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Kodiak Island, Alaska. Fifth graders Emily and David have become best friends. Emily, born on Kodiak, is a Native American. Davids family has recently come from Detroit to the purity of the Alaskan wilderness, fleeing the pollution they believed caused Davids leukemia which is now in remission. Emily wants to be a marine wildlife biologist and is a hands-on animal lover. David is a student of books and birdwatcher. He wants to be an ornithologist. Together they explore Kodiak beaches and find a dead eagle which they bring to school for an autopsy in science class. Later they discover an occupied cliff-site eagles nest. With cliff-climbing bravery and a hope that the parent eagles will accept them if they remain calm and courteous, Emily and David visit the nest.
When Emilys mother, a scientist, makes a business trip to Valdez, Emily accompanies her. They are caught in rough weather that later puts an oil tanker off course and onto the reefs. It spills 138,000 barrels of oil into the sea. As part of the Coast Guard scout team, Emily becomes aware that an entire generation of fish will be lost, that the fishing industry is in peril and that natures food chain is now poisoned. Who is to blame? The oil company? The consumers who buy oil for traveling, heating, and cooking? One solution seems to be to develop solar energy while conserving what we currently use.
As the oil slick spreads, Emilys grandmother is evacuated to Kodiak. She tells Emily the lore of creation and the place of the eagle as the soul of man. Grandmother is sensitive to all animals and intuitively knows the nature of Davids illness. Not until he collapses does Emily realize that he really is sick. She gives him a wishing stone and a secret eagle feather to take with him to the hospital.
Emily resolves to bring their eagles untainted salmon from the cannery even if she has to steal ituntil the eaglets leave the nest and the parents follow. In a dramatic closing scene, David has just returned from the hospital. The two children are off to feed their eagles. But the oil slick has hit the beach. Emily and David struggle in the goo, fearing the worst. Happily, the young eagles have gone and the parents are ready to follow. With a swoop to retrieve a final cannery salmon from their friends, the eagles fly off
If I Touched An Eagle includes beautiful passages from the point of view of the eagle. These are almost poetic.
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Book Description Royal Fireworks Pr, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0880920645