Parents' Guide to

Ghost Hawk

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Gorgeous tale of Native American and colonist friendship.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

It's a little heavy

I read this book because my 5th grade daughter was reading it with her class at school. She said it was really good even though she was only part way through. I feel like the subject matter is a big heavy for 10yos but apparently her school district thinks it's appropriate because all 5th graders in the district read this book. It did have good role models and educational value when it came to the history of early America but there was quite a bit of violence, anger and sadness in the book.

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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GHOST HAWK is so moving, and so eye-opening, it belongs on every bookshelf. It's a story that deserves the widest possible audience, touching as it does on the beginnings of our nation and the fate of the indigenous people at the hands of those seeking freedom themselves.

As expected from the Newbery-winning author of the five-novel The Dark Is Rising Sequence, the writing is simple, elegant, and flawlessly constructed. Susan Cooper creates the larger historical backdrop and keeps it understandable for young readers. But it's the straightforward, unabashed intimacy of life's small moments as they flow from one to the next that elevates this moving tale beyond genre into the ranks of great literature.

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