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a middle grade novel for ages 9-13

I speak for the trees

by julia c. edwards

If the trees are going to war,

so am I

Green Forest


Steeped in magic realism, I SPEAK FOR THE TREES is a birth-of-an-ecoactivist tale set in the woods of Massachusetts about a 13-year-old girl who sits in a tree to stand up against climate change.
Phoenix Reising is embarrassed by her name, her hippie mom, and her eco-depressed sister. It doesn’t help that her tree-scientist dad disappeared without a trace nine months ago. But things get a whole lot weirder when she finally “finds” him. She can't see him or touch him, but she “hears” him through the tree roots: “The trees are getting angry...”

Enter: the Paving King of Pitts, who shows up with a chainsaw and a plan to turn their forest into an amusement park. The lives of every tree—and her father—are on the line. She can't speak for them yet, but she knows one thing for certain: If the trees are going to war, then so is she!

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