Silver Medal, Midwest Best Regional Fiction—IPPY Awards, Independent Publisher, 2009
"Simple, colorful illustrations and a final blank, lined page for the child to write in to start their own journal round out this charming story about learning to appreciate and remember the wonders all around us."—The Midwest Book Review
Max and Hannah’s discovery that their grandfather has kept a journal since he was young impresses them, but Grandpa has an even longer journal in mind when he whisks them off to the Black Hills for a mystery-solving trip. When they arrive, the children and Grandpa set off for a hike to find a ponderosa pine nearly eight hundred years old.
Along the way, Max gets lost and sits down to rest against a huge pine tree. A mysterious voice reaches out to him, and soon he is discovering the secrets wrapped up in Rosa the ponderosa’s rings. When Hannah and Grandpa eventually find Max again, he has all the answers to what is inside that ancient journal.
The Mystery of the Tree Rings is suitable for children at a second- to fourth-grade reading level or for reading aloud to a younger audience.