom to reveal new shoes. Can Isa use this magical tree to save her family?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 376 pages
  • 137 x 193 x 33mm | 440g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 1512466875
  • 9781512466874

Review quote

'There was no place for magic in a world where a six-year-old gets cancer, ' states 12-year-old Isa, whose younger sister, Junie, was diagnosed five months earlier. The family of four had finally arrived in a town that they liked after many moves due to job transfers. With all the displacement, Isa relied on Junie as her only friend, and now Junie lives at the hospital. Their mother has fallen into a deep depression, and their father is always working to pay the mound of medical bills. Isa feels invisible around her family and resists letting anyone else get close to her; even her genuinely kind schoolmate Kira is 'a major violation of my don't-need-friends policy, ' Isa says. One day, in the neighboring orchard, a tree sprouts a pair of shoes that Isa needs, then gives her cookies. Inspired by local myths, she wonders whether the trees can save her family. Caprara pens an emotional first novel about the fear that accompanies hope. The fragile relationship between the sisters is well drawn, and though the family's life seems on the brink of blowing apart, Caprara skillfully shows that good things are quietly blossoming.--Publishers Weekly

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90 ratings
4.48 out of 5 stars
5 62% (56)
4 28% (25)
3 8% (7)
2 1% (1)
1 1% (1)
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