Newly turned 13-year-old Eliza Mills meets the world head on, joining her precocious friend Paisley Park in a battle for animal rights, standing up to her traditional father when he calls for the destruction of her cherished Maple, and taking up bedside vigils with her dying grandfather.
After she loses the tree battle, and her grandfather finally takes his last breath, Eliza intensifies her search for life’s enigmas. When a mysterious box arrives from her grandfather, Eliza obsesses over its contents and patiently attempts to await her mother’s hesitant decision to open it.
As this suburban teen guides the reader through life’s tests – preserving her friendship which seems fueled by competitive schoolwork, understanding her older brother’s Zen conversations, and maintaining her tough tree-climbing ways as her father reminds her she’s a girl, and “girls don’t climb trees” – Eliza reaches milestone epiphanies about death, boys, and what it means to simply be.
The 1970s suburban California setting lays the backdrop for what is more than a coming-of-age novel. This Girl Climbs Trees returns the reader to simpler times of growing up; but as a tree dies, a young girl must grow up and discover that life is more than a mystery. Life is possibilities yet unseen.
This Girl Climbs Trees by Ellen Plotkin Mulholland
Fiction, Young Adult, Ages 11 & Up
Format: Paperback, 5.25x8
Publication Date: October 2013
List Price: $9.95
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