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The Mulberry Tree

“Do naught wrong by the mulberry tree, or she’ll take your daughters … one, two, three.”

Ten-year-old Immy, her surgeon mum and former gp dad move from Sydney Australia to a village in Cambridgeshire, England to make a fresh start. The family ignore villagers’ warnings and rent the cottage with the ancient mulberry tree in the backyard. At first Immy dismisses the villagers’ stories, until she starts to hear a strange song…

This is a delightful story with just the right amount of scary. Immy is a terrific character, who navigates not only the challenges of settling into a new environment, but the brooding presence of the mulberry tree.

A great read for upper primary school aged students.

Reviewed by Sue