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A compelling read, this story will captivate and inspire readers to greater goals The Eagle Tree is one of the first books in a while for me that has captivated my attention and helped me feel alongside the main character.Enter March Wong A teen on the autistic spectrum, March eats, breathes, and sleeps knowledge of trees He has read science book after science book filled with facts and figures about trees and how to identify them As a coping mechanism and something to lean on, his uncle, Mike, introduces him to climbing trees and March is hooked He diligently climbs a minimum of three trees per day, sometimes as many thirty trees.What is truly fascinating about this book, is that Hayes expertly weaves together the study of human behavior with the study of science in a way that feels effortless even to a reader who has very little knowledge of either trees or autistic behavior I found myself hanging onto every feeling and emotion that March had, hoping and hoping for progress and feeling each set back as if it were my own The overarching narrative about global warming and climate change also set a precedence for healthy contemplation What does an environmentalist look like Who should be expected to change their behavior to halt global warming March experiences everything very literally due to his autism Hayes employs first person so effectively that readers are privy to the way March views everything There is little or no narrative that doesn t come from March s perspective and that proves effective for developing readers feelings for our protagonist Here s a sample of March s thought processes I don t know what a Republican is, or how you can kill education Education is not a living thing, it is an action that you perform to someone else to give them knowledge And most of what I learn at ORLA is not knowledge I have learned all about trees on my own, for example They have me do art, even though I am not good at art And they teach me the history of human beings, for which I cannot see an applicable purpose I like dates and times to be precise, but the way Mr Gatek teaches, that appears to be a very small part of human history March thinks hard about each metaphor and he does improve upon his judgment about when he should or should not tell somebody that they are factually incorrect.Instead of painting autism as a tragedy, Hayes paints acomplete picture of what an autistic experience can look like March has good days and bad days, progress and setbacks His autism does prove to be challenging for himself and his family, but they work with all the behaviors associated with his autism to allow him to successfully communicate with not only his family, but all the people around him.The conclusion of this book felt a little confusing and jumbled together I m not really sure how it all related or how it wrapped up the story The narrative seemed a littlefantastical than the rest of the book, which mostly felt very literal and factual This fantastical element was rather a new introduction and made March s story feel rather theatrical because it was so dramatic and improbable I felt through most of the book that the story line was very believable and authentic, but the ending muddled that for me I guess the only thing I can suggest would be for you to go read it for yourself and see how you feel about it.I received a copy of this book as a part of TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. The Eagle Tree by Ned Hayes is a book that I nominated on Kindle Scout like Melophobia and The Lost Tribe In this case, the author s name was familiar to me I had reviewed his rather unusual historical mystery, Sinful Folk, on Book Babe It seems to me that there was a long delay between the selection of The Eagle Tree for publication by Kindle Press in October 2015 and its recent publication this May I confess that I forgot that I had nominated it and was entitled to a free copy according to Kindle Scout s rules So when I first encountered it on Goodreads, I became as enthusiastic as I had been when I nominated it I then proceeded to purchase it right away on .So why did I jump at the chance to acquire The Eagle Tree It combines two elements that are of tremendous interest to me The protagonist, Peter March Wong, is an autistic teen This novel s protagonist is also deeply concerned with climate change and other environmental issues, as am I I consider The Eagle Tree the most original piece of contemporary fiction that I ve ever read about an autist, and it also excels as eco fiction It will definitely be among my favorite 2016 reads.For my complete review see @Free õ The Eagle Tree ⚛ 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 DoorOne 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 I admit it I have a problem with first person narratives by children My problem is so great that I could not make it through Jonathan Safran Foer s highly regarded book, EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE The EAGLE TREE is narrated by 14 year old Peter March Wong Peter, or March as he prefers to be called, is autistic He is preoccupied by trees, so it is fortunate that he lives with his mother in the state of Washington, rather than with his father in Arizona He describes the surviving old growth forests and the nurse logs from fallen trees that nurture future growth so passionately, it draws the reader into his point of view These forests are an affirmation of continuity March not only knows everything about trees, he is obsessed with climbing them He can noexplain that compulsion than George Mallory could explain why he wanted to climb Mt Everest Mallory s response to the question sounded visionary March s response elicits dismay and an ever growing list of constrictions about which trees he can climb, when he can climb them, and how long he can stay in them His is no casual passion He estimates he climbs some 5.6 trees a day, and that s only on average None of these climbs, however, can compete with the lure of the Eagle Tree The Eagle Tree is a special case It rises to a height of perhaps 300 feet It is ancient It represents an endangered species, due to the winter survival of ponderosa pine beetles in a warming climate The plot moves in two directions First, there is March s attempt to save the tree when that section of the forest is marked off for development Second, there is a looming custody hearing to determine if March should be institutionalized Although March s passion for trees is at times lyrical and persuasive, these two plot scenarios are insufficient to support the length of a novel The strength of the book lies in descriptions of March s acute tactile imagery Here, the mind of the boy and the magical beauty of the trees become one While he hates touching people, he loves the feel of treesI reached down to feel the soil, and I touched the outreaching roots of the trees that bore horizontally and vertically hundreds of feet through the forest I stroked the earth with my palm, and I could almost feel that invisible network of capillary roots that sucks moisture and nutrients out of every inch of the soil I was standing on I breathed in and out I was part of the forest I was aliveLoc 887 On another walk he thinksI felt the bark of the trees on either side of me as I walked It was very soothing Here in the LBA Woods, the trees grew very close together and when I did not walk on the path, I would reach out with my fingertips and touch their bark as I passed The skin of the trees was warm in the sunlight, and rough, and I imagined that each tree contained a soul Like an Ent I knew this idea was not a true thing, but still I felt good that the trees were hereLoc 1744 Passages like these made the book worth reading.Unfortunately, I had THE GOLDEN SPRUCE by John Vaillant and THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME by Mark Haddon in the back of my mind while I read this book The former is a nonfiction account of the Pacific Northwest forests The latter is a quasi mystery narrated by a teen with Asperger s Syndrome The EAGLE TREE, by comparison, did not carve out a compelling narrative to me I could not sustain an immersion in the book, and much of the plot was predictable A focus on the dynamic between March, his mother and his uncle would have strengthened the development of the characters Instead, we never see the adults in this book except through March s eyes However, anyone with some interest or background in botany will appreciate the details on forest ecology I obtained this book for free from the Kindle First program and found it an interesting experiment. Finished this Kindle First book two days after selecting it this month This novel is narrated by a fourteen year old boy with autism Viewing the world through these eyes was a treasure especially as a teacher reading this Loved the ideas of trees, nature, our connectedness with all things, etc. I did not finish this book I could not keep reading it If you love trees and every bit of information you could possibly dig up about each and every tree, then you will like this book I thought there was much much too much info about trees and not enough about the story, which I think was about an autistic 14 year old boy who was always hurting himself by climbing trees and was affecting the possibility of him being taken away from his mom. I know this is told by an autistic character, but the trees are getting to me, even as a biologist I did like it, overall 3.5 rating for slow start. My So Called Review The Eagle Tree is the first book I ve read by author, Ned Hayes and I d like to start this review by giving a very special thanks to Trish Collins at TLC Book Tours She contacted me to ask if I d like to review this book and after reading the synopsis I couldn t accept fast enough Although she could not have known it at the time, The Eagle Tree s subject matter is one I relate to on a very personal level My oldest son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when he was 5 and it s not often that you find fictional stories, TV shows, or movies that portray characters with ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder accurately and honestly So thank you Trish, this is not a book that would have been on my radar had you not contacted me The Eagle Tree is the story of an autistic fourteen year old named March Wong and how he connects to the world through his love of trees He and his mother recently moved to a smaller home and while she s struggling with his behavior, March is struggling to understand and adapt to these changes He spends every day climbing the local trees he knows everything about each species and their ecosystems While climbing a neighbor s tree one day March sees a huge tree in the distance and becomes rather obsessed in his need to climb it He learns that the locals call it the Eagle Tree but before he gets the chance to climb it he also learns of the plans to cut down the historic tree to make way for a new housing development March makes a bold plan to protest the destruction of the beautiful tree but doesn t realize he could potentially loose something far greater in the process.Told through the eyes of March, The Eagle Tree is an intimate and respectful look into the mind of someone with autism I was truly blown away by how well Ned Hayes wrote March s character I was completely pulled into this world where the most important thing was a desperate tree in need of salvation March s frustrations in expressing himself and making those around him understand and care about the trees he loves so much was equally heartfelt and touching As the story moves on March begins to grow and mature, he becomesself aware which in turn begins to strengthen his personal relationships with those that care for him.I cannot tell you enough how much I loved The Eagle Tree I m not the type of reader who re reads books and most books that I love tend to fade from my memory soon after I ve finished them I think this happens because I read so much and so quickly so the finer details of novels tend to fade or blend together This book is different though March s story is so beautiful and so very special to me and they will both always have a place in my heart for a very long time I would highly recommend this one to anyone who s interested in books that have a diverse point of view I would also recommend it for anyone who s been touched by knowing someone or caring for someone with ASD.A huge thank you to TLC Book Tours for inviting me to participate in this blog tour and for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review This review was originally posted on My So Called Book Reviews I believe in trees. Meet March Wong, a fourteen year old autistic boy who is obsessed with trees If he had his way, he would talk about nothing but trees, and spend his time doing nothing but climbing them But, this tree climbing thing isn t sitting too well with everyone else Neighbors are calling the cops, and his mom is threatening to move him to a treeless town in Arizona And, if he continues getting injured in his climbing quests, the authorities may take him away from his mother, and put him in an institution Then one day, he spies the majestic Eagle Tree Nothing will keep him from climbing that beauty.UnlessThe tree is on property that has been sold Property that is going to be forested If he hopes to save the Eagle Tree, March will have to conquer his fears of public speaking, and learn to communicate and cooperate with others I wish I could rate this one higher It s well written, and I applaud any young adult book that doesn t contain a paranormal love story BUT there s just too much tree talk for me There is tree history, tree facts, tree names in both Latin and Native American, tree descriptions, tree taxonomy, and on and on and on I m a tree hugger, but I honestly wanted to reach for a chainsaw scream It is difficult for me to care about people But I believe it would be useful for me to keep in mind the idea that we are like trees all connected at the roots, all touching each other all the time, even though we may not consciously feel those connections or those touches. The Eagle Tree by Ned Hays is about an autistic teenager s love of trees March Wong is fourteen years old and he lives with his mother, who occasionally struggles to cope with his behaviour His favourite daily activity is climbing the local trees, with which he is both fascinated and concerned about A memorable read that takes us sensitively into the mind of an autistic child March s frustrations are touching, from a world he perceives doesn t care about trees as much as he does, to the difficulties he has expressing his affection for his mother are heartfelt.When March spies a huge tree while climbing his new neighbour s Red Cedar, his life is changed and his desire to climb the Eagle Tree becomes almost an obsession But before he can climb it he learns that there are plans for the tree to be cut down as part of new housing development March plans to make a protest and we are taken through an unusual, while ultimately uplifting story.The author touches on global warming and other ecological issues through March s insights and readings There are a lot of facts about trees, tree pests and how man has influenced the environment These details really were part of the story and didn t detract from the emotional family issues or the obsession March has with the Eagle Tree.I took me a little while to get in to this, but once involved it s a really enjoyable read that I won t forget It s great to see March develop as a person and see his relationships strengthen The author makes March s autistic thought patterns interesting and there is the environmental message, as well some emotional scenes This was overall a worthwhile read and I m sure others will think so too.