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The Choosing Tree's coverThe Choosing Tree is set in the late nineteenth century in a strange community of people called Shakers.  Though Daniel’s story takes readers out of their familiar world, the challenge he faces is one they, too, face in some way, and at some time, in their own lives.  

Historical fiction is important today in this time of mobility and fragmentation. Knowing and identifying with what’s happened in the past can help young readers hold onto a sense of continuity and rooted-ness.  Discovering, too, that young people in very different times and places have faced hurdles much like their own adds a reassuring perspective on their own experiences.       

Fictional characters, like real people, make good choices and not-so-good, with good results and not-so-good.  Through fiction, readers can “experience” the relationships among values, choices, and outcomes, and consider them without fear of criticism or exposure.  What place did trust, cooperation, responsibility, courage and caring play in Daniel’s life?  How did he make choices when things weren’t the way he wanted them to be?  Seeing the world through Daniel’s eyes, readers gain the power that comes through looking more clearly at their own lives and worlds.
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