A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Mature Teen)
By Betty Smith

With very little money, the Nolan family has learned to do without, but never let go of their values and dignity. Francie grows up watching her father succumb to drink and her mother slowly work herself to death. Education becomes the family's only hope and Francie the only capable mind. 



Classic, Set in 1940's Brooklyn, Coming of Age, Societal and Philosophical Issues, Family Struggle

Why this is a Good Book For Teenage Girls

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is an incredibly well-written book about family struggle and dedication in America during the 1920s. The Nolans have little money and a lot of struggle but hope for each other. An excellent read for teens who enjoy stories about family life and issues, historical settings, and perseverance.

The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness -- in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.

About the Author

Betty Smith (1896-1972) was a novelist and a dramatist. Her books include A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Tomorrow Will Be Better, and Maggie-Now. It is said that many parts of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn are autobiographical.