Tree Street Kids (Book 2)
April 2021 • Paperback • 978-0-8024-2103-6
Adventures, friendships, and faith-testers . . . all under the watchful eye of a great big God.
The Tree Street Kids live on Cherry, Oak, Maple, and Pine, but their 1990s suburban neighborhood is more than just quiet, tree-lined streets. Jack, Ellison, Roger, and Ruthie face challenges and find adventures in every creek and cul-de-sac—as well as God’s great love in one small neighborhood.
In Book 2 of the Tree Street Kids series, Jack and his friends learn some survival skills at the church’s summer camp. They’ll need them! Determined to find Ruthie’s lost cat and protect Jack’s new puppy from Fang, the local wildlife, the kids head deep into the woods. Just when they think they’ve cornered the “enemy,” the kids realize someone has gone missing. Is Fang up to no good? Or will faith and friendship be enough to see the kids make it out alive?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amanda Cleary Eastep is the senior developmental editor at Moody Publishers in Chicago and the author of the Tree Street Kids series. Her children’s writing has been published in Ladybug and The Friend and in Sunday school curriculum. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and she leads writing workshops at her local teen center. Follow Amanda at amandaclearyeastep.com or on Instagram at book_leaves, and follow along with The Tree Street Kids at treestreetkids.com.
The howl woke me up.
Actually, it was more a screeching eeeooh-eeeooh-EEEEEE-ooh!
I sat bolt upright and banged my head into the low slanted ceiling over the right side of my bed. “Ow!” So much for my nice dream about hitting the tie-breaking home run.
I’d hit my head about a hundred times since we moved from the farmhouse to King’s Grove in the suburbs at the beginning of the summer.
I glanced sideways at my purple Nickelodeon Time Blaster clock. For now, it sat on a folding chair on the unslanty-ceiling side of my bed. The goo-green numbers glowed 4:00 a.m. At 6:30 sharp on school days, it would sing out: “Nick-nick-nick-nick-nick-nick-nick-nick-nick-uh-lo-dee-uhnnn!” The first day at my new school, August 29, 1995, was only a couple weeks away.
I flopped back onto my pillow, just as something white with black spots and the size of my little sister hurtled through the gray dark. She landed – all pointy knees and elbows – right onto my belly.
“Oof!” The wind rushed out of me.
The howl must have woken up Midge, too, who was dressed in her favorite 101 Dalmatian pajamas.
Apparently, the Foolproof Anti-Sister Room Alarm I’d rigged up wasn’t so foolproof. Sheesh. Little sisters are no respecters of territorial boundaries.
“Did you hear that, Jack?” she whisper-screamed into my face.
I could smell her morning breath. And chocolate. How Midge always manages to smell like a Tootsie Roll, I have no idea.
“It came from the cem-e-terrryyy!”
Adams Cemetery is on the corner, and our new house is the first house on the block and right next door to the old graveyard, the most ancient tombstones jutting out of the grass like jagged bottom teeth.
Even though both of our bedrooms are in the attic, Midge’s room was technically about ten feet closer to whatever was out there. I know there’s no such things as ghosts. And there definitely aren’t wolves in the suburbs of Chicago.
The Tree Street Kids series is full of adventure and is a flat-out good read! As a young reader, I grabbed a book that encouraged my faith and devoured it. I think the same thing will happen as children read this series. Bravo!
– Chris Fabry
Author and host of Chris Fabry Live on Moody Radio
As a mom of three, I am constantly trying to find good books for my kids that are full of adventure, yet not too scary. It makes me so happy to have found the Tree Street Kids series – my kids (and I) can’t wait to read more!
– Isabel Tom
Mom and author of The Value of Wrinkles: A Young Perspective on How Loving the Old Will Change Your Life
The 1990s kids in the Tree Street Kids series are relatable, and their challenges are things kids in the 2020s face as well. Amanda writes with curiosity, honesty, and warmth, and has created a memorable set of characters that’ll hook even reluctant readers. I’m excited that these books will make their way into a world in need of messages of faith, hope, and friendship.
– Michelle Van Loon
Author of Becoming Sage: Cultivating Meaning, Purpose, and Spirituality in Midlife