An enchanting tale of a young boy's efforts to save a magical tree, winner of the 1997 Smarties Prize.
The owl-tree is not like any tree Joe has ever seen. It's huge and leafy and shivers like a person; it even seems to speak. Granny Diamond once saw an owl perched among its branches and she has loved the tree ever since. It means the world to her. But her neighbour, Mr Rock, wants to cut it down. Why does he dislike the owl-tree so much? Does it have a secret to tell Joe? And how can he, a boy too scared even to climb the tree, be the one to save it?
Jenny Nimmo worked at the BBC for a number of years, ending in a spell as a director/adaptor for Jackanory. Her many books for children include The Stone Mouse, Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal and broadcast on BBC TV, and The Owl Tree, winner of the 1997 Smarties Book Prize. Her well-known trilogy, comprising The Snow Spider (winner of the Smarties Book Prize), Emlyn's Moon and The Chestnut Soldier, has been made into a television series. She lives in a converted watermill in Wales with her family.