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Stand Tall

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  1,299 ratings  ·  162 reviews
Tree is six foot, three and a half inches tall and still growing. He's never really fit in, but with the help of his grandpa and the new girl at school, Tree begins to realize that he can stand tall and be himself, no matter where he is.
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Turtleback Books (first published August 26th 2002)
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Melanie
Tree, whose name is actually Sam, is the tallest 7th grader in his class. Actually he's the tallest person in his entire school and he just seems to keep growing. While dealing with his parents' recent divorce, Tree works with his grandfather--helping him with his rehabilitation after having his leg amputated due to an injury he sustained in Vietnam. When Sophie, the strange new girl at school stands up to some popular girls, Tree realizes that he has to stand up for himself too, at home, at sch ...more
Maddy
This book was very good. I think the author did a very good job at targeting the young adult audience. The book did a good job at illustrating the struggles of divorce and bullying for a young boy. Stand Tall lets you see and feel the emotions and everyday life with everyday struggles. In all this book did a really good job of opening my eyes to the world outside of my own.Stand Tall
Alyssa
Again I'm astounded by Bauer. Her heart, her understanding, her way with words. She's fabulous and I highly recommend anything I've read so far (Backwater, Hope Was Here, Stand Tall...is that all?).

I don't make a habit of retelling the story, so I won't do it here either. Sorry.

A boy protagonist! Bauer doesn't employ that device often and I wish she would! Not that her females aren't fantastic, because they are...but Tree was wonderful. He was real and so was his life.

This book deals with frie
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Amy DeMordaunt
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Cinnapatty
I have yet to read a Joan Bauer book that I do not like. Her stories could be about anyone we know. They are about ordinary people. And yet there is always someone extraordinary in her stories in the way they uplift and inspire and encourage. That person is the Grandfather in this story. Many others follow his lead, but he is the beacon of light in this story.

While I love a happy ending, I don't think any of her stories are "Happily ever after" stories, and that's OK. They are real, but they don
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Bayleigh Klinedinst
This book is about a boy who is abnormally tall for his age and doesn't have many friends. As he struggles to adjust to life after his parents divorce, he helps his grandfather get through a leg amputation. The two work together to overcome their situations.

I appreciated the theme of this book and I understood the points that the author was trying to make, but I was not a fan of the writing style at all. I was often confused at which character's point of view the story was being told from. The w
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Zapperzz
Stand Tall’s theme is courage. Tree shows tremendous courage through out the book, especially when big obstacles occur in Tree’s life. When Tree’s dog started suffering he stayed strong, and tried to help the situation as much as he could. Also during the flood he remains tall, and tries to do everything he can to help the animals. I think the author is wrote this book geared towards kids around our age. The theme is telling us not to give up even when things get hard. I think that makes this bo ...more
Linda Lipko
What a season! January and February winter winds whipped the air. One NE Pennsylvania snowstorm brought 17" of icy cold accumulation. What at first provided a beautiful white wonderland, became ugly, gray piles that stubbornly refused to abandon their steadfast mountain.

Finally after unrelenting days of heavy, pelting rain, the tangible reminder of cold, bitter days melted into the wet earth.

Today's sunshine brought a harbinger of spring. And, the delightful book I finished tonight was a breath
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Nichole
Apr 20, 2009 Nichole is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The main character in the book Stand Tall is a seventh grade boy named Sam. He stands at 6 foot 3 1/2 inches tall and is still getting taller. Because of his abnormal height, he answers to Tree, a name given to him by a classmate. It has been years since someone has actually called him Sam. As if being the tallest seventh grader in the history of his school and the tallest boy his town had ever seen isn't enough to deal with, his whole world shifts when his parents decide to divorce. His mom sch ...more
Chelsea Denisse
I had some problems with this book but overall 3 stars!

Characters: The characters were alright though I didn't find anything special about any one of them. Tree was good, I think he acted as anyone would, with his height, his parents' divorce, and his grandfather's rehab to learn to walk again. His brothers' Curtis and Larry were especially my favorite characters. Even though we only saw them for a little bit you could tell how much they loved their family and how much the divorce hurt them even
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Heidi
I like the two Joan Bauer books that I've read so far, so I was eager for this one. I think Mom was all right with it, too. But we were both stunned when the book marked as one CD abruptly ended. There is no way this was only 1 CD, and judging by the summary I'm pretty sure this library copy is missing about 2 CDs. I'll have to find another audio book or give in and read the print copy.

And then tell Mom how it ends.

2/5/11 Finally got a hold of a complete copy and finished listening to it today.
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K.
Mar 03, 2013 K. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K. by: Bauer's writing recommends reading more of her
Again I'm astounded by Bauer. Her heart, her understanding, her way with words. She's fabulous and I highly recommend anything I've read so far (Backwater, Hope Was Here, Stand Tall...is that all?).

I don't make a habit of retelling the story, so I won't do it here either. Sorry.

A boy protagonist! Bauer doesn't employ that device often and I wish she would! Not that her females aren't fantastic, because they are...but Tree was wonderful. He was real and so was his life.

This book deals with frie
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Steve Clark
While not her best book, Bauer consistently hits enough of the right notes to bring home another winner. Tree, nicknamed for his well-above-average height for a twelve-year old, is dealing with his own adolescent awkwardness in a world that expects a kid of his size to excel at sports (like his older brothers did) while working through his parent's recent divorce. He's helped greatly by his beloved grandfather, who has problems of his own--just having lost a leg to an old war injury. There's a p ...more
Darcy
I am not sure if I should admit this, but the only reason I picked up this book was because I needed a book with the word “Stand” in the title. I wanted an audio book to listen to at work and my library had this available. I thought the description was ok, but was short enough that if I didn’t care for it, well then I wasn’t out much time. It didn’t take me long before I was sucked into this book and I am glad now that I needed a “Stand” book and I picked this one.

I felt for Tree, hated that he
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Hailey Story
The theme of this book would be Friendship. Tree doesn't have many friends but the ones he actually have help him through his rough times throughout this book like his parents divorce and his grandpa just getting back from war. Tree and his Grandpa Have a strong relationship when it comes to being friends for example when Trees dad isn't around to be there for tree or give him fatherly advice Trees grandpa is always there right by his side. His friend Sophie sticks up for him at school or if he ...more
Jarrett
One of the themes in Stand Tall is friendship. Sam (also know as Tree) doesn’t have many friends but the ones that he has are really good fiends. Sam’s best friend “Sophie” helped tree through one of his hardest times in life. She helped Sam by being there for him not matter what it was or what happened. Sam’s other friend was his grandpa; Sam’s grandpa helped Sam when he needed help or when Grandpa thought that Sam needed advice on life. I think that what Joan Bauer was trying to say about the ...more
Heather Hansen
Review in progress: As I read it. JoDean recommended this one and I like it already and I am only on page 5. So I am going to write what I find.

The book is about a 6' 3 1/2" 12 year old nick-named Tree (real name Sam). (My review is at the bottom.)

pg. 5 - ...being a tree is the best thing going in the plant world. People expect trees to be strong and steady and give good shade. Tallness is packed with great expectations.

pg. 7 - It was winter in his life, and not just because it was December.

pg.
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Rebecca
Stand tall is a great book. It is about a boy named Tree who is 12 years old and 6 foot 4 in middle school. This book has a lot to do with symbolism. I liked this book because I can relate to it in some ways. Trees grandpa Leo is a big part in the book. Most of his family does.
Some of the main characters in the book are Sophie, Tree, Leo, Trees parents, Bradley, and Trees brothers. Tree looks up to his grandpa more than his parents. Love and hope in a family is the theme in my point of view. Tr
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Cathy
On this second or third reading of Stand Tall, I continue to wonder why Bauer doesn't use male protagonists more often. I find she does equally well as with her girls. Of course Tree has Sophie, the new girl at school, who's every bit as different as he is, but who knows how to stand up for herself. Again the themes and metaphors are laid on pretty heavily. The use of lessons to be learned in all of her books give the book a somewhat old-fashioned feel but there’s humor there too.

One really str
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Julio
*** Spoiler Alert ***
what would you do if you were 6 foot 3' and you were only twelve-years-old? This book is a realistic fiction story which I actually liked a little and gave it a chance.

Tree is the tallest seventh grader ever in the history of his school and he's still growing. Tree is 6 feet and 3 inches and wonders when he'll stop growing and when people will just stop expecting him to act older. Well that's been hard since his parents divorce and he's had to live in a different house ever
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Rivkah
If this book was for juveniles, -which it really could be- I would be astounded! No that it would be a bad juvenile book, but quite the opposite!
Amazing wording, thought, character development. It draws people in the whole way in a realistic story that people could have about fitting in. There were really sad parts -Like when the dog was going to die.

The main part is that people should get to know people before they judge him *cough* judge anyone. Tree, like any human being needs to be apprecia
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JoDean
I have a bunch of quotes I want to add when I get home to my computer.

"All through this process we're going to strengthen the best you've got. So, what have you got, Leo?" pg 28

"House was a word he'd always taken for granted. He knew there was a big difference between a house and a home." pg 44

"You need a negative charge and a positive one to get something moving. We've got the negative; we're going to find the positive if it kills us." pg 47

"But some words and the way people say them are like g
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Bridget R. Wilson
In the days leading up to Christmas and after, Tree struggles to find his place in a world he no longer recognizes. As the youngest child of newly divorced parents, he wonders what went wrong. Every week he lives in one house or the other. His grandfather has recently had a leg amputated (from an old war wound), so Tree also has to help care for his recovering grandparent. These are just his problems on the home front. He doesn't fit in at school either. Tree is not his real name. It's a nicknam ...more
Anna
I really wasn't very crazy about this book at all and so far it's my least favorite Joan Bauer novel. I found there to be little character development and I thought the whole thing was pretty boring. I think Bauer could've written a much better book about young adults dealing with divorce had she chosen different characters and a more interesting, better developed plot.

Character-wise my biggest problem was that I felt like I couldn't really connect with any of the characters, possibly because n
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Heather_baird
This is a story of loss and the empty places left behind, and how Tree grows into his name, lives up to expectations, and becomes a hero. From Grandpa, he learns that empty places “don’t get filled in right away. You’ve got to look at them straight on, see what’s still standing. Concentrate on what you’ve got as much as you can.” In trees, war, laser pens, even the positive and negative ends of batteries, Bauer is a master at finding inspiration and purpose in everyday life.
Heather
Some of my favorite excerpts from this book -

“…They named me Sophia because it stands for wisdom. I usually say what people are thinking and don’t have the guts to say.”

“You give me a person with vision,” he’d say, “they can take the most broken-down piece of junk and turn it into something beautiful. They don’t let a few scratches worry them. They see to the heart of the piece.”

Sophie elbowed him. “You’ve gotta laugh. If you don’t, you’ll cry.”

Tree knew it wouldn’t last forever, but he decided
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JoAnna
This book is very inspiring. When I was in the 3rd grade, my parents got divorced. If I would have known that there were books out there to help cope with divorce, I would have been reading them. In this particular story a boy, Tree, is having a very hard time coping with his parents divorce. He is very tall for his age but feels that he is not good at anything so he spends his time with his grandpa and a new girl at school, Sophie. By working with his grandpa and taking things apart and putting ...more
Lissy Mcbrayer
The theme of this book is sticking up for yourself. A couple things that point to this theme choice are when Tree stands up for him, and his basketball team, and tells his coach off for yelling at them when he shouldn't have. Another time is when Sofie stood up for herself she she was first introduced. She was telling off the popular girls for treating her like dirt. The reason for this theme, why I think that this theme is important and what the book is about, is because the author is telling u ...more
Joan
I really enjoyed this contemporary realistic fiction about a middle-school-aged boy, nicknamed Tree because he's 6-foot-4 already. He struggles with teasing, his parents' divorce, and his grandfather/best-friend's health issues, problems that are very realistic in today's world. The only negative I found was Bauer's repeated use of sentence fragments, which makes me crazy.
Ejkang19
This book is an inspiring book that talks about a boy is a little too big for his age. This book was one of the books from the Battle of the Books Bundle. It was enjoyable to read. I've been reading many action compelled books, and reading this book (not a lot of action) gave me a feeling of the balances of the books I read.
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July 12, 1951 - I was born at eleven A.M., a most reasonable time, my mother often said, and when the nurse put me in my mother's arms for the first time I had both a nasty case of the hiccups and no discernible forehead (it's since grown in). I've always believed in comic entrances.

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