Run for the Trees (1999)
Adult Adventure Novel; Endorsed by David Bellamy and Paula Boock;
Shortlisted for "CanRead 2000; 2003. Re-published by Wings Press, USA;
'Golden Wings Award' May 2003
for the Trees” is an exciting YA adventure of sabotage and intrigue,
self-reliance and courage, that takes you on a breathless trip from
Wellington (NZ’s capital city) to West Coast wasps’ nests and back to
the Capital’s Beehive (Parliament).
Ben Costas finds himself alone when his mother goes on holiday with the
‘axe-murderer’ and his uncle, an eccentric eco-protester, disappears.
to the mix a bossy runaway called Ange, two tenacious thugs, and a
geriatric ‘greenie’. Ben’s struggles to reunite with Uncle Rick at an
anti-logging protest culminate in a scary race to expose political
corruption and save the native forest from exploitation.
are two central themes to this story: Ben’s journey to self-esteem
despite (or maybe because of) his dyslexia; and the crime of native
Golden Wings Award Winner May 2003
Golden Wings Award is presented twice each year to the one book that
the Senior Editor of the department feels best exemplifies wonderful
story telling ability, great characterization and exceptional writing
Book! Like Ben and Ange, a new generation is answering the cries of a
sick planet and doing what they can to protect it from the vested
interests of short-term profiteering. Time to shout ‘Stop’ from the
highest rimu tree to the depths of the ocean. Every voice counts.”
Dr David Bellamy, internationally acclaimed botanist.
is a delightful main character who thankfully doesn’t have the answer
to everything, Superman-like – but struggles with each obstacle and
makes a tremendous effort to problem-solve. Usually he succeeds. When he
doesn’t, he berates himself, because at heart he still thinks he’s a
dummy. The reader can see through this, though, so the message is
cleverly delivered – we can be our own worst enemy. Have faith.”
Paula Boock, award-winning author.
would recommend this book to anyone of my age living anywhere, because I
am sure that everyone can relate to at least one part of this book.”
Presto, Evening Post, May 1999.
for the Trees is a fast-paced, exciting read. The plot is ‘real’ and it
shows how young people can also join the fight to save our environment.
Above all, Ben is a ‘real’ character – by the end of the book you
decide he’s someone you’d really like to have as a friend.”
Tearaway Magazine – June 1999.
stunning and exciting novel for young adults…as far as I’m concerned
the highest accolade I can give it is to tell you that I read it in one
V. Scott, Evening Post, May 1999
Used as the source book for the Dare Foundation's DARE TO BE YOU.