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Tree Girl

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  495 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
A nine-year-old girl searching for her roots must face a forest filled with tree ghouls-and her own deepest fears.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by Ace (first published January 1st 2001)
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Katie Hill
Oct 09, 2012 Katie Hill rated it really liked it
Although this is not a typical sci-fi/fantasy story, the story is absolutely relevant to the middle grade student. Every person must answer questions of heritage, belonging, and existence, and middle school is the time to start hearing those questions. Many students may be able to relate more explicitly to Anna's not knowing her mother, but others will be able to know the feeling of not getting along with parents/guardians, or just wanting to know some answers to the question "Where am I from?" ...more
I don't understand why bears are nice to some people, but not others. In this book, she has a friend who's a bear, but when I tried to talk to one, he was very rude. I guess it depends on the individual bear.
Jin Huh
Oct 09, 2012 Jin Huh rated it liked it
To point out the purpose of a middle grade book, a reader must read, digest, and ask oneself, "What is the lesson portrayed in this book?" In Treegirl, the reading part was easy. The digesting, on the other hand, was challenging.

In T.A. Barron's "Treegirl," a tree ghoul morphs into the object that the onlooker perceives to see. So, the master who expected to see demonic monsters consistently saw them, whereas Treegirl, looking on to something and someone more pleasant got to befriend the ghouls
Melissa Jackson
Oct 09, 2012 Melissa Jackson rated it liked it
This a a simple story about a girl named Rowanna who is searching for what is missing in her life. From the very beginning, she explains a how she wishes she had a mother and wants to go back to the willow tree where her master found her. According to the master, it is bad luck to look towards the forest and they must both stay near their cottage on the beach in order to stay safe from the nasty ghouls. Rowanna soon finds out that the "ghouls" are simply tree spirits who appear as you wish to se ...more
Brian James
Oct 01, 2011 Brian James rated it liked it
I absolutely love the concept behind Tree Girl. Part original fairy tale, part invented myth, the story borrows from various folklores to create its own world within which to exist. The setup is extremely compelling. Nine year old Anna lives in an isolated cottage by the sea with a grouchy man who supposedly rescued her from forest ghouls when she was a baby. The two live in perpetual fear of the forest that surrounds them. Day after day, the man leaves her to go fishing and Anna finds life extr ...more
Rachel Driscoll
Sep 27, 2014 Rachel Driscoll rated it liked it
Shelves: edu-511
"Tree Girl" is the fantastical tale of a nine-year-old girl named Rowanna who lives by the sea with the old man named Master Mellwyn. Her only companions are a an old fir tree she calls Master Burl and a small crow. The Master orders her angrily to never enter the great forest that edges their home, but Rowanna feels drawn to it, in particular, a Great Willow she can see from her cottage by the sea. One day, while chasing her wind-blown hat, Rowanna enters the forest, finds a friend in a bear cu ...more
Jun 28, 2012 Sierra rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
It has been 9 years since the fisherman Mellwyn found the infant Rowanna in the forests surrounding his simple cabin. Anna spends her days alone, climbing trees and dreaming of making friends. Her only companion is an injured sparrow she rescued, whom she dubs “Eagle”.

When Mellwyn tells Anna that he found her under the High Willow, she becomes increasingly more interested in the tree towering above the forest canopy in the distance. She climbs a nearby tree daily to view the willow. But Anna kn
Leketha Outley
Oct 28, 2012 Leketha Outley rated it really liked it
Tree Girl is a haunting story about a girl Rowanna who is growing up on a beach with an old fisherman she calls "Master". She is drawn to the Willow tree in the woods where her Master said he found her. She constantly question him about her mother because she really wants to have someone to identify with. She was always warned not to go beyond where they lived because the ghouls who lived in the wood would have no problem eating her. This fictional story does a good job providing a visual in the ...more
Winona Wagner
Feb 23, 2015 Winona Wagner rated it liked it
A lovely, mystical little story about a girl discovering her roots. It is a simple story, perfect for early elementary reading. Wonderful nature imagery. T. A. Barron's descriptive wording creates such a vibrant and sensory environment. The plot beautifully deals with the relationship between human and nature, the fear of the unknown, and the incredible, liberating power of friendship. As expected, I was not quite as enormously impressed and moved with this book as I was with The Last Years of M ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Trina rated it it was ok
This story is about a girl who lives in a hut on the beach with her father (whom she calls master) and their relationship as he forbids her to ever go into the woods. Later, he says the reason for the forbidden order is due to the fact that he was attacked in the woods when he found her as an abandoned baby, but the truth is that she is part of the forest and the trees, and the forest is her family who was just trying to keep her from being taken (or kidnapped) by the man. As an adult reading th ...more
Jul 06, 2016 Tammy added it
This book was one I discovered when looking for books that might be light reads for our local Environmental Education book group. I would say that the book is suitable for upper elementary students and older. It is about a young girl who lives at the edge of both the sea and a forest, and is trying to figure out who her mother is. She was found as a baby at the base of a large tree deep in the forest, by the man who is currently raising her. As a work of science fiction, some of the characters i ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
Mar 08, 2016 Sarah Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-youth
The ending was a surprise I honestly did not expect. I had my hunches about the characters' mysterious pasts, but I wasn't sure how it would all unfold until the very last pages. I think my favorite character is Eagle, with Sash coming in second. The whole fantastical aspect of the novel is astounding. It is interesting that throughout the whole novel, (view spoiler) ...more
Kelly José
Oct 04, 2008 Kelly José rated it it was amazing
There is something about this book that I absolutely love. The book itself is one of the shortest books that I can say I enjoy to read to this very day.

I just love the feeling and vibe of the whole book. It's full of warm emotions, and sometimes that's the best part about a book. When such a simple book can make me smile and cry, I know that the author did something magical. I can easily say that anyone can enjoy this book if they're looking for a quick, easy read. And when I say quick, I mean q
Amanda Walz
Dec 20, 2014 Amanda Walz rated it really liked it
Tree Girl is about a girl called Rowanna who lives mostly by herself by the sea. She lives with someone she calls the Master. He spends all his days out on his fishing boat leaving Rowanna all alone. He always is warning her to stay out of the nearby forest because of the ghouls. All Rowanna wants is to know who her mother is. She knows she was found in the forest by a large willow, so she wants to go there, but is afraid of the ghouls. This is a really good story, I mostly predicted what would ...more
Feb 11, 2016 Kayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely little book about a girl who lives in a little shack by the sea with a gruff old fisherman who always warns her to stay away from the forest and the ghouls that inhabit it. But of course, Rowanna (Anna for short), feels pulled towards the forest and the beings who live there.

I loved the way Barron wrote about nature; his sentences are very lyrical and full of life. I wish I read this when I was younger, I know I would have fallen in love with it (even more so than I did now). I read th
Amanda Corley
Feb 19, 2012 Amanda Corley rated it it was amazing
This book is about a nine year old girl trying to figure out who she is and where she belongs. In order to do this, she has to get to the big willow tree in the forest, but the Master tells her the forest is filled with tree-ghouls and she is not allowed in the forest, for fear the tree-ghouls will hurt her. This is a very fast read and an exceptional book. I think most middle grade students would be able to read this book and understand the conflicts the main character Anna has. This is a magic ...more
Jun 11, 2015 Samuel rated it really liked it
I have read many things by T.A. Barron, but his creativeness and love for nature truly sparkle in this gem of a story. Picking this book up several times yet failing to read it growing up, I am pleased I finally got through its pages--in only an afternoon, no less. It is quite a quick read but has much to teach any demography of a reader.

That being said, one or two of the subplots did seem to be filler, and a few questions raised in reading go unanswered. 4 out of 5!
Cristal Inoh
This book would absolutely adorable for children in 4th or 5th grade. Although, it was recommended for sixth grade. This book would be nice to have on your shelf and used for kids to read during down time. I do not believe I could have a whole lesson plan set on this for the children. It seems to be a pleasure read and it is targeted towards girls. Young girls could relate to Anna, she is young, but carefree and wild. The structure of the book written is very simple sci fi/ fantasy.
Jun 08, 2014 Kaia rated it liked it
I think it was a good book, I liked how there life style was very different from us. The food the eat was the food they caught or picked. They made their own clothes. I also liked how she liked to climb the trees, and how she was very curious, and adventurous. She is also smart. Its not a too long book or a too short book. I liked how she always wanted to see her past and ho she always wants to see and find her mom.
Apr 29, 2011 Dondero rated it liked it
This book reminded me of a movie I saw recently called Hannah. A young girl and a man live out in the wilderness all by themselves. They hunt for all their food, they built the cabin in which they live, they are isolated from society. That's where the resemblance ends, though. This book takes us into the forest where tree ghouls live and where our heroine, Rowanna, finally finds out where she comes from.
Diana Hanke
Tree Girl tells the story of Anna, a young orphaned girl living with Master Mellwyn, an older gentleman whose main charge is to protect his young charge from the dangers of the tree spirits and ghouls. The book describes Anna's struggle to understand where her mother and father are, and to explain the tie she feels with the trees within the forest. The book was not one of my favorites, but I did like the character descriptions and forest descriptions.
May 21, 2010 Vicki rated it really liked it
Just reread this one, it's on my grade 3 list this year. Nice little fantasy about a young girl raised by an old curmugion in an isolated cottage by the se. She feels the pull to go into the the forest to visit a tree called the high willow, to discover who she is and where she came from, but is forbidden and terrified by the stories of wicked ghouls that live there.
Jun 23, 2011 Ashleigh rated it it was amazing
Another comfort book of mine. I think I first read this when I was ten, or close to the age of the book's protagonist. Since I've striven to have her courage, adventurous spirit and determination- that attitude has carried me well enough so far.
I can't wait till my niece is old enough to enjoy this one for herself.
Mar 13, 2007 Ethenielle rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Readers
Another interesting novel by T.A. Barron (wrote lost years of merlin series) but rather vague in storyline. It wasn't until twenty pages near the end did I realize exactly what was going on besides minor events. However, I did enjoy the concepts of tree spirits known as tree ghouls and an ability I've never really thought of. Not bad overall, but not something I'd read over and over again either.
May 06, 2014 Pashi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As it says in a review on the back, "Tree Girl is sprightly". Full of ancient magic that is brought to the reader in a new light, as fresh and poignant as the scent of autumn pines. Loved the mystery and faerie folky-ness of it, kept me happily stuck in that world and atmosphere while I was reading it. Enjoyed it just as much as I did when I was younger <3
Sep 21, 2009 Lorena rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-gabriella
This was really cute, full of magic, while reading I just kept getting reminded of how far we have gone from truly respecting nature and accepting our place in this planet as just another component.
Jul 07, 2015 Shauna rated it it was amazing
i read this as an assignment at school and it was the best read for school work ever. completely absorbing even today one of the best books I've read. So much so, that i wouldn't mind seeing this as a movie. that would be worth watching.
Jun 08, 2012 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written tale that beckons you along into the magic of Rownanna's forbidden forest to discover the truth about her origins - and her mother. My only criticism is that once that truth is revealed the book ends too abruptly and that magic spell is somewhat broken.
Oct 25, 2013 Lindsey rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
While is liked Rowanna's character - carefree and curious, I found the story to be a little slow.

If you read this one, "again and again" definitely shows up... I also think we may have some interesting "wisers." Let me know what you think!

Mar 16, 2008 Isabella rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: maggie lulu
This is the best book i've ever read. I don't really know why. It's just one of those books that I could read over and over and over again and still enjoy it immensely. If you like books about young girls who live on the beach and are desperate to know her mother, this is the book for you!!!!!
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T.A. Barron grew up in Colorado ranch country and traveled widely as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the winner of the de Grummond Medallion for “lifetime contribution to the field of children’s and young adult literature” and many other awards. T. A. Barron is the author of more than 30 highly acclaimed books, many of which are international bestsellers. They include The Lost Years of Merlin (now being d ...more
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