The Secret Treeby Natalie Standiford. Ages 9 to 12. Minty’s neighborhood is filled with mysterious things and people: a spooky old farmhouse, the frightening ­M­an-Bat and mean boys who torment Minty and her best friend. But none of that is nearly as mysterious as the tree that she discovers in the woods near her house. It’s a tree that holds the secrets of everyone in the neighborhood.