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Preview — The Eagle Tree by Ned Hayes
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 ...more
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, an ...more
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 ol ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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, Mi ...more
It is very difficult for me to assign a rating to this book, so I felt I should communicate my feelings in writing. The description grabbed my attention because I am very interested in autism, particularly books with autistic narrators. However, the description makes the plot seem much more intriguing than it actually is. I wanted to give up on this book too many times to count, but I trudged on only because the description promised that March, the narrator, would "take a stand" and enl ...more
The narration from the young boy is done so well that I feel as if I am actually inside a real boy's mind. I especially like how well the author has captured the autistic mind. The only thing that would have made the book better is if he had added sections of the mother with her ...more
I appreciated the insight of Peter March Wong, a 14-year old boy who is on the spectrum and who is a self-made tree expert. Seeing the world through Peter's eyes allowed the reader to experience the world in a different way. The book incorporates a lot of scientific information about trees into the storyline: photosynthesis, carbon fixation, transpiration, carbon "sinks", and the nitrogen cycle, as well as ecological ...more
The novel is written in first person from the point of view of this autistic teenager, and is cons ...more
I think this book told a very complex story, hidden in-between the lines. At first, I doubted where the book is going, but then the story shaped itself out.
It's also one of the best autism-related books I've ever read and the best one I've read in quite a while. It shows the tediousness related to communication, how someone's loved ones can struggle a bit despite loving their child, but also how special ...more
No two autistic individuals are the same, and I found ...more
His absolute favorite tree is the Ponderosa Pine. A rare and endangered tree, he never thought to see one in his home state. But while climbing the tree in his new backyard, he catches sight of a magnificent specimen. Known locally as the Eagle Tree, March ...more
The story is written from the point-of-view of a 14-year-old autistic boy who loves everything about trees. He loves counting trees, climbing trees, and talking about trees. And talking even more about trees. Talking about where they grow, when they grow, why they grow, and how they grow, in extremely intricate scientific det ...more
The book reminded me of reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time many years ago. A similarly thought-provoking book ...more
Have you wanted something so much that you were willing to risk your life for it?
I like books that make the feel like i'm inside another person's mind, especially if the mind is very different from my own. March, the narrator of t ...more
I found this story fascinating and engaging. I did tend to tune out on the long sections filled with facts about trees, just a ...more
Trees here, trees there and oh, more trees! This book talks a lot about trees, a lot!
Hayes did such an amazing job on creating this character, March Wong, who's on the autism spectrum. No cliched stereotype but a person so special and interesting, with a great fascination for trees, it drew me in immediately to see the world through his eyes.
Ned Hayes is a voracious reader (and writer) from Olympia Washington, who lives in Portland, Oregon.
My newest novel is THE EAGLE TREE ("Little A", 2016). The novel was a national bestseller, and was named by New York Times bestselling author Steve Silberman as one of the top 5 books on the autistic experience.
I read in many genres. I especially enjoy histo ...more