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Family Tree #1: Better to Wish by Ann M. Martin

Posted by Caitie F on August 25, 2013

Title: Family Tree #1: Better to WishBetter To Wish
Author: Ann M Martin
Hardcover: 240 pages
Pub Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

Four generations. Four girls. One family.An amazing new four-book series from Ann M. Martin.In 1930, Abby Nichols is eight, and can’t imagine what her future holds. The best things today would be having a dime for the fair, keeping her Pops from being angry, and saving up eighty-seven cents to surprise her little sister with a tea set for Christmas.But Abby’s world is changing fast. Soon there will be new siblings to take care of, a new house to move into, and new friends to meet. But there will also be good-byes to say and hard choices to make. As Abby grows older, how will she decide what sort of life will fit her best?


I always say that i want more historical fiction and young adult and middle grade. This book is a wonderful middle grade historical book and is the first in a series and multiple generations of the same family. And yes, it is THAT Ann M Martin.

I loved the history in this book. It feels like you were dropped into 1930s America in both the good ways and the bad. The highlight of the summer is the fair coming into town. But every interaction with friends shows the father’s prejudice against the Irish or the Catholics, or anyone that wasn’t him. It was at times difficult to read about those prejudices, but we need to remember where we came from and learn from it.

Abby is a smart, headstrong young woman and readers will connect with her. She deals with so many things that girls still deal with today: school, making new friends, loss, and family. I found myself getting very emotional as I read this story.

I loved that in the end she took a path that was best for her, but did so in a way that didn’t say that any other paths were bad.

This is a wonderfully written book and I am excited to read the rest of the series about the women in future generations of this family.

If you are looking for a book with a strong female character that will be a good role model, this is a great choice!


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