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6+years

The Boy Who Grew a Tree

Author: Polly Ho-YenIllustrator: Sojung Kim McCarthy

When Timi is unsettled by Mum’s pregnancy, he turns to his only friends…plants. Can a magical discovery help him to reconnect and be heard? This quiet story celebrates introverted children, nature and the power of community. Tenderly written, with gentle chalk-and-charcoal drawings, it’s perfect for reading aloud or newly independent readers.  

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  • Polly Ho-Yen: Carnegie Medal nominated author
  • Own Voice
  • East and Southeast Asian representation
  • Mixed-heritage representation
  • Diverse cast
  • Single parent