The Worry Tree

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Macmillan, Sep 16, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 144 pages

Juliet's a worrywart, and no wonder! Her little sister, Oaf, follows her around taking notes and singing "The Irritating Song" all day long. Her parents are always arguing about Dad's clutter. Nana's so tired of craft lessons that she starts barbecuing things in the middle of the night. And Juliet's friends Lindsay and Gemma are competing to see which of them is her best friend. Juliet can't fit in any more worries!

But then she makes a remarkable discovery. Behind the wallpaper in her new bedroom, Juliet uncovers an old painting of a very special tree. Nana remembers it well: it's the Worry Tree, and with the help of the Worry Tree animals, Juliet just might be able to solve some of life's big problems.

The Worry Tree is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.


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User Review  - scote23 - LibraryThing

BIS Book Award nominee 2009-2010 Last one done! Hurray! I almost wish I had this book earlier, because I think it does a good job of helping anxious kids with the idea of a worry tree to hang your worries on at night so that you can sleep. Maybe I need to paint one in my own room. Read full review


User Review  - Kirkus

In this Australian import, Juliet's three-generation family is both supportive and difficult. Mom's psychology, Dad's fascination with making inventions out of junk, Nana's hated craft classes and ... Read full review

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Let the Worry Tree animals help you with your worries too
Wolfgang the Wombat
Petronella the Pig
Gwyneth the Goat
Dimitri the Dog
Piers the Peacock
Delia the Duck
The Hole in the Trunk

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About the author (2008)

MARIANNE MUSGROVE has worked as a social worker, and has had both poetry and short stories published This is Marianne's first novel. She lives in South Australia.

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