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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. And for as long as he can remember, the old, reliable, comforting walnut tree has stood between his house and the one next door. That is, until a new family--with a particularly annoying girl his age--moves into the neighboring house and, without warning, cuts it down.
Publisher: New York, NY : Walden Pond Press, 2021
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062937063
Call Number: jF ARNO
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: House that was not there


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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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