The Great Treehouse War
It's kids versus parents in this epic treehouse showdown.
Winnie’s last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty life-changing surprise. That was the day Winnie’s parents got divorced, the day they decided that Winnie would live three days a week with each of them and spend Wednesdays by herself in a treehouse smack between their houses, to divide her time perfectly evenly between them. It was the day Winnie’s seed of frustration with her parents was planted, a seed that grew and grew until it felt like it was as big as a tree itself.
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 her. It’s kids versus grown-ups, and no one wants to back down first. But with ten kids in one treehouse, all with their own demands, Winnie discovers that things can get pretty complicated pretty fast! (Even if they are having the most epic slumber party ever.)
Resources for teachers and librarians
(aligned to Common Core standards for grades 4-7)
Awards and honors
The Great Treehouse War has been named to five state reading lists!
- Great Texas Mosquito List 2019-2020
Reviews and praise
School Library Journal
It’s kids vs. parents in epic fashion, and Graff’s not-quite-fantasy world is every kid’s dream. All of the frustrations young people feel with their parents during a divorce are hilariously hyperbolized in a way that will make children feel vindicated and less alone . . . Graff’s whimsical, original work is a breath of fresh air. A strong addition to any middle grade collection.
In this appealing faux-memoir, 11-year-old Winnie Malladi-Maraj is caught in a tug-of-war between her divorced parents. Unable to find perfect parity as they compete to spend holidays with their daughter, they embark on a ridiculous rash of one-upmanship, celebrating Flag Day, National Slinky Day, and World UFO Day in outlandish, time-consuming ways that leave Winnie more stressed than impressed. . . Graff structures her story as a "collective memoir" that Winnie and her friends put together in hopes of winning a writing contest and avoiding flunking; editorial comments from her friends offering editorial commentary are scattered throughout on sticky notes, along with maps, memos, emails, cartoons, and how-to guides, creating a vibrant patchwork of personalities that gives voice to the power of friendship.
TIME for Kids
Kids would love this book because it is based on a girl almost everybody can relate to. . . It is funny and has a great story line. . . I could not put it down.
Combining over-the-top storytelling with down-home wisdom, this appealing chapter book is easy to booktalk and fun to read.
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