Not really the right time of the year for this topic…but maybe as you’re huddled by the fireplace or your radiator, you might enjoy reading about these adventures in the (warmer!) outdoors. And once you thaw out from this winter blast, maybe you could stop by the library and check out a book about building a tree house in the spring!
In case you don’t remember, our 5 Books Featuring are five related Books–One Old, One New, One Popular with Kids, One Well-Reviewed, and One Favorite of library staff–but you’ll have to guess which is which! Each book has a short synopsis and link to the book in the catalog, so you can easily find and request it.
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Graff, Lisa. The Great Treehouse WarThe Great Treehouse War
Winnie’s last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty life-changing surprise. That was the day Winnie’s parents got divorced and decided that Winnie would live three days a week with each of them and spend Wednesdays by herself in a treehouse between their houses, to divide her time perfectly evenly. Too bad no one consulted Winnie.
By the end of fifth grade, Winnie decides that the only way to change things is to barricade herself in her treehouse until her parents come to their senses–and her friends decide to join. It’s kids vs. grown-ups, and no one wants to back down first. But with ten kids in one treehouse, all with their own demands, things get pretty complicated! Even if they are having the most epic slumber party ever.
Griffiths, Andy. The 13-Story Treehouse
Andy and Terry live in the most amazing treehouse in the world! It has thirteen stories, a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a secret underground laboratory, and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you are hungry. Life would be perfect for Andy and Terry if it wasn’t for the fact that they have to write their next book, which is almost impossible because there are just so many distractions, including thirteen flying cats, giant bananas, mermaids, a sea monsters pretending to be mermaids, enormous gorillas, and dangerous burp gas-bubblegum bubbles! (If you read the whole series, you’ll find out that the boys will get up to 91 stories…)
Kimmel, Haven. Kaline Klattermaster’s Tree House
Kaline Klattermaster loves his mom. Adores his mom. But she can be, well…a bit forgetful sometimes. A bit lax. A bit…crazy? For instance, when she gives him a chicken leg for breakfast…or forgets that he needs to go to school. And he’s not completely sure his mother understands how time works.
His mom has been a bit more crazy since his dad left. So it’s a very good thing that the folks in Kaline’s tree house are not so crazy. The two brothers and one hundred dogs that live in his tree house–and his strange neighbor Mr. Osiris Putnaminski–help him cope. They understand him. His mom hints that the tree house is imaginary, but Kaline is unconvinced. Kaline Klattermaster is a boy who understands the importance of a few good friends!
Roberts, Willo Davis. The View From the Cherry Tree
Rob is the youngest in his family, and is used to being ignored. But with his older sister getting married, and everyone wrapped up in wedding preparations, Rob is left to his own devices even more than usual. He doesn’t mind though, he kind of enjoys sitting up in his perch way up in the cherry tree, looking down on everyone while he remains unseen.
But when Rob looks over at Mrs. Calloway’s house, he sees something he never expected; the murder of his elderly neighbor. Rob tries to tell his family, but no one believes him. No one, but the murderer. Rob didn’t see his face, but now he has to figure out who it is, before he’s the next victim.
Wyss, Johann David. The Swiss Family Robinson
A terrible shipwreck; a deserted island. One family will emerge alive from this terrible storm: the Robinsons–a Swiss pastor, his wife, and their four sons, plus two dogs and a shipload of livestock. As they struggle to create a new life on a strange and fantastic tropical island home, each boy must learn to utilize his own unique nature. Their adventures lead to difficult challenges and amazing discoveries, including a puzzling message tied to an albatross’s leg. Featuring amazingly resourceful characters and a wondrous landscape bursting with exotic wildlife and plants, (as well as a treehouse home!) this is an irresistible tale of ingenuity. A wonderful adventure, where each moment brings a new thrill.
If the original is too old-fashioned in language and style, try the Classic Starts version by Chris Tait. It retains the flavor of the original for modern readers.
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Stay warm in this cold as you enjoy these tropical (and not-so-tropical) adventures!