I'm excited to announce that THE EAGLE TREE, has just been accepted by Amazon Publishing for publication as part of their Kindle Press imprint!
Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement! Publication date to be announced.
THE EAGLE TREE is an unusual coming-of-age story told in the first person by March Williams, an autistic 14 year old boy obsessed with the trees of the Pacific Northwest.
March's powerful obsession with an endangered old-growth pine -- the Eagle Tree -- is the driving engine for his actions throughout the book. He alternates between active escape from other human beings and uncertain attempts to draw them into his campaign to save the unique tree.
March's ebullient embrace of trees is counter-balanced by his unconscious indifference to most human relationships and his (sometimes hilarious) misunderstandings of many social signals. In the course of his unusual and often blindly-destructive story, March proves his voice deserves to be heard in his community.
Informed by my past experience teaching young people on the autistic spectrum, THE EAGLE TREE is a rare story told in a lyrical and peculiarly entrancing voice that reads like an autistic memoir.
THE EAGLE TREE will appeal to readers who enjoyed the award-winning CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, as well as Jim Lynch's THE HIGHEST TIDE, which is also set in my hometown of Olympia Washington.