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View from the Cherry Tree

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  1,165 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
Rob admits having seen a murder, but no one believes him--except the murderer.
Hardcover, 181 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Turtleback Books (first published 1975)
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Elizabeth S
Nov 13, 2008 Elizabeth S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-juvenile, z-2011
I had read this before. Well, really, listened to it as my 6th grade teacher read it out-loud. I remember I liked it, but I'm more impressed now by how well written this book is. Basically, Robbie is an 11-year-old kid who accidentally sees his cranky next-door neighbor pushed out the window, murdered. It is the day before his sister's wedding, so no one has time to listen to him. I am impressed by how everything is so believable and realistic. Nothing sounds contrived, even the reasons everyone ...more
Peggy
Jan 23, 2009 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a short, quick read and on the surface seems like just a kid adventure story of Rob who has terrible things happening to him. He tries to tell his parents that he thinks the neighbor has been murdered, but they are wrapped in his sister's wedding and just ignore him. The plot is entertaining, but there is a good message here of how we tend not to pay attention to kids and think they do not know what they are talking about. I think this is a great book for kids as I think they will relate ...more
Nicole
Jul 03, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up from the library when I was about twelve and oh how I loved it! It has mystery, murder, suspense and I don't think I moved from the spot I was in when I opened the book until I finished it. It was one of my fondest ambitions to get myself into a murder/mystery situation but reading about it was the next best thing and this book didn't dissappoint me!
Megan
Oct 12, 2008 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's very interesting. The best part is when the little boy pretends to be dead on the old ladies porch by putting ketchup on himself. It was hilarious.
Emily
6th grade booktalk
Rob is a quiet eleven year-old – he spends a lot of his time sitting in the branches of his family’s cherry tree, watching the neighborhood go by. Lately, he’s been up there a lot – his sister Darcy is getting married, and the house is full of relatives and friends (and Darcy’s ex-suitors, too) preparing for the wedding and generally going insane. It’s easier for Rob to just disappear up the tree – otherwise someone might find a job for him to do. Plus, he can keep away from h
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Doreen
Jul 02, 2009 Doreen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Susan J.
This was a very suspenseful read. The main character, Rob, is well written as a put upon younger brother lost in the midst of his oldest sister's wedding preparations. However, given the references to murder, drugs, and alcohol, as well as the bad language (much of it implied), I would recommend this for middle school age and up. You know, not for my 4th grade daughter who highly recommended it to me...sheesh! Perhaps I should see if she has any questions about what she read in it. And perhaps I ...more
Kathleen
The Book: The View from the Cherry Tree, by Willo Davis Roberts

The Banhammer: It "contain[s] vulgar words...and with the way this book would teach 12-year-olds that its OK to treat elderly people like the lady in the book was treated." It's also been challenged because of violence and being age-inappropriate. Information from here; sadly I can't find any slightly more reputable sources, but I've seen these reasons confirmed in at least three disreputable sources unconnected with each other.

My R
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06ellaj
Oct 10, 2011 06ellaj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of this book doesn’t sound very interesting, but this page turning, fast paced mystery is a very exciting book. Wilo Davis Roberts fills each of the 181 pages with vivid descriptions and fascinating action. The book is filled with intriguing ideas and some great action that keeps you reading until the very end. The main audience of this book is mostly kids who like to read exciting mysteries. It’s great book for kids of almost all ages and an awesome Halloween story.

While sitting in
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Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

Rob's older sister, Darcy, is getting married, and everyone in the household is caught up in the preparations. Wanting to stay out of the way, Rob climbs into the cherry tree between his house and the house of the lady next door, Mrs. Calloway. While there, he overhears Mrs. Calloway talking with a man, and the next thing he knows, she's been pushed out the window and sent to her death! Rob is absolutely sure of what he has seen, but when he
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Doug
Jun 01, 2013 Doug rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For better or worse, I found myself thinking of The View from the Cherry Tree as sort of what-if-Ralphie-of-A-Christmas-Story-witnessed-a-murder? story. (The novel substantially predates the film, of course, but post-dates the Jean Shepherd novel from which the film drew, so maybe the association isn't entirely spurious. (Then again, it could as easily be what-if-Dennis-the-Menace-witnessed-a-murder?) The about-the--author notes indicate that this is Roberts' first novel for younger readers, and ...more
Jen
Dec 27, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know why I loved this book when I was younger. Reading it as an adult, I think it may not be good for all young readers. It's a little advanced and with a cat named S.O.B. and an adult trying to kill an 11 year old, it is probably better for more advanced younger readers.

Be that as it may, it's well written. The characters are all realistic. The suspense is done very well. I admit I was skimming at the end because it was almost too much for me. I can be a bit of a scaredy cat at times! Speaki
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Julie Decker
This book is about a child who witnesses a murder. After everyone else believes the murder was just an accident, Rob tries to convince police and parents that he isn't making up what he saw, and before long he's worried he'll become the killer's next victim.

I rated this book as low as I did for a couple reasons, and one is simply subjective: Mysteries aren't my thing unless I don't feel like the author is deliberately leading me around, and this one did feel contrived at times to avoid the revel
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Danica Ingram
May 11, 2014 Danica Ingram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wait. You know for a fact that your son just watched someone die, but then when he wants to talk to you, you tell him that you are too busy? I don’t care what else you have going on, your child has experienced real trauma. You stop and listen, you moron! That made me so mad, I had to put the book down and come back to it later. I understand that the author tried hard to show that Rob was known to tell “whoppers” and cause mischief and that, simultaneously, everyone else was too distracted to lis ...more
Jenna West
Feb 24, 2015 Jenna West rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book took me a bit to get through, because of the fact that Rob's whole family talks about his sister Darcy's wedding. With that being said, it was a great book! A little morbid for younger children, because it has such good description in the death of Mrs. Calloway. It was interesting to see that none of the adults would listen to 11-year-old Rob when he was trying to explain that Mrs. Calloway's death was not an accident, but a murder. I think it can teach kids that it really is bad to cr ...more
Kay
Jan 03, 2013 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just reread this murder mystery for the third time. I've been reading "hard to plough through" books lately, and needed a page turner. I knew this one would fill the bill. I try to wait long enough between readings that I don’t remember "who done it." I didn’t wait long enough this time. Before many pages, I remembered who the murderer was, but still that didn’t spoil it for me. I literally couldn’t put it down. The book is written for older children, but it is intense! It’s the story of a chi ...more
Cami
Sep 12, 2008 Cami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cat’s name is S.O.B., initials that “meant just what you’d think they meant”—introducing the kind of characters in this family but also a little distracting when trying to read about the cat. Rob demonstrates supreme reasoning and problem-solving skills given the circumstances. He is a smart kid that stays calm and thinks things through under stress. I am not okay, however, with the idea of a kid being a witness to a murder; a friend of mine was a witness to a murder as a teenager, and it ha ...more
Talia
May 31, 2009 Talia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction, j-mystery
When Rob witnesses a murder from his favorite spying spot in the cherry tree, he tries to tell his family about what he’s seen. But his family is preoccupied with his older sister’s wedding and no one takes Rob seriously. Then Rob starts noticing that someone may be trying to kill HIM to keep him quiet!

I remember reading this for a 6th grade reading class, which is kinda shocking given some of the material in this book. A murder, drugs, a cat called S.O.B…my teacher must’ve trusted us! Anyway, t
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Kelly
Sep 04, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The main character, Rob, is all boy in a world of mainly women, women who happen to be focused on a wedding. The story is fast paced and moves from one point to the next very smoothly. As this is a mystery I was pleasantly surprised that the villain wasn't revealed too quickly, although not hidden terribly deeply either.

I did have a few problems with the book. First off, the name of the cat, which plays a vital role in the book is S.O.B. and it stands for exactly wh
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Madalynn
Mar 20, 2011 Madalynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. In its own way, its kinda like a mystery book that had a little suspense at the end.
The beginning was ok. After the lady got murdered it was better.
I like the end where someone was trying to murder the boy because he saw someone push the old lady out the window adn everybody thought that she had just fell out. When he tried to tell his parents everybody would ignor him becasue his sister was about to get married so he decided to take it into his own hands. Thats when things g
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Nicole
May 05, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably only an "average" book told in an "average" way, but I really liked it and would read it again. While the characters could best be described as either stock or underdeveloped, the pacing was very appropriate for a middle-grade reader mystery novel. With more violence than typically found in a middle-grade mystery (gunshots fired, attempted poisoning), it felt "grittier" and pushed the envelope a bit given the age group. This is a pleasant summer afternoon novel...fun and takes y ...more
J.S.
Jul 14, 2014 J.S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-ya
Life around the Mallory home is hectic with the upcoming wedding of Rob's sister, Darci. So hectic that no one pays much attention to Rob - except when he gets in trouble. So, while sitting in the cherry tree he hears mean old Mrs. Calloway arguing with someone right before she gets pushed out the window, the strap on the binoculars around her neck catching on a tree branch, hanging her right in front of him. The problem is that no one believes him when he tells them she was murdered. No one, ex ...more
Jeremy
the view from the cherry tree is a fairly easy book, but it has a great plot. it tells of a kid named Rob Mallory and how he saw his neighbor get murdered. he was followed by a mysterious person who was trying to kill him. the killer ended up being someone who was closer to him than he could have ever imagined. it was exciting throughout the book, and has lots of action. in my opinion anyone can read this book, but it's not just a book about a murder. i think a lesson you can learn from reading ...more
Kristin
Jul 21, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the better books I've read of hers recently.

It was entertaining. I liked that the boy was so observant, and felt terrible that no one would listen to him because they were busy with their own stuff.

The description of the victim's passing was definitely disturbing. I was surprised at how detailed it was for a children's book. Very creepy.

I /was/ annoyed at the shift in point of view at the end. It was third person limited to Robbie's point of view and his insights. But the last
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Melanie
Jun 29, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
I read this book when I was ten or eleven, and I loved it. I have always loved mysteries, and this was one of the few children's mysteries that I have ever read that are murder mysteries. It's scary. Rob sees the murder of his neighbor, but no one believes that it was anything but an accident. His family is too busy getting ready for his sister's wedding to pay any attention to what they think is one of his wild stories. I didn't figure out the ending when I read it in fifth grade, and by that p ...more
Megan
Sep 09, 2009 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad to have read this book since I remember checking it out MANY times in Elementary school. There was a cat named S.O.B. in the book, so you can imagine how 'naughy' and cool the book seemed to all of us 4th graders. Anyway, I don't remember if I ever actually finished the book in Elementary School, I'm guessing no. It was a good read. I do think, however, that it would be much more appropriate for a middle school student than a 4th grader since it's about murder, drugs, and a cat named S. ...more
Maura
Mar 23, 2014 Maura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, challenged
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Amanda
Mar 12, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chanced across a copy of this at the Wilmette Public Library Friends of the Library used book store, for 50 cents!
Read half? three quarters? of this book my first summer at Camp Clearwater the summer after 5th(?) grade, but had borrowed
it from my cabin mate. She packed the book up at the end of camp before I had a chance to finish it!
The book came to mind frequently since then... more recently it was a simply a vague memory from adolescence, but
certainly I've always wondered how it ended!! Only
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Ashlee Moser
Nov 20, 2014 Ashlee Moser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! I love a good mystery and I thought this book had a great story and suspenseful moments. The only thing I struggled with was at what age I should read this with my students? There was some language, drugs, and murder in the book and I am not sure I would want to introduce that or even talk about it. Also, it would seem better that I would read it here in a school in Idaho rather than an inner city school. I could trigger a personal experience with the book that could ...more
Chloe Ledwith
"The View From the Cherry Tree," by Willo Davis Roberts, is about a young boy named Rob who spends a lot of time in the cherry tree in his yard, now that his family is so involved with his sister's wedding. While hiding away in the cherry tree, Rob can see and hear everything and everyone. He even experiences his neighbor fall out of her window and die hanging on a branch of a tree by her binoculars. Rob is convinced he saw someone push the old lady of her window but no one will listen to him, e ...more
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Willo Davis Roberts was an American writer chiefly known for her mystery novels for children and young adults. She won Edgar Allan Poe awards in 1989, 1995, and 1997 for best juvenile and best young adult mysteries. Her books included The View from the Cherry Tree, Twisted Summer, Don't Hurt Laurie, Megan's Island, Baby-sitting is a Dangerous Job, Hostage, The Girl with Silver Eyes, The One Left B ...more
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