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 18+

Not appropriate for children

It greatly surprises me that this book could be considered appropriate for young girls. It is full of bad language, sex, bigamy and Instances of witchcraft type charms. For example, one of the main characters is in bed with a married man after having had sex with him. Their is no hint in the book that this is wrong. It is made light of and even worse the immoral aunt is seen as a positive character. She even calls all the men she sleeps with by the same name"John" which shows some type of mental issue. Without a moral code in the book children could think that this type of behavior is ok. The worldview of the book includes the idea that everyone has 'something' - drunkenness or having sex with a different man every night are the examples given -and we should just accept whatever this 'something' is even if it is destructive to the person and others. It is a story about a child but certainly not a book FOR children.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.
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

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