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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  4,803 ratings  ·  507 reviews
ISBN 9781503936645 has been moved to this edition.
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
Paperback, 262 pages
Published May 1st 2016 by Little A
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Melody this is a unique story. I was drawn in from the first and it surprised, informed and warmed my heart.

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Laura Cushing
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a person on the autism spectrum, I especially love books with autistic narrators. I am always a bit wary when they are written by a neurotypical author. Will they write from the martyr parent position, the Rainman, or the Autistic Speaks puzzle piece perspective? Only a few manage the Autistic character as an interesting individual who happens to be autistic, not a stereotype. The author of The Eagle Tree does a splendid job with the character of March Wong, using his special interest in tree ...more
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, an
David Reviews
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 diff ...more
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 ol
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
May 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
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.
Becky Kondritz
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
Jen La Duca
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

Devon H
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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, Mi
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

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
Debbie Carlson
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I selected this book from Amazon First because the reviews were tremendous, but it is not a book that would have ordinarily stood out to me. I was super impressed since most of the Amazon First books seems so amateurish.

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
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
I am a biology teacher and I really like trees, so this book piqued my interest.
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
Mary E. Gilmore
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All thanks to Amazon Prime's Kindle First perk, I was able to read this book prior to its release. The Eagle Tree is narrated by 14 y/o March Wong, an autistic boy with a vast love and knowledge of Pacific Northwest trees. I learned a lot about trees, the marbled murrelet, nature and people—and just how interconnected and interdependent they are. The book also has a lot to teach about autism. Author Ned Hayes based the story on his past experience working with children on the autistic spectrum.

Daniel Clark
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A thinker. Is everthing in this book accurate? I don't know. It does it make me excited to learn more about Autism and trees. ...more
Linda Martin
You would have to love forests to really enjoy this book. I think most people love forests, so what a great topic to write about! But this book isn't about a hike in the woods. The protagonist, a 14 year old boy on the autism spectrum, is obsessed with trees. He is so focused on learning about trees he's read and memorized scientific books about them and he wants to climb them daily. Rain or shine.

The novel is written in first person from the point of view of this autistic teenager, and is cons
Following March, a teenage aspi, and his love for trees was interesting. The story depicted well his personality and the difficulties he could have to deal with people or events. Everything was nicely displayed and easy to understand through March's point of view. The supportive cast wasn't really exciting but I appreciated how they tried to be inclusive and to give space to March, so he could be himself. The ecological side also was something I enjoyed, the book addressing important topics like ...more
An incredibly tender story of March, the young guy, who loves trees more than anybody else.

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
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, e-book, fiction
This is a beautiful story, about a boy, March, who is on the spectrum and struggles to connect with the world and communicate with those around him. Except when it comes to trees that is! This book is not only great for writing about a main character with autism, as well as his mother’s struggles with her son and his difficulties but also has a wealth of knowledge about trees and I learnt a fair few facts or two after I’d finished this book!

No two autistic individuals are the same, and I found
May 30, 2016 added it
March loves trees. He knows everything there is to know about their ecosystems, the various species, and anything else pertaining to them. His real passion is climbing them, mapping out the routes in his head and planning which to tackle next.

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
Apr 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
You know, I really wanted to finish this book. I really, really did. But the plot progressed far too slowly and the book was too repetitive to keep me engaged till the end.
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
Kartik Santhanakrishnan
Looking at the world from the point of view of another person is always interesting. This book goes a step further with a first-person account from a boy somewhere in the autistic spectrum. That, and a crash course in the ecology of the evergreen Pacific Northwest, make this book very compelling. As a novice birder, I loved the references to the marbled murrelet.

The book reminded me of reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time many years ago. A similarly thought-provoking book
Glauber Ribeiro
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about love and loss. Did you know that it's possible to lose a whole forest, one tree family at a time? Not only possible, it's happening right now and it will continue. The Appalachians will become a desert within a few years. How do you feel about this?

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
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Maybe it's my work experience in Special Education. Maybe it's just a damned good story. March Wong is a teenage boy with autism. Trees are his special interest and his knowledge is deep. Written in his own words, we learn how he thinks about the world around him. In his efforts to climb a special tree, he learns a lot about how he can form connections with other humans.
I found this story fascinating and engaging. I did tend to tune out on the long sections filled with facts about trees, just a
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, owned, ya-teen
This novel is given from the perspective of a 14-year-old autistic boy who loves trees. I think that it does a good job of letting the reader see a little of what autism is like but it wasn't as good as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ...more
vicki honeyman
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
read this will thank me.

I became enthralled with the characters voice, a 15 year old autistic boy. His wisdom has stayed with me through the days of reading the story. It is beautifully written, quietly emotional. As a tree and bird lover, the scientific data was fascinating and quite clever in its role in the story. Bravo to the author!
April Geiger
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is hands down one of the best books I've ever read. It gives great insight into the world of a teenager on the autistic spectrum and his love of trees and how he sees the world related to those trees. There is something for everyone to enjoy about this book that is so well written. I will definitely be looking at more from this author. ...more
Michael Kleiner
There is more known about autism than in 1988. That’s when the TV show, St. Elsewhere, about the staff at St. Eligius, an old teaching hospital in Boston, ended a six-year run. In one of the oddest finales to a series, the last scene fades to a silent autistic boy looking at an orb. Since, we did not know much about autism, we were supposed to wonder if the whole series was in the boy’s imagination. It was a disappointing end to a very good show whose cast included Howie Mandel, Ed Begley, Jr., ...more
Garrett Zecker
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter March Wong is a young man whose sole obsession and love in this world is trees. He knows everything about them, their lifecycle, their latin taxonomy, the threats by global warming, their habitats, and everything he can possibly know. As a boy operating on the autism spectrum, these obsessions have led him to a life where he is as expert as any academic dendrologist but has difficulty balancing these skills with the life and interpersonal skills required to operate independently. The apex ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I think I have learned something about falling. It is not necessary to have a plan, sometimes you can simply act. This is an idea I can hold on to."

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.

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Ned Hayes is a voracious reader (and writer) from Olympia Washington, who now lives in Portland, Oregon.

My novel THE EAGLE TREE 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.. The book has also been endorsed by Temple Grandin and many others.

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