The Eagle Tree — 2016 Novel


THE EAGLE TREE is now available from your local bookstores (Indies first!),  Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

         

THE EAGLE TREE is published by Little A. Thank you to all my early readers for your support and encouragement!
Endorsed by Steve Silberman, Temple Grandin, Francisco X. Stork and Susan Senator, The Eagle Tree will appeal to readers who enjoyed Mark Haddon’s award-winning Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time or Jim Lynch’s The Highest Tide. 

Fourteen-year-old March Wong knows everything there is to know about trees. They are his passion and his obsession, even after his recent fall—and despite social services’ threat to take him away from his mother if she doesn’t keep him out of their branches. But the young autistic boy just cannot resist the captivating pull of the Pacific Northwest’s lush forests just outside his backdoor.

One day, March is devastated to learn that the Eagle Tree—a monolithic Ponderosa pine near his home in Olympia—is slated to be cut down by developers. Now, he will do anything in his power to save this beloved tree, including enlisting unlikely support from relatives, classmates, and even his bitter neighbor. In taking a stand, March will come face-to-face with some frightening possibilities: Even if he manages to save the Eagle Tree, is he risking himself and his mother to do it?

Intertwining themes of humanity and ecology, The Eagle Tree eloquently explores what it means to be a part of a family, a society, and the natural world that surrounds and connects us.

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A reading from THE EAGLE TREE at the Rainier Writing Workshop:

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2 Comments

  1. Sarah
    Jun 24, 2016

    I am considering this book as a summer read for my middle school students. I have not read this yet because I was curious about Ponderosa Pines in Olympia. It seems a peculiar tree for such a wet area. Or is that part of the story? Can you help to explain this to me? Thanks!

    • nedhayes
      Jun 24, 2016

      Hi Sarah — Thanks for your question. Yes, the fact that there is a (single) Ponderosa Pine growing in the wet environs of Olympia is definitely part of the plot of the story! The main character loves trees… and loves Ponderosas, and is excited to discover this tree growing in this strange location. Thanks for the recommendation, Sarah — if your students are interested, I’d be happy to do a Skype discussion with them after they read the book 😉 — Ned Hayes, Author of THE EAGLE TREE

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