This story is like a Hallmark Channel movie for kids. Characters include Mert (the tree from the title), Ol' Joe and his grandson Cole (owners of the farm where Mert lives), Sally (Cole's girlfriend from town), and a cat name John Begonsen. Mert longs to be a Christmas tree and discover Christmas spirit, but he also wants keep the farm and Hickory Flats safe from developers who would level everything for new construction. When Ol' Joe is injured and cannot help Cole tend the farm, Mert has plenty to be anxious about.
This is a sweet story to read together as a family and think of all the things you are thankful for at this time of year. If you are a fan of those movies on the Hallmark Channel - you will like this book.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. It was published November 17, 2013.