Friday, May 19, 2017

THE GREAT TREEHOUSE WAR by Lisa Graff / Blog Tour: Spotlight & Giveaway

Hello and welcome to the next stop in the THE GREAT TREEHOUSE WAR blog tour, hosted by Penguin. I'm so excited about Lisa's newest release. Today I thought I'd do something fun with my tour post. Tree Houses! 

Let's be honest, given the chance, I'd totally have a tree house in my back yard that would be family friendly. Meaning, I'd use it as much as my kids. As a kid, I always loved playing outdoors, and climbing trees. One of the things my kids have recently been asking for, is a tree house. Being a kid at heart, I totally want one as well. So I decided to look into tree houses. This is great for today's post.

Here are a few of the tree houses that I completely loved in my search for tree houses. These would be considered dream tree houses. I linked to the sources, as some of them are featured in a series, and others have interviews with the creators of the tree house. Either way, these are definitely some amazing tree houses that I can see winning the tree house war.

This is a tree house I'd LOVE to have. It's a mix of what I would have loved as a kid and would love to have now. Plus, look at those amazing trees surrounding it. 

Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, this birds eye view living up in the trees caught my attention. How cool is this tree house?!

Now this is a treehouse of my childhood dreams. Who wouldn't have a castle tree house? I would have added a trap door, and possibly a mot just for fun. Though the trap door would have dropped you off on a trampoline and wouldn't have been too high up. 

I'll be honest, the best tree house of all, would be on similar to the Ewok Village. That would be big enough for a number of friends to come over and hang out in. Plus, it's Star Wars. I love this painting of the village I found here.


There are a lot of things you should probably know to understand why a bunch of kids decided to climb up a tree house and not come down. But to really understand it, you'd probably have to go way back in time, and peek through the living room window of a girl named Winifred Malladi-Maraj, on her last day of fourth grade . . .

Thus begins the story of Winnie's parents' divorce (sad though it was), of the arrangements that followed (three days a week with each parent, and Wednesdays to herself in a treehouse smack in between both of their houses), and of Winnie's growing frustration with her lack of free time (due to her parents' ceaseless efforts to make the most of the time they each had with her). It was just this frustration, which was caused by several weeks of missing out on activities with friends, of skipping homework, and of wishing she had time to create a story for the upcoming contest, that prompted Winnie to barricade herself in her treehouse and refuse to come out -- an idea which her friends from Tulip Street Elementary found so appealing that they decided to join her. But with ten kids in one treehouse, all with their own agendas and demands, Winnie discovers that no one is happy with their status quo, and they're counting on her to change it! What had she gotten herself into?

The kids have turned the tables on the parents, and all rules have been tossed out the window. But as Winnie quickly begins to realize, having a community she can count on is a good thing--and it makes her realize what it is she truly wants from her parents.


Lisa Graff ( is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the National Book Award nominee A Tangle of Knots, as well as A Clatter of JarsLost in the SunAbsolutely AlmostDouble Dog DareUmbrella SummerThe Life and Crimes of Bernetta WallflowerThe Thing About Georgie and Sophie Simon Solves Them All. Originally from California, she lived for many years in New York City and now makes her home just outside of Philadelphia. Follow her on Twitter at @lisagraff.

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff (ARV: $16.99 each).
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Week One:
May 15 – Books 4 Your Kids – Review
May 16 – Margie’s Must Reads 
May 17 – Pirates n’ Pixie Dust 
May 18 – We Are Word Nerds 
May 19 – Mundie Kids 
Week Two:
May 22 – The Reading Nook Reviews – The Coolest Treehouses Roundup
May 23 – Crafty Moms Share – Review + Craft
May 24 – Word Spelunker – Review + Dream Treehouse
May 25 – Reading is Better With Cupcakes – Review 
May 26 – Mama Smiles

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