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Sky Hawk

Written by Gill Lewis

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Sky Hawk Review

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 9+ readers Stories about Animals

Firstly published ten years ago to critical acclaim, Sky Hawk has been captivating readers ever since

Rich in atmosphere and full of heart, Sky Hawk is an intense and touching story of how protecting a rare bird forges a deep and special friendship between two children. The osprey is Iona’s secret but she trusts Callum to keep it and together the two of them do all they can to keep the bird safe. From the glittering lochs of Scotland to the mangrove swamps of the Gambia, Sky Hawk is an enthralling tale about a promise between two friends, Callum and Iona, that will change lives forever, and the power of friendship, loyalty, and hope.  A book to treasure.

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Sky Hawk Synopsis

Callum and his friends find Iona poaching on Callum's farm. She is not supposed to be there, but Callum feels bad about chasing her away. He finds her shivering in the woods, refusing to leave. There is a secret hidden in the forest above the dark waters of the loch, and Iona is its guardian.

When she decides to trust Callum with it, they form an indestructible bond that will change Callum's world forever... And then I saw it. I saw the secret hidden in our valley. No one else knew about it. Just me, and Iona. 

Sky Hawk Press Reviews

Opens your eyes, touches your heart, and is so engaging it almost turns the pages for you. This beautifully written, captivating book should be on everyone's bookcase. Breathtaking. Poignant. Unforgettable. An edge-of-your-seat wildlife adventure that tells a very human story of friendship, discovery and an incredible journey. I loved it! Rich in atmosphere and full of heart, Sky Hawk is an intense and touching story of how protecting a rare bird forges a deep and special friendship between two children . . . Sky Hawk is an enthralling tale about a promise between two friends, Callum and Iona, that will change lives forever, and the power of friendship, loyalty, and hope. A book to treasure. - The Guardian

I loved Sky Hawk-it's a tremendously assured debut novel and it reminded me very much of the books Michael Morpurgo writes. I can see teachers wanting to share this one with their classes because its themes are simultaneously diverse and universal, but I also think it's a book for all ages to savour at home. Highly recommended. - www.thebookbag.co.uk

From the first page I was drawn into this very real novel which has at its heart an ecological message. The characters are truly believable and the language of this novel is poetic and beautiful. For anyone with an interest in wildlife and conservation issues, I would strongly suggest they buy this debut novel by emerging writer Gill Lewis. I hope it won't be her last book! - First News, The Weekly Newspaper for Kids

Powerful, evocative writing about landscape and the natural world, and delicately drawn characters existing within the complex nexus of human relationships in a small village are sensitively combined in this absorbing, very moving novel. - BookTrust

Gill Lewis' beautifully understated writing gently sweeps her reader along and the story, itself, quietly and lyrically conveys her moving and timely message of the interconnectedness of people with nature and people with people - whether within one village or across the earth. This is a beautiful book which will have resonance for many readers beyond its target readership. - www.booksforkeeps.co.uk

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Book Information

ISBN: 9780192780782
Publication date: 2nd September 2021
Author: Gill Lewis
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Animals

About Gill Lewis

Gill Lewis has adored animals for as long as she can remember. From building a mini hospital for insects in her garden as a child, to working as a vet in the wilds of Africa, her life has been full of fascinating wildlife adventures. She now lives in Somerset with her family and their pets, which include dogs, chickens, and a rescued Shetland pony. She dreams up stories in her treehouse, surrounded by squirrels and plates of biscuits. Her books have won and been shortlisted for numerous awards. A Street Dog Named Pup is the first book that she has ...

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