The Courage Tree

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For years, my readers (and I) have been hoping that some of my older books would become available again. Now it’s finally happened, and the reissue of The Courage Tree is only the beginning. Breaking the Silence will be released late in the year, and next year, Summer’s Child and Cypress Point will hit the stores.

The Courage Tree is the story of a little girl who disappears during a camping trip and the desperate race against time to find her. (And one of the characters lives in a very cool treehouse. Okay, I know that’s not as important as ‘the desperate race against time’, but I love that treehouse!). Those of you who’ve alrady read the book will understand why the little girl, Sophie, is holding a tulip poplar blossom on the cover. And just a little inside scoop: the art director had no tulip poplar blossoms handy, so he (she?) combined two other flowers to create one. A great job, I think!

You can find The Courage Tree at your local bookstore or at or  I hope you enjoy it and that you’ll let me know what you think once you’ve read it. 


  1. brenda on March 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I have all of these books and have read them over and over. My granddaughters are Katelyn, SOPHIE, and Margaret…I like this cover better than the one on my book-might have to buy it and give mine away…I can’t tell you which I like the BEST…

  2. brenda on March 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    I went to Amazon to look at the new covers…instant update said I bought some of these books in 2003…have I been reading YOU, DIANE, that long? Seems like yesterday…your work is so fresh and up to date. Must admit I liked the story of Mara and ??? Can’t remember…that’s a senior moment…I love the story about the found baby…(won’t tell anyone how these come out-even Margo although she has probably read them…) Girls-get the books because these stories are timeless and the characters unforgetable.

  3. Diane Chamberlain on March 27, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    This new cover is a VAST improvement over the old cover, which was probably my least favorite cover of all my books.

  4. Ann on March 27, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    The tulip poplar blossum is perfect. I have a huge tulip poplar tree in my backyard and see those blossoms every year. Great job by art director! Cover is beautiful.

  5. Gina on March 27, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I love the new cover Diane. Soooo much better than the other one, I have to say.

  6. Hope on March 28, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I am so happy that your early books are being re-released. There’s a whole ‘nother generation of readers out there who are ready to find you. Has it really been over 20 years since we had lunch at Mt. Vernon?

  7. Diane Chamberlain on March 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Wow, Hope, I’d forgotten that lunch! What a nice memory. And what I wouldn’t give for a bowl of Mt Vernon’s peanut soup right now.

  8. Lindsay on March 31, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    This is my fav one of yours that I’ve read thus far 🙂 I bought it used off of ebay or some website and I’m tempted to give away my used copy and buy this one when I see it in stores 🙂

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