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I have renamed my story with a title that, I think, really gets to the root of the book: HEMLOCK UNROOTED.
This shift came at the end of a revision in which, among a handful of other track changes, included changing the legend of the Nature Child, to the legend of the Unrooted Child. I think this new concept and title captures the tone and tension of Hemlock's strange relationship with the world much better than the former title, Hemlock Awakening. I can feel a bit unrooted myself at times, but I'm excited about this evolution!
Near, the end of the 2017/18 school year, I had the pleasure to be a guest author in Cat and Samata's 4th and 5th grade classroom at Odyssey Community School. This bright eyed bunch had finished Hemlock Awakening together, and their questions were both enthusiastic and insightful, showing they understood or guessed at the deeper layers of the story's plot. You can read a few of the student's comments about the book below:
"You really describe things with such detail and still have it so [we] can understand what it means."
"The mysteries are so good, it's inviting."
"I like how you wrote the story so you can picture it in your head."
"The cliffhangers were really good, so naturally the agony was all the more painful."
"The book, 'Hemlock Awakening' blew my mind AWAY!!!"
"What's going to happen to Hemlock next?"
A friend just shared this web article with me about how research indicates that trees have a kind of heartbeat that pumps water around their system over a period of a couple hours. The article also suggests that birch trees 'sleep' at night, relaxing their branches when they don't have to expend energy reaching toward the sun. I love this stuff.
Trees Have a Heartbeat, Scientists Discover