Or not. The pen is mightier than the sword, right?
What do we do in times of strife? When neighbors and good people are being singled out for persecution or isolation or bullying?
Some writers write. Katherine Applegate writes.
She’s written about cruelty to animals (The One and Only Ivan) and homelessness and hunger (Crenshaw). Now Wishtree seems to be calling out to a moment troubled by anger and anti-Muslim sentiments, among other things. Does it solve any problems? No, not really. Could it start some discussions? Maybe. In 211 pages, it manages to weave together a history of caring for each other with a tree, its residents, and the people of a neighborhood who might be on the edge of forgetting how we live together and care about each other. It does this all quietly, with exactly the kind of stillness and humor you’d expect from a red oak.
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate