The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff

The Great Treehouse War

Kids vs. parents! An epic treehouse sleepover! An awesome group of friends! An exciting new book from National Book Award finalist Lisa Graff.Winnie's last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty life-changing surprise. That was the day Winnie s parents got divorced, the day they decided that Winnie would live three days a week with each of them and spend Wednesdays by her...

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The Great Treehouse War Reviews

  • Jen Petro-Roy
    Jun 02, 2017

    3.5 stars. A cute, fun read that kids will love.

  • Mary Lee
    Mar 05, 2017

    I'm tagging this cats because Winnie's Buttons is truly "the world's greatest cat." I'm tagging this coming-of-age because it is a rare middle grade (not middle school) book that explores the end-of-5th-grade-going-to-middle-school phase, rather than being about 12 year-olds who already are in middle school. I'm tagging this empathy because that is Winnie's super power (she calls it artist's vision) and what helps her to solve the problem that the epic sleepover turns into. I'm tagging this hybr

    I'm tagging this cats because Winnie's Buttons is truly "the world's greatest cat." I'm tagging this coming-of-age because it is a rare middle grade (not middle school) book that explores the end-of-5th-grade-going-to-middle-school phase, rather than being about 12 year-olds who already are in middle school. I'm tagging this empathy because that is Winnie's super power (she calls it artist's vision) and what helps her to solve the problem that the epic sleepover turns into. I'm tagging this hybrid because there are fun sketches, maps, and sticky note comments from Winnie's friends. I'm tagging this memoir because that's what the character is writing.

  • Pam
    May 28, 2017

    A delightful story with a serious undertone beneath the humor. Winnie's parents have divorced and are so busy making sure everything is exactly even between them and trying to be the "best" that they don't really pay attention to their daughter's needs.

    Winnie has an incredible treehouse and an uncle in her corner.

    The story is told as a memoir of the time when Winnie and her friends chose to live in the treehouse as a protest for rules in their homes. She helps each of them return home and receiv

    A delightful story with a serious undertone beneath the humor. Winnie's parents have divorced and are so busy making sure everything is exactly even between them and trying to be the "best" that they don't really pay attention to their daughter's needs.

    Winnie has an incredible treehouse and an uncle in her corner.

    The story is told as a memoir of the time when Winnie and her friends chose to live in the treehouse as a protest for rules in their homes. She helps each of them return home and receive what they really need through her "artistic vision." Then she takes steps to solve her family issues herself.

  • Gerard Villegas
    Apr 16, 2017

    A cute story concerning a protagonist who tries to protest her "caught in the middle" role in the bitter custody fight between her divorced, bickering parents. The Great Treehouse War teaches children the significance of activism in a very small context but children will be enthralled by a story of a brave girl who stands up to adults. Furthermore, the fact that the main character is hinted to be of another cultural background really throws in something different in the mix. Plus, young readers

    A cute story concerning a protagonist who tries to protest her "caught in the middle" role in the bitter custody fight between her divorced, bickering parents. The Great Treehouse War teaches children the significance of activism in a very small context but children will be enthralled by a story of a brave girl who stands up to adults. Furthermore, the fact that the main character is hinted to be of another cultural background really throws in something different in the mix. Plus, young readers will appreciate the fact that the book uses post-it notes, newspaper clippings, and even letters to make the story even more relatable. A wonderful read that you should pick up.

  • Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
    May 15, 2017

    First things first, let me just say that The Great Treehouse War was a lot of fun to read. I started reading it and before I knew it I was near the ending. Despite being way over the intended age group for this book, I still found myself able to read and appreciate it a lot.

    The Great Treehouse War is about a young girl named Winnie. Winnie is your normal 10ish year old girl (she is in the fifth grade). She has friends, likes art, and has the worlds most amazing cat. She also has parents that dec

    First things first, let me just say that The Great Treehouse War was a lot of fun to read. I started reading it and before I knew it I was near the ending. Despite being way over the intended age group for this book, I still found myself able to read and appreciate it a lot.

    The Great Treehouse War is about a young girl named Winnie. Winnie is your normal 10ish year old girl (she is in the fifth grade). She has friends, likes art, and has the worlds most amazing cat. She also has parents that decided that they were better off no longer married to each other.

    When Winnie's parents decided to divorce, they split everything up so it would be equal for both of them. One parent had Winnie 3 days of the week and the other had her for the other 3 days. This only equals up to 6 days, however, they couldn't let one parent have 4 days and the other only get 3, so they came up with a plan. Between the two properties (they had found a place that they could live there was a treehouse. So for that odd day of the week, which happened to be Wednesdays, Winnie would be in the treehouse, not with either parent.

    That way everything would remain totally equal and fair.

    Of course, that was too hard for the parents. They started celebrated all the crazy holidays that happen. They each kept trying to one up the other. This was causing Winnie to fail the fifth grade. But neither parent was listening. As long as everything was fair that was all that mattered.

    A lot of things went on that ended up with Winnie in the treehouse with her friends...and the great treehouse war began.

    See? It really is quite the book!

    Throughout the book there are tons of illustrations and little side notes from her classmates about the things that happened in the story. Each kid has their own little quirk, and the quirks pop up over and over again. It lightens up the seriousness of the book and makes it a lot more fun to read. At first I thought they took away a little bit from the story, but once I got used to them I enjoyed them.

    Also, as you can tell, there is a serious note to this book. I am an adult, not a kid in the age range that this book is intended for....so to me it was quite obvious. The way the parents were behaving was really affecting Winnie. How this translates to a kid with the way this story was written? I am not 100% sure. Maybe they will relate to Winnie, maybe they wont. I can't tell you. Did I think it was fun? Yes. Do I think Winnie should have had to go to such an extreme measure to try to get her parents to listen to her? No. But this story wasn't meant for me - the adult. It was meant for the kids.

    And I will definitely let a kid read this book. I think they will enjoy it and I hope that if they find themselves in a similar situation, that they will find a character that they can relate to. And that they can find some help from this book on how to speak up and be heard if they need to be.

    This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.

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  • Aeicha
    May 22, 2017

    Winnie’s divorced and constantly arguing parents are obsessed with making sure Winnie spends equal amounts of time with each of them...which is why they decide that Winnie will spend three days a week with each parent and spend Wednesdays by herself in a treehouse located directly between their houses. Winnie loves her treehouse Wednesdays, especially since her parents are currently trying to outdo each other by celebrating wacky and weird holidays, which has caused Winnie to fall way behind on

    Winnie’s divorced and constantly arguing parents are obsessed with making sure Winnie spends equal amounts of time with each of them...which is why they decide that Winnie will spend three days a week with each parent and spend Wednesdays by herself in a treehouse located directly between their houses. Winnie loves her treehouse Wednesdays, especially since her parents are currently trying to outdo each other by celebrating wacky and weird holidays, which has caused Winnie to fall way behind on her fifth grade education. But when Winnie’s friends decide that they’re tired of their own parents unfair treatments, the ten kids decide to stay in Winnie’ treehouse and NOT come out until their demands are met! Ten kids, one treehouse, and a whole lot of drama...what could go wrong?

    Lisa Graff’s The Great Treehouse War is a witty, heartwarming, and charming middle-grade book. Graff’s signature pitch-perfect storytelling, engaging characters, and honest yet age-appropriate approach to tough subjects, are all present in her newest tale.

    The Great Treehouse War is told from Winnie’s precocious and endearing POV, in a scrapbook type format that tells the story of the Treehouse 10 and their experiences during their almost three week standoff in the treehouse. This creative format will captivate and entertain readers with all the extra notes, drawings, how-to’s, and more, included. Young readers will love the awesomely absurd idea of a child spending one day a week alone in a cool treehouse...and Winnie’s two story treehouse, with its bathroom; art station; zip line; and more, makes for a super fun setting.

    The Treehouse 10’s time in the treehouse is full of laughs, excitement, and relatable conversation. And each of the Treehouse 10 have a unique, diverse personality that adds a great deal to the story and dynamic. I really like the main heroine Winnie and so will young readers.

    And of course, The Great Treehouse War explores subjects like divorce, sibling rivalry, growing up, and more, with a lot of humor, honesty, and heart.

    The Great Treehouse War kept me chuckling and entertained with its wild premise, likable characters, and different format...all things middle-grade readers will highly enjoy!

  • Stacey
    Jun 15, 2017

    I rarely give books 5 stars- this title was an exception. Lisa Graff's books are always well written, relatable, and truly enjoyable reads. The Great Treehouse War actually had me laughing out loud and smiling a lot. It included so many different parts to tell the story- Post-it Notes, letters, comics, drawings, and more. A definite recommended read for high grade three students through to grade 6. It would be a tricky one to read aloud due to all of the editing parts and pieces included in the

    I rarely give books 5 stars- this title was an exception. Lisa Graff's books are always well written, relatable, and truly enjoyable reads. The Great Treehouse War actually had me laughing out loud and smiling a lot. It included so many different parts to tell the story- Post-it Notes, letters, comics, drawings, and more. A definite recommended read for high grade three students through to grade 6. It would be a tricky one to read aloud due to all of the editing parts and pieces included in the text, but a fun book with tons of potential for student engagements and writing related to the content.

  • Mary Jo
    Jun 20, 2017

    Winnie's parents get a divorce, and to make custody perfectly even between them, they have a treehouse built for Winnie, where she stays on Wednesdays. Each parent starts celebrating obscure holidays in outrageous ways on his/her days with Winnie, in an effort to outdo the other. Winnie's grades slip, as she has no time to complete assignments. On discovering her treehouse was once a consulate for a defunct country, and therefore not part of the United States, Winnie retreats there and refuses t

    Winnie's parents get a divorce, and to make custody perfectly even between them, they have a treehouse built for Winnie, where she stays on Wednesdays. Each parent starts celebrating obscure holidays in outrageous ways on his/her days with Winnie, in an effort to outdo the other. Winnie's grades slip, as she has no time to complete assignments. On discovering her treehouse was once a consulate for a defunct country, and therefore not part of the United States, Winnie retreats there and refuses to come down until her parents agree to meet at the same time and talk with her. Soon she is joined by 9 of her friends, and the Treehouse Ten is born. Written as a final assignment, with Post-it comments from all of the kids and directions on making stuffed lizards, flossing, and other topics, this book is fresh, funny, and sure to appeal to kids who want a little more attention from their parents.

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