Where Eagles Come From is a fictional story but it is based on true life events of a young, African American girls’ life, in modern times. Masie is an only child who lives somewhat lonesome in southern California with her mother and father. Since her parents are professionals and often distracted with work, Masie becomes fascinated in finding a family beyond herself as an only child. Her annual summer vacations have her spending time at her Grandma’s house in the low country of South Carolina; a world away from California. Time spent here introduces Masie to clues of a family past found in a trunk kept away in the attic. These attic discoveries send Massie and her Grandma on adventures that reveal family ties to a “Freedom Seeker” born into slavery in Georgia. This “Freedom Seeker” joined the 135th United States Colored Troop after the emancipation as part of General William T. Sherman’s Army. This find results in the family coming together, after forty years of being disconnected, to learn about the contributions their relative made for his family and our nation. This is a celebration for Masie!
The book highlights life experiences of a young girl growing up in the south, in modern times, and making discoveries about her family that were left to be forgotten. Discoveries that changes a young girl’s life and perspective. Additionally, the story shows how the differences in generations can find common motivations and needs that, when they work together to overcome them, can result in a very special, meaningful bond.