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I saw  the Eagle Tree for  the first time on the third  Monday of the month of March, which I guess could be considered auspicious if I believed in magic or superstition or religion or something like that, because my middle name is March, and that is the name I like people to call me, and I do not respond if you call me by other names. My mother continues on occasion to call me Peter, despite the fact that I have told her that I am March.
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The Eagle Tree Paperback– July 5, 2016 by Ned Hayes

From the Publisher.

Fourteen-year-old March Wong knows everything there is to know about trees. They are his passion and his obsession, even after his recent falls—and despite the state’s threat to take him away from his mother if she can’t keep him from getting hurt. But the young autistic boy cannot resist the captivating pull of the Pacific Northwest’s lush forests just outside his back door.

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 part of a family, a society, and the natural world that surrounds and connects us.

 

About the Author. Ned Hayes is the author of the novels THE EAGLE TREE, SINFUL FOLK and COEUR D’ALENE WATERS. The historical novel SINFUL FOLK was nominated for the “Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.”

Ned Hayes studied Chaucer and medieval literature in graduate school. His work has appeared in national magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. He holds an MA in literature and an MFA in writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop (PLU). He lives with his family near Seattle, Washington. || http://NedNote.com

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