The Communing Tree
The Communing Tree is a new novel about courage, persistence, and survival as two sisters face a perilous new life alone in the wilderness.
A memorable book for young adults and the young at heart.
THE COMMUNING TREE
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A light flashes in our direction, and we flatten on the ground. … I’m trembling uncontrollably in terror, but through my fear comes the instinct to run and hide. … I grab Kali and the dog and race back deep into the woods.
Sixteen-year-old Judith and her little sister, Kali, are the last of their survivalist family. For years they have lived hidden deep in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness of southwestern Oregon, convinced that the end times were coming. When tragedy strikes, the girls escape their family’s killers, joining their grandmother at the family home. When she too is gone, they live alone in the wilderness, fearful of being discovered. Judith cares for her little sister Kali, who, because of trauma, has stopped speaking. Alone, they struggle to survive in their isolated cabin, until a mysterious secretive visitor brings them aid. Will they discover who he is? Will they ever find a way to leave and return to the “outside,” as they think of it? Will they be alone forever?
REVIEWS of THE COMMUNING TREE
This action-adventure story is perfect for young adults. Two of my Nieces read it and loved it. I found the story engrossing and I also loved how smart, brave and courageous the characters were. It's a harrowing tale of survival and persaverence my seat from start to finish.
Wow, what a great story! This is a story of female empowerment and independence, loss and strength, overcoming and persevering, facing and overcoming fears. You will be rooting for the two main characters throughout this book. It also provides a terrific glimpse into the rare and beautiful southwestern forests of Oregon, which still have some remote terrain. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to escape from civilization or live on your own, you'll experience that way of life through this story. I'd recommend this to anyone age 12 or older.
[Author's note: Yes, there is! There are exciting times ahead for Judith and her sister Kali.]
MIDDLE SCHOOL READER from AMAZON REVIEW
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Theresa (Ackerman) Verboort was born in Coos Bay, Oregon, and grew up on the southwestern coast in the fifties. After high school, she worked in forest-fire lookouts to earn her way through college to achieve a BA in English. These experiences were fine background for writing this novel. Always interested in writing, she, after a long career as a wife and mother, finally had time to bring Judith’s story to fruition. The great Kalmiopsis Wilderness of southwestern Oregon inspired the writing of The Communing Tree.