A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Book review by Molly Coplan, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Classic, moving story of girl growing up poor in New York.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 12+

Empowering and filled with many of life's lessons.

I wish that I had read it when I was twelve.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 16+

A beautiful book but contains adult themes

I loved Francie Nolan as she navigated her poverty-riddled Brooklyn neighborhood and traumatic and dramatic family life. Betty Smith did an exceptional job with the book. However, there are too many adult components of this turn-of-the-century novel to make it appropriate for young girls (sex, alcohol, etc.). Plus, reading this book after some life experience adds to the appreciation of the story and characters.

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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