"A wish, a shared birthday and some “theater magic” transform the lives of two young teens.... A characteristically insightful tale that affirms the importance of true friendship and self-acceptance."
-Kirkus Reviews

The 39 Clues: Unstoppable, Book 3: Countdown

"'The Secret Tree' takes its rightful place in the now classic genre of 'neighborhood kids' that began with Beverly Cleary."
-Lisa Von Drasek, The New York Times Book Review

"A captivating story about the mysteries of summertime and friendship."
-Rebecca Stead, author of WHEN YOU REACH ME

A New York Times Notable Book

A Junior Library Guild Selection

*"... a love story tinged with intrigue.... Besides offering readers passion and suspense, Standiford raises thought-provoking questions about how far people should go for the sake of love and freedom."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"a delightful tale . . . Standiford makes reading about Baltimore high society and the flawed, pampered, but likable Sullivans feel like a wickedly guilty pleasure."
*Starred review, Publishers Weekly

" . . . has all the makings of a cult hit . . ."
*Starred Review, Kirkus

To find out more about the places, songs, and movies mentioned in HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT, go to the Mystery Page

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