“Kristin Kaye’s coming of age novel artfully places her young heroine in the midst of the burning questions facing the entire world such as climate change and culture wars. At the same time, she manages to weave her into a discovery of the ancient human connections to both trees and dreams. This is a work of wit and imagination that informs as it inspires; it also marks a trail of encouragement for the mutual lives of people and trees.”
—Michael Meade, author of The Genius Myth and Why the World Doesn’t End
When seventeen-year-old Jade Reynolds witnesses a violent clash between a protesting tree sitter and a local logger, she’s forced to flee the California town she grew up in. Jade runs as far as she can from the battles that plague her home and from the mysteries of the redwood forest, but the ancient redwoods are embedded in her psyche—she feels their call even in the dark and forgotten back alleys of Portland, Oregon where she’s hiding out. She soon becomes entangled with a lovable misfit and a band of radical slackers, environmentalists, and anarchists, and finds herself living 100 feet high in the canopy of a redwood grove, trying to decide whose side she’s on: the logging community she’s known her entire life or the environmentalists who are risking their lives for the future of the forest. When Jade is compelled to find a way beyond the division between Us and Them, she turns to the ancient trees themselves—and the thread-thin web that connects us all.
Tree Dreams is an eco-literary, coming of age novel relevant for teenagers and adults alike. For this rite of passage asks the same of all of us—whatever our life stage, at one point or another we each must discover our one true voice, and learn how to offer it to the world.
Tree Dreams has given rise to a global tree tagging campaign that celebrates the myriad ways we are connected to each other, to nature and to our future. Visit treedreams.net to join in.
Author: Kristin Kaye
Publication Date: April 10, 2018