Ghost Hawk (Hardcover)

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This lively story of early colonial days in America has peril and adventure and so very much more. When young John Wakely meets a boy his age, Little Hawk, a lifelong friendship bonds them. As tensions build between colonists and Native tribes, their friendship is tested in extreme ways, outlasting the bonds of time. (Marilyn)

Description


From Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper, a story of adventure and friendship between a young Native American and a colonial New England settler.

On the winter day Little Hawk is sent into the woods alone, he can take only a bow and arrows, his handcrafted tomahawk, and the amazing metal knife his father traded for with the new white settlers. If Little Hawk survives three moons by himself, he will be a man.

John Wakely is only ten when his father dies, but he has already experienced the warmth and friendship of the nearby tribes. Yet his fellow colonists aren’t as accepting of the native people. When he is apprenticed to a barrel-maker, John sees how quickly the relationships between settlers and natives are deteriorating. His friendship with Little Hawk will put both boys in grave danger.

The intertwining stories of Little Hawk and John Wakely are a fascinating tale of friendship and an eye-opening look at the history of our nation. Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper also includes a timeline and an author’s note that discusses the historical context of this important and moving novel.

About the Author


Susan Cooper is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. Her classic five-book fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor and has sold millions of copies worldwide. She is also the author of Victory, a Booklist Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth book and a Washington Post Top Ten for Children novel; King of Shadows, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor book; The Boggart; Seaward; and many other acclaimed novels for young readers and listeners. She lives in Massachusetts, and you can visit her online at TheLostLand.com.

Praise for Ghost Hawk…


Ghost Hawk is the work of a writer with great imaginative power and long-practiced narrative skill. I was swept up in the story, shocked, moved, and  enthralled - and completely convinced by the historical background. I haven't read anything better for a long time."
-Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass

"Susan Cooper has asked the ghosts of our shared history to sing. And when she asks, they always do."
-William Alexander, author of the National Book Award winner Goblin Secrets

"Ghost Hawk  is a treasure.... Beautifully written, vivid with its manifest love for the land, it is a story of suffering and survival, both tragic and heroic."
-Karen Cushman, author of the Newbery Medal winner The Midwife's Apprentice

*"Well-researched and elegant historical fantasy... Cooper demonstrates, as Little Hawk says, “Change is made by the voice of one person at a time.”


* "Cooper has written a richly plotted, lyrical, and near-epic novel...this is simply an unforgettable reading experience."

"[A] sensitive portrayal of an unusual friendship."

Product Details ISBN-10: 1442481412
ISBN-13: 9781442481411
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 08/27/2013
Pages: 336
Language: English
Recommended Reading Level Minimum Age: 8
Maximum Age: 12
Minimum Grade Level: 3rd Grade
Maximum Grade Level: 7th Grade