By Susan Cooper
Margaret K. McElderry Books, Hardcover, 9781442481411, 328pp.
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
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.
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."