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Big Tree

Big Tree

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The fate of all life on Earth may depend on the bravery of two little seeds in this epic adventure from the #1 New York Times bestselling creator and Caldecott Medalist of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

"The tale of the natural world is the greatest story we have to tell, and Brian delivers a brilliant chapter of that tale throughout the pages of Big Tree." -- STEVEN SPIELBERG

"We need brave, big stories like [Big Tree]." --The New York Times Book Review

"Has the power to intrigue...affecting." -- The Wall Street Journal

* "An enthralling and expansive meditation on what it means to be alive on this planet." -- Booklist, starred review

* "A balanced and rich book. . . . Powerful."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred and recommended review

* "In evocative prose and peppery dialogue . . . the cinematic story journeys across time and space, contemplating the power of life to heal." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "A special, one-of-a-kind book for the whole family that readers won't soon forget." -- School Library Journal, starred review

* "Masterful." -- The Horn Book, starred review

"Inspirational, important, and beautiful. A fable for our times." -- Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee and Ground Zero

"Hello, stars. I thought I heard you calling me."

A mysterious voice has been speaking to Louise in her dreams. She and her brother Merwin are Sycamore seeds, who hope to one day set down roots and become big trees. But when a fire forces them to leave their mama tree prematurely, they find themselves catapulted into the unknown, far from home. Alone and unprepared, they must use their wits and imagination to navigate a dangerous world--filled with dinosaurs, meteors, and volcanoes!--and the fear of never finding a safe place to grow up. As the mysterious voice gets louder, Louise comes to realize their mission in life may be much bigger than either of them ever could have imagined!

Brimming with humor, wonder, mystery, and a profound sense of hope, Big Tree is a trailblazing adventure, illustrated with nearly 300 pages of breathtaking pictures. It is Selznick's most imaginative and far-reaching work to date and a singular reading experience for the whole family.

The audiobook edition of BIG TREE is brought magnificently to life by Meryl Streep and features music composed by Ernest Troost.

Author: Brian Selznick
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: 04/04/2023
Pages: 528
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 2.46lbs
Size: 8.58h x 5.91w x 1.89d
ISBN: 9781338180633
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.1
Point Value: 2
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 519253 / Big Tree

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 01/01/2023 pg. 70
Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2023
Publishers Weekly 02/20/2023
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 03/01/2023 - Book Of Special Distinction
School Library Journal 04/01/2023 pg. 131
Horn Book Magazine 05/01/2023 pg. 149
BookPage 04/01/2023

About the Author
Brian Selznick's books have sold millions of copies, garnered countless awards worldwide, and been translated into more than 35 languages. He broke open the novel form with his innovative and genre-defying thematic trilogy, beginning with the Caldecott Medal-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Invention of Hugo Cabret, adapted into Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning movie Hugo. He followed that with the #1 New York Times bestseller, Wonderstruck, adapted into the eponymous movie by celebrated filmmaker Todd Haynes, with a screenplay by Selznick, and the New York Times bestseller, The Marvels. Selznick's two most recent books for young people, Baby Monkey, Private Eye, co-written with his husband David Serlin, and Kaleidoscope, a New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2021, were both New York Times bestsellers as well. He also illustrated the 20th anniversary edition covers of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Selznick and Serlin divide their time between Brooklyn, New York and La Jolla, California. Learn more at and

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