When a man returns to his childhood home and visits the derelict tree house in which his father once chose to live, he recalls the past unravelling of his family, the unspoken strangeness of their lives, and the impact on his own adult life. Beautiful, sparse and insightful storytelling. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 14+
“I love this wonderful book. How does Mal Peet do so much in such a short space? It’s engrossing, haunting, beautifully written.” –David Almond
“For some time now, Mal Peet has been the most elegant prose stylist in the world of young-adult fiction…one of the best novelists, full stop” –Anthony McGowan
In this poignant novella, the late, great Mal Peet offers emotional truth and tenderness about a marriage breakup and a boy’s memory of his father’s withdrawal to live in a treehouse he built for his son. Told in simple language and illustrated with muted loveliness. –The Sunday Times
About the Author
Mal Peet was a multi-award-winning novelist best known for his young adult fiction, including Keeper, Tamar, and Exposure. His novels were nominated for and won several awards including the Carnegie Medal, the Branford Boase Award, and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. In 2017 his final novel Beck was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Mal passed away in 2015.