What is a new teen to do when her father chops down her first best friend, a motherly maple that has guarded her window since birth? Eliza Mills frets over her beloved tree where she climbed to the very top, sat and thought and wondered. Who is left to listen to her teen worries? Who can help her cope? What's up there, out there? If there is a god, why has he - or she - taken away what and who she loves? Perhaps some help lies inside a mysterious box left behind by her dying grandfather. Convinced he is trying to send her one final message, she believes this box remains her last hope. What secrets will its contents reveal? Eliza Mills takes the reader on a journey of life and death gently – and humorously - depositing us at the door of self-discovery.
“This Girl Climbs Trees” reminds me a lot of my days in middle school, wondering about life and death, competing with my best friend to be smarter, prettier, and trying decide what it really was that boys so fascinating. I will say that I never got an invitation into an army tent, but I do like how Eliza Mills handled it. She’s a girl I wish I had known when I was younger. - Goodreads
Remember what you pondered at age 13? To relive those refreshing questions from curious Eliza's perspective, I suggest reading "This Girl Climbs Trees". As one reads, one realizes two things: 1) some of our 13 year old questions are timeless and we are still wondering the answers and 2) we recognize our 13 year old selves in at least one of the characters Ms. Mulholland portrays. Her writing is refreshing and youthful throughout. - Amazon