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Stand Tall (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,559 Ratings  ·  208 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.
Library Binding, 182 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Turtleback (first published August 26th 2002)
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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
Roger Mcdaniel
Jul 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you like books with no plot, zero characterization, incomplete sentences, and one sentence paragraphs then this book is for you.

Save yourself $5 and just read the back cover of the book.

Here's the plot: a kid is 6'3 in the 7th grade. That's about it. How this "story" was made into a YA novel is beyond me.
Amy DeMordaunt
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Grace Lund
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tree is just like any ordinary 12 year old, but he’s six foot three and a half inches and still growing. Tree is in between the divorce of his two parents. In the book, Stand Tall it would make you feel emotions of sadness, happiness, and suspense. Tree just wants to live a happy life with a perfect family who all lives together under one roof. His Grandpa who is a Vietnam vet and who had his leg amputated leads Tree through the troubles of his life. What Tree did not know was that he was going ...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.

Kush Kapoor
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite liked this book. The author, Joan Bauer, wrote about a 7th grade boy with an intriguing trait : He is over 6 feet tall! Out of all of the different themes that I found throughout the text, one stood out to me. The theme about overcoming adversity. The main character, and some of the other characters surrounding him, face numerous problems throughout the story, such as a divorce, bullying, a flood, and many others. However, it's what the characters did to overcome these issues that teach ...more
Bethalto Public Library
The only complaint our patron had about this book is that they wished it was longer. The story of a child going through a divorce is something many people can relate to. Reading this book can help a reader connect to a character and gain some insight into their own troubled time.

If you are a patron of the Bethalto Public library you can request this title using the link below:
Jul 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Most boring book ive read in a while. :/
lea lee ;)
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! If you haven't read this book yet, it's a must.....
Yasmina Walker
Tree is the tallest boy in the seventh grade at Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School, but unfortunately for Tree this causes him to be a social outcast. He is just not a good athlete. Not only does he have to put up with the teasing of his classmates, he is also dealing with the divorce of his parents and the amputation of his grandfather's leg. The story centers around Tree befriending a new girl at school and gaining confidence dealing with his parents' divorce. Young adults can identify with Tree' ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
I listened to this CD. Very well read with fun characters. Love the life lessons of which there are many. Positive lessons for youth about being strong in who you are, standing up for others, public speaking, war, divorce, and love.
May 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 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
Celeste Meraz
I thought that the book was good because, I loved how it talked about John being in the army and talking about how they used to always play cards or do something special.John put all of his memories with them so he can remember but also because he did it every year.I cant say the rest because it will spoil the book.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a boy named Tree. The book does not say its really name but he got a nickname Tree because of how tall he is. His presents are divorce he spends one mouth with his mom and another mouth with his dad. Tree mostly lives with his grandpa who lost his leg in Vietnam War. One day Tree made a invention to help his grandpa move better around the house. One day at school Tree made a new friend he name is Sophie They met in ballroom class. Tree felt really award in the ballroom class b ...more
Alyssa McPhetridge
Tree is a young boy that is six-foot-three inches and is going through a rough time in his life. His parents recently got a divorce. This is a really hard thing for Tree to cope with so to help him he takes on many different challenges to help him and, more importantly, other people. For instance he helps his grandfather, a previous vietnam war vet, with adjusting to having only one leg rather than the two he is used to. Doing things to help other people makes his parents divorce easier on him.
Chelsea Denisse
May 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tree, an unusually tall seventh grader, is learning how to live with his parent’s new divorce. Tree wishes he could follow in his brother’s footsteps by being a great athlete, but Tree has just never been good at sports. Instead, Tree decides to focus on other things like helping others in times of need, such as his grandpa with his new prosthetic leg. When a flood hits Tree’s town and his house gets ruined, he thinks of all the positive things and focuses on those to get them through the tough ...more
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
Amy-Jo Conant
DRA - 60
LX - 520
Listened to Audio

This was a very nice book that I enjoyed. It's a reality slow paced book with little action. I tend to call these types of books 'slice of life'. They are grounded heavily in real life issues kids face from day to day. In general I believe you would enjoy this book if you like to travel quietly alongside a character and peek in on their life. Major themes in the book are divorce, family ties (3 brothers, and a grandfather), coming of age, finding your pla
Steve Clark
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Linda Lipko
May 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
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
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I recommend it to kids whose parents are divorced.
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.
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
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ariana Valencia
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stand Tall by Joan Bauer is about a twelve-year-old boy named Sam, known as Tree, who is going through a l0t. His parents just got divorced, his grandpa's leg is being amputated, his brothers are away at college, and he is 6'3 1/2 tall in the seventh grade. He is emotionally overwhelmed and questions a lot, but that's until he meets Sophie. Sophie was a new girl at school who is very different from the others, but instantly becomes friends with Tree. She understands him better than anyone else, ...more
Apr 20, 2009 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
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