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View from the Cherry Tree

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,029 ratings  ·  142 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
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
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
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.
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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
Jenna West
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
Danica Ingram
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
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
Ashlee Moser
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
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
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
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
Jaycee Dixon
I really loved this book! I didn't want to put it down after I had started reading it. It was very interesting and had an interesting plot twist at the end. I loved that the whole book allowed me to be enthralled. Every single page was full of excitement and it would leave me wondering, "what will happen next?" I think that I would read this to older students because some of the material is mature. I think that they would be very interested to hear this book in class.
Angela Jones
I would not let my child read this book. I found this book to be okay for adults, but I would not let children read this book. I found the book to be suspenseful, entertaining, and well-written; however, that was about it. The story talked about drugs, had a child as the murderer, swore quite often, had a cat named S.O.B., and described the murder in greater detail than it needed to be. I do not recommend this book to children and definitely won't let my kiddos read it.
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
Crysta Xue
I would not let young children read this because one it has parts where it talks about drug content, theft, a very descriptive death, a boy's life threatened, and the final draw for me was that the family cat was named S.O.B. I liked the book as far as suspense, but I am an adult and understand the warnings mentioned above. But when it was describing the death of the person who was murdered it was descriptive to the point that I felt nauseated.
This book was entertaining enough, but it definitely wasn't my favorite. I found it hard to believe that nobody would sit and talk to a little boy who had just watched someone die. That would be absolutely traumatizing. I had guessed Uncle Ray would be the murderer, but I was way off base. Then I was confused why he was really in the story. This was an okay read for me.
Ashlynn Johnson
I liked the book, but I didn't like some of the details. For example, I didn't like the way the characters acted, it was horrible. But I understand that for the story to unfold, that is the way they have to be. Some of the things seemed a little too old for kids, like drugs and swearing. It's a great mystery and pretty good read.
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
Jennica Crockett
This was a fun book to read. I didn't think I would get too into it but I actually did! I found myself reading it in one sitting because I was so into the book. It wasn't a very hard mystery to solve but I enjoyed reading it. I think this would be a great option for children to read.
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
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
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 and takes y ...more
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
slow growing mystery with exciting ending;lots of writing that creates growing awareness of my character of his predicament; bk knowledge - Am. Wedding customs; rural town family life; complex language - descriptions
Rebecca McNutt
This YA novel wasn't as suspenseful or intriguing as I was expecting; in fact its limited vocabulary and choppy sentences turned me off of it. But the characters were likeable and that kept me reading it.
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
Goge (BARRONS) le Moning Maniac,
WHOAH I've been looking for this book for a long time!!! I remember being fascinated by this book! It was one of my first murder story books! I had nightmares! But they were fascinating nightmares!I need to read this again soon!
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
This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I hadn't read it as an adult and I'm glad I did. It's still as fascinating for me.
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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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