Sketches from a Spy Tree (Hardcover)

Sketches from a Spy Tree By Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, Andrew Glass (Illustrator) Cover Image

Sketches from a Spy Tree (Hardcover)


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Perched in the branches of her favorite tree with her sketchbook, Anne-Marie watches the world go by. While recording her observations of neighbors, friends, and family, she thinks about her father, who left two years before; about Mike, who seems to be trying to take his place; about her twin sister, Mary Anne, who looks like her (at least to adults) but sees things very differently. Poems in Anne-Marie’s voice, sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, and always honest, take readers through a year of change in the life of a family and in Anne-Marie’s heart. Illustrations that include paintings, drawings, and collage capture the text’s emotional range and Anne-Marie’s own artistic vision.

Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, a former middle-school teacher, is the author of three books, including Sketches from a Spy Tree, published by Clarion. She and her family live near Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information visit

Andrew Glass has written several books for children and has illustrated many. He lives in New York City with his wife.

Product Details ISBN: 9780618234790
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: June 27th, 2005
Pages: 64
Language: English

"A series of remarkably candid poems...remarkable watercolors, sketches, photographs, and collages bring Anne Marie's experiences to life." SLJ School Library Journal

"An unusually fresh approach to illustration...uses free verse and freewheeling art with distinction." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

"Of special interest to readers who may themselves be facing a shift in family structure." Kirkus Reviews Kirkus Reviews

"The enticing layout and friendly text will invite exploration from poetic young readers." THE BULLETIN Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books —