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Tree earned his nickname because he is tall and solid, like a Tree - he's 12 years old, 6'3" and still growing. However, life in Tree's world isn't so solid these days. His parents have divorced and his beloved grandfather - a Vietnam vet - just had his leg amputated. Tree compares his life to a war, but finds a way to work through his problems with advice from his grandpa and help from his new friend, a quirky girl named Sophie. Joan Bauer is a perennial favorite of mine and is always guaranteed to make me think. This novel, which talks both about everyday life and war, is quite timely considering the turmoil our country is in. The one passage that struck me the most is this one: "I think important things are worth fighting for, but there's nothing glorious about battle, nothing cool about holding a gun. It's scary and lonely and too many people die young. Never be a person who wants war - hate it with everything you've got. But if you've got to fight to protect people, try to do your job the best you know how. Protecting people is the only reason to ever fight." Those words were spoken by Tree's grandfather, and it summed up my feelings about war perfectly - sometimes necessary, but *never* good. Food for thought. All in all, Stand Tall is a wonderful book that tackles real life problems and offers real life solutions. For young readers that are confused about what to feel these days, Stand Tall would be a perfect book for them to read - perhaps they will find some of the answers they were looking for.
I give this book three stars, because I think it could have had more events in the plot. Stand Tall was a book that really doesn't have a story plot. Instead of a story plot it has a good theme. Stand Tall was about a seventh grade boy named Tree. Tree was called this because he was really tall for his age. Tree was picked on a lot because he was so tall, and he wasn't very good at sports. Tree met a friend named Sophie and Sophie was an eighth grade girl that hot picked on by the popular girls. Tree had a grandpa named Leo who fought in the Vietnam war. Leo got his leg shot and had to have it amputated. Tree's parents divorced and he is still having problems expecting it especially during Christmas. Then something happens to their town and everyone has to stay at the school. Tree's dad's house is badly damaged so they have to fix it. Tree's brothers, Larry and Curtis, come home from college to help. Tree starts to feel that he fits in at the end of the book. The strength of this book is the theme it gives. The weakness would be that it keeps repeating itself. I would recommend this book because it has a really good theme.
Tree is six-foot-three, and he's in seventh grade. His parents are divorced. He has to live in a different home every week. His Grandpa, a Vietnam Vet who lives with his dad, doesn't have half of his right leg. It may seem an odd story line, but this one of the better books that I have read. Since it was a gift, I tried to cherish the book with its hardcover price. Forget that. 'Standing Tall' is a tale of triumph, & provides inspiration for those whose parents are divorced, or for those who have been in war. It is not totally a gripping plot, yet it is a gripping book. The story flows excellently even though most of the paragraphs are not much more than a full sentence. I strongly urge you to get this book now. No. Really.
and so is love. And I love Joan Bauer's books. I didn't think she could replicate the quiet passion of HOPE WAS HERE with a male protagonist, but she did. And then some. As a divorce "survivor" myself who experienced the battle for the second time at about Tree's age, I could identify all too closely with his tale. Bauer reminds readers, young and old, to never give up on love's battlefield even when the address changes and to stand tall...even if that means you look a little strange. Thanks again, Mrs. Bauer, for a special gift.
Joan Bauer is becoming one of my favorite YA authors! I love the multi-layering in this book: Tree's relationships with his family and his peers, his grandfather with his Vietnam war experiences and his recent below-the-knee amputation, the issue of divorce and all its ramifications, etc. As usual with Bauer's books, I love the characters--especially independent and quirky Sophie. This book gives the reader a lot to think about in terms of self-image, peer pressure, divorce, war, community response to a natural disaster, etc. Highly Recommended!
The only reason I read this book was my dad made me pick out a book from my six grade reading sheet, so I picked out this one because it the summary sounded the most interesting. I bought it and thought 'This is going to be really boring' but once I got into it I realized it was really good. It teaches you to be true to yourself and when hardships come, stand tall, and be strong.
This is an insightful, character-driven story about a young man who's going through his parents' divorce, his Grandpa's challenges with an old war injury, and the expectations of his teachers and classmates that revolve around his exceptional height.
I thought the book portrayed life as it is in many homes today. It shows how the awareness of self image becomes important in those middle school years. Eleven to thirteen year olds and how they cope with divorce in their homes and the struggles of acceptance in their schools. Good read.
I chose this rating because it talks about the difficulties of a divorce, a vietnam vet (grandfather) and a flood that almost destroys a town. It is told from the viewpoint of a too-tall boy and his friend.