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Reading Level: Grade 2 - 3 • Interest Level: Grade 5 - 8

Tell Me Why the Jack Pine Grows

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Author: D. J. Brandon
Specs: 5 1/4” x 7 1/8” • 160 pp. • Excerpts from other Books within this Series, Written in Verse, About the Author Section, High / Low Content
HC ed.: 9781978597235 • $25.80 | $19.40
eBook: 9781978597259 • $25.80 | $19.40
Pbk. ed.: 9781978597242 • $16.35 | $14.20
Meadow is enjoying a carefree country summer, tending her beloved 4-H chickens and freely exploring the outdoors. Content at home with her father, brother, and Nanna, Meadow wishes she could stay a kid forever. Everything changes the day the man in the green car stops her on the road, alarming her with an uncomfortable request. The brief encounter fills her with a strange new anxiety that she can’t share with anyone. As fear fills her every move, she makes her world smaller and smaller to feel safe. But when a friend is also approached by the driver of the green car, Meadow realizes she must talk about what happened to protect others. Like the jack pine growing from the rocky cliff, Meadow can’t fight growing up any longer, but maybe she can change her corner of the world for the better.

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About the Author:
D.J. Brandon had a long career in nursing before setting out to turn her dream of writing stories for kids into a new career. West 44 Books’ Graveyard Gruber series followed. Now, with Tell Me Why the Jack Pine Grows, she has written her first novel in verse for middle grade readers. D. J. is the mother of two grown children and has five beautiful grandchildren who inspire her writing every day. Visit her at