The official site for Rise of the Munes

In 1914, the renowned marine painter Frederick Waugh walked into the woods on Monhegan Island, Maine and discovered the Munes. Over 100 years later they are rediscovered in the new story Rise of the Munes.

Coming soon!

Middle grade readers 8 and up
160 pages with illustrations

A daring adventure for all ages about seeing the world with new eyes and finding hope and love again.

After the death of her mother, twelve-year-old Ava stumbles upon a mysterious cottage while taking pictures in Holdenwood.  It begins to reveal its secrets through a labyrinth of coincidences when her father is hired by a museum on the remote island of Monhegan in Maine.

Ava and her younger brother Noah meet a girl called Zig-Zag on the island.Together they find an old book full of drawings of tree creatures called Munes.  The kids hatch up a plan to look for them in the woods but when they hear the Prophecy of the Trees - they learn time may be over for humans.  That is, unless, Ava and Noah can figure out the secret language in a mysterious painting left behind by a wizard over 100 years ago.

"Your photos of the Munes are inspiring, inspiriting and beautiful."- Jeffrey Cramer, Curator of Collections, The Walden Woods Project

The Stone Bridge in Holdenwood
When Palo is not at a Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Convention, or walking the trails of Holdenwood, he might be found flying a kite on Monhegan Island, Maine.

An exhibition of large photographs and drawings is available for libraries, museums, schools and other organizations.  For more information contact the author:

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