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The good hawk

Series: Shadow Skye (1)

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406385854

Publication Date: 6 Feb 2020

Subject: Younger teen novels

Suitable for: Secondary (Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11)

AR: 4.3 MY

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Set in a mythological Scotland, three young people find themselves the only survivors when their clan is attacked by warriors and they are forced to leave their home island of Skye

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Set in a mythological Scotland, three young people find themselves the only survivors when their clan is attacked by warriors and they are forced to leave their home island of Skye

When all you've ever known is stolen, what will you risk to get it back?

Agatha is a good Hawk. She patrols the sea wall, and does it with pride, no matter what anyone else says about her right to be there. But when disaster strikes and her clan is brutally swept away in the longboats of an invading deamhain horde, she must leave the island and team up with the only other survivors - Jaime, a skinny teenage Angler who is afraid of the sea, and Lileas, a young girl from a rival tribe - to find a way of rescuing the only family they have ever known.

Their journey will take them from the Isle of Skye across the haunted Scotian mainland, where ravenous wildwolves, an abandoned queen and a horde of murderous shadows lie waiting for them.

NOTE: Contains violent scenes including deaths. Agatha is a character with Down's syndrome and around half of the book is narrated from her perspective. In the world of these characters there isn't a word for her condition but others react to her 'difference', 'what is wrong with her? etc' and at one point one character states that if she had been born as part of his own tribe, she would have been killed at birth. She is presented positively throughout and has an active, crucial role in the events of the story.

NOTE: IBBY 2021 collection of outstanding books for young people with disabilities

NOTE: Branford Boase Longlist 2021

Awards
  • Longlisted - Branford Boase Award 2021
Content advisory

Contains violent scenes including deaths. Agatha is a character with Down's syndrome and around half of the book is narrated fro

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Younger teen novels
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1
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6 Feb 2020
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9781406385854
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Paperback
Pages
350
Width
129mm
Height
198mm
Weight
260g
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