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The Perfect Tree

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Blake Kiser is a 12-year-old boy who has given up his latest summer to help out more around the farm. It's not like he has much else to do though—his best friend, Matt, has moved away, leaving Blake more alone than ever, until Greta arrives. Gretchen Wills is a bit of an oddity, who stands out even more in the quiet country town of Hemingford, like a firefly in a dark base ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published December 24th 2012 by Perkins May Publishing
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Taylor Dean
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The Perfect Tree is a ‘coming of age’ story. It captures the feelings of childhood perfectly—that stage in life when you’re still a kid, but you’re making the transition into the teenage years. The characters of Blake and Greta act and think like real children and I think this is what kept me so very intrigued. I love a book that portrays a child as a child, with child-like thoughts, not adult thoughts. It reminded me of my childhood; the innocence, the carefree days, and the first tender feelin ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully-written story set in rural America of two children who meet by chance. Blake has worked on his parents' farm all his life, while Greta has recently moved from the city. Both outcasts, they develop a close friendship. This coming of age story is written from the children's point of view, and the author manages to write their thoughts and feelings in such an open, honest way that you feel as if they are real people and not characters in a book.
Their childhood innocence is ab
Heather Renae
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I've read in a while. It really held my interest and I didn't want to put it down. I loved the way I saw the world through a child's eyes and felt as if I were right there with Blake and Greta. I liked how you can see that the world isn't all flowers and rainbows. The ending actually surprised me. Very good twist at the end. I won't spoil it and tell you how it turns out. ;) Overall, excellent read!
Ben Wilson
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a story that will grip you, get this book.

I am not one normally to get drawn into a story but this one did the trick. You will find yourself growing to love the main character, Blake and Greta. With twists and turns every step of the way I was not able to put it done. I hope the author has other works in mind I can't wait to read them.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There were a couple of little inconsistencies that bothered me with this book. An unknown girl was at one point referred to as an unknown boy. The main character claimed he didn't have an aunt living in the area and then shortly after it's revealed that he does. Times to travel distances were more story (so certain events could happen after dark) -convenient than real - eg it took the two kids over 8 hours to walk to a house (they left at 7:30 am and arrived some time before dusk). They then wal ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading and couldn't stop. This is a coming of age, mystery, romance, thriller... I'm not sure what to call it except a captivating read. The characters are well written and complex. The story is constantly changing, but in a good way. You think you know what the whole story is, but you don't. I finished reading and the book kept me up a few hours after thinking about the story, the ending and that tree. That's unusual for a story to get to me that much. Just shows the prowess of the w ...more
Natasha House
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book starts off in first person with a little girl who writes poetry and is encouraged by an elderly man to continue her writing.
Then one day he seems to disappear. Then it jumps to a separate character and further into the future with a little boy named Blake.
It takes you on twists and turns of this little boy’s life as he meets a girl, who’s his neighbor, and they become fast friends.
They encounter bullies, creepy houses, a man living an abandoned house and other normal type life stuff
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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When I started this, I expected a traditional coming of age story with such a young set of characters but what you end up getting is an exploration of what trust is, what humans are capable of, and just how love can help overcome tragedy. Despite the youth of the characters, their maturity jumps off the page and you are left wishing that you had been that cool when you were in middle school. It'll leave you guessing until (quite literally) the last sentence. Blake and Greta have to handle some o ...more
Tim Heath
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall, I'm impressed. A good book, well written. I was blown away by the quality and accuracy of the first two chapters (from memory, certainly the first chapter). Writing was strong, use of language and flow very refreshing. I could see a lot of effort had been made to get these chapters flowing.
Like a child passing themselves of as a grown up, the book takes a similar transition not long after those opening scenes. We're in the heads of a 12 and 10 year old for the most part. Errors do then
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Kenneth S. Harris has a B.A. in English. His passion for crafting fiction has led to the creation of his novels The Perfect Tree and Any Flavor Jellybeans but Black, and several short stories. He currently lives in Kentucky with his wife and three children.

"Writing is an escape and a celebration of life, much like reading," Kenneth says. "Story telling is an essential part of the world's traditio