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Praise and Reviews

  • ... this is a book that sings! The rhyming text is unique and musical and the illos are vibrant and melodious. This is not your average picture book. In it trees are associated with individual great virtues ...  At the end you will find a 2 page spread of detailed information on each tree, a page naming the official state trees of each of the fifty United States and information about Arbor Day. This book is printed on 50% post consumer waste content paper, so it is kinder to the very trees we love.

  • —Amanda Lorenzo, Blogger, Gifted and Talented Child blog

THE HAPPINESS TREE is ... beautiful ... As the rhyming text extols the virtues of trees and describes the planting and growth of a group of seeds, the jewel-toned illustrations of the natural world immediately draw the eye. ... inspirational ... may find a home in Arbor Day celebrations and in Sunday school classrooms.
—School Library Journal, Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

An important addition to the literature about WWII refugees. 

—Booklist, Hazel Rochman


Based on a true story, Andrea Alban creates a fascinating novel about a little-known piece of World War II history. … [and] packs a lot of character development, culture, and history in her novel about two days in Shanghai. Teens will find the story compelling and Anya’s character to be likable and entirely relatable. Despite what is happening around her, Anya is still a teenage girl who is worried about her bra size, cute boys, and telling her parents about her dreams for the future.

—Kiss the Book Blog, reviewed by Samantha, Public Librarian


Angie brings such a special combination of skill, enthusiasm, and encouragement. Along with her talent, we love the kindness and generosity of spirit that she brings with her. Participants love Angie and it’s pretty easy to see why! 

—Kathryn Petrocelli, Conference coordinator of Book Passage


Angie Alban is very funny. Her presentation at the New World of Publishing Conference in Santa Cruz sounded like a lively conversation with a favorite friend. 

Angie is the epitome of creativity, and she relishes life, qualities that are reflected in her presentation as well as her writing.  

—Melanie Coon, Special Education Teacher and Memoirist 

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